Combating the COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis is severe, and with two doctors as family members, Mike knows firsthand: it’s time for action, not politics. He will work to ensure our healthcare professionals, first responders, and essential workers get the protection and resources they need to fight the deadly virus and keep our communities safe and healthy.
Just as important as fighting the virus is planning for the aftermath. Mike is ready to make the tough, responsible decisions about when we reopen our economy and how we take on the economic impact. We must prioritize investing in hardworking Pennsylvanians, and ensure big corporations are pulling their own weight.
Creating Healthcare Solutions
Skyrocketing healthcare costs and more insecurity than ever shows that the healthcare industry is focused on profits over people. Mike knows a healthy community is a strong community, and is ready to act to ensure everyone has access to affordable healthcare. He will work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, protect coverage for those with preexisting conditions, and hold drug companies responsible for creating the opioid crisis, while finding safe and affordable treatments for those working to get their lives back.
Fighting for Our Schools
Year after year, our communities are forced to cut spending on education while paying more in taxes; We deserve better. Mike is ready to fight for the full and fair funding our school districts need. From funding school renovation projects to ensuring charter school transparency to making it easy to report non-compliance with educational rights, Mike will work to ensure an equal education and a bright future for our children, and children across Pennsylvania.
Making Government Work
Too many politicians in Harrisburg will do anything to stay in power. They rig the maps for our voting districts and take advantage of weak campaign finance laws to rake in dark money, all the while neglecting the needs of real hardworking people. Mike will fight for campaign finance reform, a gift ban for legislators, and an independent citizens commission to ensure integrity in our redistricting process.
Solving Gun Violence
Every year, we see too many families ripped apart and innocent lives lost from the tragedy of gun violence. Mike is ready to fight for common-sense solutions to keep our families safe, from universal background checks to bans on bump stocks, high capacity magazines, and assault weapons—he has already proposed legislation addressing gun violence in Pennsylvania. We must stop people with felonies who have committed domestic violence or suffer from severe mental illness from getting a gun. He will represent the community, never the NRA.
Creating a Fair Tax System
The Harrisburg Majority has spent years creating sky-high tax bills for our district’s property owners while watching big corporations create out-of-state shell companies to avoid taxes. Mike will fight to get our priorities straight and close tax loopholes to make big corporations pay their fair share, so we can lower taxes to support small businesses run by hard-working citizens.
Fighting for Workers and Unions
When campaign donors, not the people, are dictating policy on the rights of workers to collectively bargain, we must say enough is enough. In his first term Mike has proposed legislation to strengthen worker protections, and will continue his work to make our unions stronger and protect workers so they can receive the higher wages and better health care they deserve. These changes will help reduce poverty, close the gender pay gap, and make our community stronger.
Protecting the Environment for Our Children
It’s essential to think about the world we will pass onto our children. Mike knows Pennsylvania should be a leader in conservation and environmental protection. In his first term he has served on the Environmental Resources Committee and been the Democratic Chair of the Subcommittee on Parks & Forests, leading him to propose legislation on improving electronic recycling and banning a dangerous pesticide. Mike will continue to work to create more green space in our communities, and strengthen our Department of Environmental Protection because our children deserve nothing less.
Ensuring Justice for All
The law should protect every Pennsylvanian—and every American—from discrimination, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation. Trump and the Harrisburg Majority have undermined this core American value. Mike knows our community cannot stand by and let that happen. We need to stand tall, speak loudly, and fiercely defend this core value that rang out from Philadelphia almost 250 years ago – that all of us are created equal.