Wendy on the Issues
We need someone who can listen and act. We do not need another rubber stamp in Harrisburg. Our families and our communities need a strong voice to champion a future that protects and serves all Pennsylvanians. She will respond to citizens’ concerns and work collaboratively to find common-sense solutions. Wendy will work for the well being of our families, our communities, and our shared future. As a legislator, she will honor the values and priorities of our district and refuse to be swept up in a polarized political agenda.
What Wendy Will Do:
Fight For Our Families
Healthcare Saves Lives and Keeps Families Together
✔ Defend SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
✔ Champion Paid Family and Medical Leave
✔ Ensure Insurance Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions
✔ Protect Women’s Right to Choose and Preserve Current Funding for Planned Parenthood
✔ Remove Roadblocks to Treatment-Oriented Solutions for Opioid Addiction
✔ Safeguard Our Seniors’ Economic Security
No person should be denied access to care due to administrative roadblocks or threat of financial ruin. Wendy will defend current funding for our citizens who rely on SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare, and subsidized insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Several states have adopted Paid Family and Medical Leave; Pennsylvania should join them. This common-sense approach helps working families when they really need it.
Women’s healthcare rights are under attack. Wendy will fight to ensure women’s full reproductive rights. We must continue to fund Planned Parenthood at the current level and require insurance to provide free prescription birth control as required by the ACA.
Opioid overdose fatalities have been increasing, and in 2017 there were 232 fatal overdoses in Bucks County. Wendy supports Bucks County’s efforts to hold big pharma accountable for their part in opioid addiction. She believes that we must also treat addiction as a medical crisis and fund treatment.
Wendy will fight to provide seniors with the services they have earned and advocate for seamless integration of services. She will also support our senior community centers.
Protect Our Communities
A Pennsylvania that Works to Lift Every Voice
✔ Champion Affordable Pre-K Education
✔ Invest in our K-12 Education
✔ Improve Funding for State Colleges, Universities, and Apprenticeships
A quality education should be a right, not a privilege for every child in Pennsylvania. It is imperative that we immediately reverse the trend of our legislature providing less and less funding for public education and shifting more and more of the burden onto our local communities.
Research has proven the value of pre-K education in preparing our kids to thrive. We need affordable pre-k education to put all children on the path to academic success.
For 25 of the last 30 years, Harrisburg has reduced funding to support our state’s higher education. This has resulted in tuition costs at state institutions being well above the national average. Harrisburg must reverse this trend.
A Pennsylvania that Protects Every Citizen
✔ Pass the Pennsylvania Fairness Act
Discrimination has no place in Pennsylvania. When Wendy gets to Harrisburg, she will support the Pennsylvania Fairness Act to explicitly protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in public accommodations.
Support Common Sense Gun Safety Legislation
✔ Ban Bump Stocks and Large Capacity Magazines
✔ Ban the Sale of Assault-Type Weapons
✔ Expand Background Checks
✔ Support the No Fly, No Buy Measure
✔ Universal Background Checks and Registration for All New Gun Purchases
✔ Require Hands-On Safety Training for First-Time Gun Purchasers
We can protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence while respecting the rights of responsible gun owners. Wendy will work for common-sense solutions to stop gun violence, like universal background checks, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers, and the mentally ill and bans on weapons of war to keep our communities and kids safe.
Criminal Justice Reform to Protect Our Most Vulnerable
✔ Eliminate the Criminal Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse
✔ Prioritize Treatment Over Jail-Time for Addiction and Mental Health Problems
✔ Decriminalize Recreational Marijuana
When we put our communities first, we can find innovative alternatives to our criminal justice system. Wendy supports the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s recommendations to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse and lengthening the time allowed for victims to bring civil lawsuits.
Wendy will support treatment-based alternatives to sentencing guidelines for those battling addiction. Wendy also supports moving forward on the decriminalizing of recreational marijuana in the state.
Preserve Our Future
Changing the Culture of Harrisburg
✔ Pass a Balanced Budget on Time
✔ Protect Our Democracy from Gerrymandering and Preserve Election Integrity
Our budget must reflect our priorities and invest tax dollars wisely. We have seen a culture in Harrisburg that prioritizes the needs of corporations over individuals and places gridlock instead of progress. For 15 years legislators have failed to accomplish their most basic job requirement: passing a balanced budget on time. The result has cost Pennsylvanians over 53 million dollars in interest payments. Kicking the can down the road rather than addressing the problem adds mounting debt each year for future generations. We need to prioritize a balanced budget that puts Pennsylvania back on track.
The keystone of Democracy is free and transparent elections. After the 2016 election, the Department of Homeland Security identified Pennsylvania as one of the 21 states where Russian hackers attempted to compromise voter information data. We must ensure our election process is not susceptible to any foreign or domestic trespass or corruption. Wendy will support measures to move Pennsylvania towards the use of preserved paper ballots, automatic voter registration, and fair redistricting. Voters should pick their representatives, not the other way around.
A Greener and More Secure Economic Future for All Pennsylvanians
✔ Protect Our Constitutional Right to Clean Air and Pure Water
✔ Fund the Maintenance of Our Parks & Historic Resources
✔ Fund the Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP) & Conservation and Natural Resources (PA-DCNR)
✔ Fight Efforts to Weaken the Authority of the PA-DEP and Elimination of Environmental Protection Regulations
✔ Address Climate Change with Renewable Energy Options That Create Green Jobs
✔ Support Sustainable Development in Bucks County
✔ Increase the Minimum Wage
The path to a more secure economic future is one that invests in the future and provides secure, well-paid jobs for working families. Wendy is passionate about protecting the environment, preserving open space, and safeguarding Bucks County's agricultural and natural heritage. Today in Pennsylvania, the number of jobs in renewable energy vastly exceed those in the fossil fuel industry. Further, the increase of Lyme disease cases can be linked to climate change Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease from 2012–2014, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wendy will support legislation that incentivizes investment in clean energy production including solar, wind, storage, and smart grid technology to grow our economy, reduce pollution, protect public health, and create numerous stable, high paying new jobs.
Our minimum wage hasn’t been raised since 2006 and is lower than all of our neighboring states: New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. Wendy will actively support efforts to design, in conjunction with the business community, a phased-in approach to raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania beyond the current $7.25 an hour to $15.00 an hour.