I am in favor of measures that would make Medicaid more readily available in Missouri. Recently passed legislation (HB 1565) increases the asset limits for permanent and totally disabled, blind and aged claimants from $1,000 to $2,000 starting in fiscal year 2018. This is a good start, but our hard working families deserve better. One of my guiding principles are these words of Hubert Humphrey, “ The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
We are a community of people who work hard to provide for our families and support our loved ones. Health insurance for people with disabling conditions is often financially out of reach for middle income families, much less the working poor. The ability to remain employed depends on access to good health care for ourselves, our children, and our aging parents.
I have dedicated my life and career to educating and counseling families in both the private and public school setting. I know firsthand how vitally important support is to our public education systems with funding that is adequate and fairly distributed. It is one of the state’s primary obligations to her citizens.
The 19th Legislative District encompasses historic properties that are vital to the legacy of urban development in Jackson County. From the Italian migrant settlement of Columbus Park in the 1800’s to the first suburb of Kansas City in Pendleton Heights out to Sugar Creek and the Englewood Station Arts District, there is a growing pride in the cultural and aesthetic treasures located here. It is in our best interest economically and for educational purposes to preserve and maintain them whenever possible for our own and future generations’ enrichment.
My history in Northeast dates back over 100 years when my husband’s grandmother moved to the Columbus Park neighborhood where she gave birth to my mother-in-law. I was a newcomer when we bought our first house in the Indian Mound neighborhood and started our family 35 years ago. We have seen Northeast go through many ups and downs as we raised our family, and moved to the Independence Plaza neighborhood, and then to the Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood where we live now. I am proud of the rich heritage Northeast offers as the “first suburb” of Kansas City, and the “Judges Row” designation of my neighborhood. I am thrilled to see the improvements as we canvass through the neighborhoods. I plan to stay in Northeast for many more years, and as your State Representative, to advocate for state funding for historical preservation.