Years of funding cutbacks have critically hurt Idaho's schools, forcing communities to go out for levies in already economically stressed areas. We need a new funding formula that fulfills our constitutional obligation to our schools and funds full-time kindergarten for all.
No parent should be kept up at night wondering if they can afford to take their child to doctor. I support the expansion of Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Idaho. I worked at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare when CHIP was established and saw firsthand the difference that it made for families. We have more work to do, but we can have an Idaho where everyone has access to healthcare.
How can we keep our best and brightest in Idaho if we don't have living wage jobs? Families working full time still cannot meet their most basic of needs. Strengthening our economy by attracting new businesses that offer real, family-wage jobs is imperative.
Our roads need attention. We have more than 50,000 miles of public roads in poor condition and more than 400 bridges that are structurally deficient. Additionally, fixing our infrastructure creates jobs.
Postsecondary education should be attainable for all Idahoans. Our community and technical colleges and universities are doing incredible work that we should be celebrating. A strong higher education system means a more educated workforce, which attracts more businesses to our region.