Due to skyrocketing home prices, home ownership is increasingly out of reach for many hardworking Kansans. As rents increase, the ability for average wage earners to put together a down payment for a home decreases, creating a vicious cycle. As a real estate agent and volunteer at a local cold weather shelter, Allison is passionate about the need for affordable housing. To break the cycle, she would like to create incentives for developers to build more quality, low-cost housing in our communities, to develop ways to help renters become homeowners, and to raise the minimum wage.
Allison was born in Olathe, attended Olathe public schools, and now has grandchildren in those same schools, which is why education will always be a top priority for her. In 2019, under the leadership of Governor Kelly, Kansas finally restored adequate and equitable funding to our public schools after more than a decade of neglect. Yet to prepare our students to compete in a global economy, Kansans cannot settle for adequate. Right now, teachers are fleeing the profession due to hostile work environments and inadequate pay, leaving behind a serious teacher shortage. We must act by increasing teacher pay, restoring due process protections for teachers, and making sure that Gov. Kelly achieves her goal of establishing the best and most robust early childhood education system in the country. We must also invest in our public colleges and universities so they are strong and affordable for Kansas residents.
Allison supports expanding Medicaid because the federal tax dollars of hardworking Kansans deserve to be invested here. We have already forfeited an estimated $3 billion in federal funds that could have helped save rural hospitals and provided healthcare to 130,000 Kansans, including 40,000 children.
Mental healthcare is healthcare. Abortion is healthcare. Allison will work hard to ensure every Kansan has access to the healthcare they need.