Small business owner. Working single mother. Proud Maryland District 1 native.
Allison is running for all of us. It’s time the government started working for the people, not special interests.
Allison embraces the principle of the practical. District 1 is special: what works in other Maryland districts may not work here, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Here are some of the core local and national issues that Allison will fight for:
No American should suffer or die from preventable or treatable illness. No American should go bankrupt from medical bills. No small business should have to choose between expansion and providing health insurance to its employees. No entrepreneur should ever see health insurance as a hurdle to starting their own business. No mother should have to choose between staying home with her child and treating her postpartum depression, just because the private market deems her “uninsurable.”
Health care should be a right, not a privilege. It is in our national interest that every American have quality, comprehensive health care.
Our country’s healthcare system is far from perfect. Health care premiums and prescription drug prices increase every year, particularly for older Americans. Congress needs to put partisan bickering aside and provide quality care to all Americans at lower cost, without sacrificing anyone’s wellbeing.
Allison supports universal healthcare. Until this is possible, we must work to improve the ACA, defend Medicare and Medicaid, and ensure that young people can stay on their family’s plan, women and Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected, preventative services are covered, and that veterans get the care they’ve earned.
We must defend women’s access to contraception and a woman’s right to choose and fight any legislation or executive action that would allow insurance companies to discriminate against women.
America is a “land of opportunity,” yet a disgraceful number of Americans live in poverty, and many in the working class might wonder if this really applies to them. Allison believes that securing a basic standard of living and improving the quality of life for each and every individual is not only the right thing to do, it’s the practical thing to do.
All Americans deserve equal opportunity to succeed in life - regardless of zipcode, sex, gender, age, race, ethnicity, marital status, disability, religion, or sexual orientation - and should be provided a safe and empowering environment which gives the skills, tools, protections, and opportunities they need to live healthy, productive lives, and contribute to their families and communities. Small upfront investments in education, healthcare, and the environment help to create solid foundations for every American and will improve our workforce, boost our economy, and reduce dependency on public assistance, saving money in the long term.
Allison supports raising the federal minimum to a living wage. No one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. Additionally, we must protect workers' rights to equal pay for equal work and safe working environments. As technology evolves and jobs are threatened by automation, continuing education must be provided to workers to maintain competitiveness in the workforce.
As a resident of the First District, Allison has seen the importance of farming in the local economy. However, small farmers are disproportionately harmed by environmental regulations while big companies can avoid their bills. Subsidies for small farmers and ensuring fairness in regulation enforcement would help to incentivize small farmers to continue their work in our district.
Corporate America must pay its fair share of taxes, and should be penalized for outsourcing jobs to other countries. Corporate tax loopholes must be closed and consumer protections established to prevent predatory behavior from Wall Street. Innovation must be incentivized to provide essential goods and services to all Americans at lower prices, and profits from basic necessities should be capped to protect American consumers. We should also reduce the tax burden and simplify tax filing for small businesses and the self-employed, allowing entrepreneurs the opportunity to better compete in a global economy more well-suited to multi-national corporations.
At a time when the senior poverty rate is going up, we have got to make sure that every American who has paid into Social Security receives the benefits they are entitled to. Americans deserve to retire with dignity and respect, not living in poverty.
We also need to make it easier for our Veterans to join the civilian workforce. Our military personnel receive extensive training, both in the classroom and on the job. However, when they return to civilian life, they often find that their training is not recognized by private industry- even though they have completed the same tasks in far more demanding environments. Allison will work to make sure that appropriate military qualifications are recognized by industry, because if they can fix a military helicopter, they can fix a civilian one too.
Preserving the environment is critical to protect our health, our posterity, and our economy, much of which revolves around the Chesapeake Bay and our beaches.
We should be investing heavily in emerging technology such as clean energy, exploring solutions through wind, hydroelectric, and solar power that can serve the energy needs of the community, provide energy choice, and put Marylanders back to work in an innovative field. Clean energy is already a booming industry and we can expand it in our district.
We must also strengthen environmental protections to reduce pollution and ensure clean water and air. We must work in concert with our farmers to create sustainable, affordable solutions that reduce the burden on small businesses while preserving our environment and our economy.
With our beautiful beaches and rustic farms, the conservation of our environment is a strong priority. Ensuring that local agencies have the resources to protect our natural beauty will bring jobs and keep the district beautiful.
Students and teachers alike must be given the support, tools, and flexibility they need to succeed. Every graduate of an American public high school, regardless of zip code, should be prepared to join the workforce in a productive capacity or to attend a trade school or public university anywhere in the nation—debt free.
Teachers must be rewarded for their work and offered competitive compensation for their invaluable dedication and contributions. Allison will work in Congress to ensure our local schools get the resources they need to hire and keep great teachers, update facilities, invest in technology, test innovative approaches, and reduce class sizes.
Students must be given learning environments suited to their unique strengths. Special needs students must be given the individualized educational services they require as soon as possible once a disability has been identified, not after months or years of fighting and hiring professional advocates. Technical and vocational programs should be offered in high schools for students who struggle in traditional educational settings, rather than reserved for the strongest students as many such programs currently are.
To help ensure funding for schools in communities such as the First District, Allison will propose subsidies for underprivileged schools, particularly in rural areas. Education has historically been the great equalizer in America and the opportunity for better funding in the forgotten corners of our country will be a boon to our children, our communities, and our economy.
In addition to traditional programs, public universities and trade schools should establish or expand accelerated online, evening, or weekend programs in order to help working professionals continue their education and advance in their careers while simultaneously balancing familial and professional responsibilities.
Finally, we must close the student loan bankruptcy loophole which encourages predatory behavior on the part of student lenders and for-profit universities. We should also push for lower-rate refinancing and consolidations of existing student loan debt to provide relief for individuals currently struggling to pay their student loans.
We need a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to infrastructure spending that allows us to use the strengths of both the government and private industry to put Marylanders to work, repair our crumbling physical infrastructure, and update our technological infrastructure.
According the ASCE’s 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, Maryland needs $6.9 billion in drinking water infrastructure spending and $9.92 billion in wastewater infrastructure spending over the next 20 years. 24% of the 32,037 miles of public roads are in poor condition and 308 of the state’s bridges are structurally deficient. We can create public/private partnerships that address these challenges while putting Marylanders to work across the state.
The United States ranks 12th in the world in average broadband speed. Bethesda, MD is one of wealthiest cities in the nation. In comparison, many areas of district one don’t even have reliable internet access. In a rapidly changing economy, especially where education is increasingly dependent on the internet, access to high-speed internet services should be treated like access to the postal service; a right of the people and responsibility of the government.
The men and women of our armed services—and their families—make incredible sacrifices to protect our country. They must be treated with respect, given the best tools available to complete their missions, and be honored for their contributions.
Technology is a force multiplier and research and development is critical to maintain our superiority and protect our troops. Excessive regulations and other hurdles, such as budget uncertainty, challenge our federal research and development programs. The federal acquisition process can be significantly streamlined to reduce costs to taxpayers without compromising the effectiveness or availability of military equipment. Qualified companies should be able to more easily bid on federal contracts, so the federal sector can benefit from the same innovation the private industry does.
There are many other ways to save money across the federal government, without making sacrifices to our national defense. Federal agencies should work together to address capability gaps, rather than running overlapping or duplicative programs. Program managers need to know that they will get their funding on time every year, so they can execute their programs without interruption.
Allison will work to ensure that we make more effective use of our defense budget to invest in new technology in military medical, intelligence, and cybersecurity programs so we can protect our troops, rather than get hung up in an endless bureaucratic cycle that wastes money.
Constitutional Rights & The Second Amendment
Allison will make protection of all of our Constitutional rights a priority. Many will ask how a Democrat running in a largely rural district feels about the the second amendment. The right to bear arms is a constitutional right. It deserves protection just like freedom of religion, right to privacy, freedom of speech, the right to vote, or the right to due process.
Allison was married to a veteran—an expert rifleman—for over a decade. Gun ownership is a way of life for hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. To protect Marylanders, Allison will work to strengthen enforcement of federal gun laws.