Marco is committed to tackling the issues and problems the residents of our district face.
PRIORITIZING INFRASTRUCTURE AND STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
We must bring dollars back from Harrisburg to address our local infrastructure needs and mitigate our stormwater management issues. For too long, Harrisburg has been mismanaging our tax dollars and has not made infrastructure and stormwater management a priority. That must change. The funding is there. It is just a matter of making infrastructure and stormwater management a priority.
I will fight to make sure our communities receive our fair share of funding for infrastructure and stormwater management so that we do not have to raise property taxes in order to repair our roads and bridges.
ENSURING AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE HEALTHCARE
We need a healthcare system that puts patients over profits. We should not have to sacrifice the quality of care provided by nurses and other health care workers to the patients they serve.
I support affordable healthcare for all members of our community and will work to ensure that patients have access to medical providers they need. We cannot allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or set lifetime limits on care; rather, we must protect families by ensuring that children are able to stay on their parents healthcare until they are 26. The Pennsylvania State Legislature should ensure that all of our residents have these patient protections even if the federal government will not provide them.
I will protect the rights of healthcare workers to organize so that the important work they do is compensated fairly and that no healthcare corporation is able to put its own profits over their hard work.
PROTECTING OUR SENIOR CITIZENS
Too often, our seniors are hit the hardest by rising healthcare costs and property taxes. I will fight to protect our seniors from growing healthcare costs and to lower prescription drug prices in Pennsylvania. I will also work to bring property tax relief to our seniors.
STRENGTHENING OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
We have great public schools in our District and we should be proud of that fact. Public schools are and should remain the gold standard for educating children in our communities. Yet we should always be striving for improvement and never settling for anything less than the best for our children. We must ensure that all of our children have access to high quality early childhood education, great public schools, and affordable higher education options.
During a time when higher education prices are soaring, we must also expand the options our young adults have for doing well and earning a living. We must work to lower the cost of higher education and encourage our youth to consider learning a new skill in one of the many high-quality trade schools our Commonwealth has today.
SUPPORTING WORKERS AND ORGANIZED LABOR
Workers and organized labor built Western Pennsylvania. We must always honor that tradition and embrace the important role that they still play here in providing good family sustaining jobs and helping to develop our regional economy.
PRESERVING AND PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
I want a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment for all. Clean air and water are vital to the health of our citizens, and the preservation of our natural recreational spaces are vital to the life of our communities. The Pennsylvania Constitution states that people have the right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment.
Our Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) funding has consistently been cut, and the DEP has lost over 25 percent of its staff in recent years. The DEP is responsible for protecting and preserving our land, air, water, and public health through enforcement of the state’s environmental laws and regulations.
I will fight to fully fund, and fully staff, the DEP to ensure we have a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment.