Nicole On The Issues
Economy: A Missouri That Works For All
Missouri’s economy has left many working families behind, in urban and rural parts of our state. Economic policies have also put a strain on our state budget. Over-reliance on corporate incentives has reduced our investments in our people, including giving $62 million dollars to a firm to move its headquarters down the road. Chronic underfunding of education is leaving students behind before they have a chance to get ahead, in schools that aren’t accredited, with skills without jobs attached, and families saddled with debt. Rural Missouri has seen a loss of nearly 10,000 jobs in the past few years and bankruptcies are on the rise. Hospitals in rural Missouri have closed at a rate of more than one hospital per year. Communities have lost control of their own destinies because powerful special interests are calling the shots in Jefferson City.
Nicole has spent her career fighting for taxpayers, finding corruption and wasted money so it can be invested in Missouri’s infrastructure, people and economic future. As Auditor, she will stop wasteful spending and corruption, helping Missouri’s economy and making it more attractive to businesses.
- Create a development and incentive strategy that is transparent, attracts new business to Missouri and uplifts communities and workers.
- Create transparent funding for education that prioritizes students, teachers, and outcomes rather than the re-election of career politicians. Missouri’s education system needs to be approached in a holistic manner that looks at outcomes from early childhood all the way through a worker’s career.
- Give workers a greater voice on the job. The freedom to collective bargain and ensure that public works projects pay the prevailing wage. Create safer working conditions, and protect workers from wage theft.
- Pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act and tell the rest of the country that we want you here no matter who you love.
- Create and expand workforce development opportunities that create pathways out of poverty and teach the skills necessary for family-supporting careers, like the apprenticeship programs in the unionized building and construction sector.
- Expand broadband internet throughout rural Missouri.
- Restore local control. Communities should decide for themselves how to manage their land – not foreign corporations.
- Restore rural healthcare through Medicaid expansion and a nationwide effort to recruit health professionals to underserved communities.