Kims Platform Summary
Kimberly Walker believes in a government that will work for all it’s citizens. She doesn’t accept what has been presented as our only option. And wants to give voice to her constituents to ensure all residents are guaranteed healthcare, better education for our kids and a clean and safe environment.
Why Kimberly is running for Congress:
Kim believes our political system is broken. Kim’s mom, a retiree, works part-time as a school crossing guard but struggles to pay for her medication. Kim and her brother help her with her expenses, but many Americans lack that kind of support system. Kim’s cousin died in her 40’s due to lack of health care. The LGBTQ community still lacks basic legal protections in states across the country. The incumbent in District 12 continues to vote against legislation that would help struggling Americans. That’s why Kim is committed to fighting for working families. Part of Kim’s background as a software engineer is problem-solving, which gives her the ability to look at issues from multiple perspectives.
Higher Pay for our Teachers
Education is the cornerstone of democracy. Providing quality education is one of the government’s most important obligations to the people. If our children are to receive a quality education, we must increase teacher’s pay. Kim proposes to use the federal tax code to create a permanent $13,000 refundable Teachers Tax Credit. The result would increase a take-home pay for our teachers of $230 per week.
Kim also proposes to reform the Teacher Forgiveness Program. The Teacher Forgiveness Program is unattainable and ineffective. Currently, to become eligible, you must not have an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans. You must be employed full time and complete five consecutive academic years. Kim’s plan will modify the existing program. After one year of teaching, the Department of Education will pay up to $6,000 per year or a maximum of $70,000 of the teacher’s federal student loans.
Student loan debt in America is over $1.6 trillion and exceeds accumulated car loans and even credit card debt. Kim proposes:
- Increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 23% to pay off all student loans
- Tax incentive of $50,000 for those who already paid off their student loans
- Eliminate student loan interest rate.
Emergency Savings Account
COVID-19 has damaged many American’s personal finances -especially women, people of color, and low-income workers. Kim supports the emergency savings account plan. When elected, she will push to loosening regulations that currently prevent employers from automatically enrolling workers into the savings plan. Unlike being enrolled in a retirement plan, the emergency plan does not penalize the worker for withdrawing money.
Fighting for LGBTQ Equality
Kim, a member of the LGBTQ community, will continue to fight for equality. Despite significant steps forward, the LGBTQ community still lack basic legal protections in states across the country. Kim supports the Equality Act that would provide nondiscrimination protections. It would amend the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and cover employment, housing, education, and federally funded programs. Kim will also fight for transgenders to be allowed to serve in the military again. Finally, Kim supports Safe Schools Improvement Act because she believes every student deserves to have a safe space in an environment to learn. Students will not flourish in an environment in which they fear.
Fixing the rising cost of prescription drugs:
Kim believes the US Department of Health and Human Services should directly negotiate prices with drug producers and suppliers. She calls for full transparency to disclosure information from insurance plans about the average net prices paid for prescription drugs, including patient cost-sharing among plans and pricing increases. She will also fight to stop drugmakers from adding new patents to prolong a drug exclusivity when additions aren’t fundamentally new or useful as the law requires.