Let's Build a Wisconsin By and For the People
With all the noise of modern day politics, sometimes it is difficult to remember what government is really about. The folk singer Woody Guthrie described that purpose beautifully with his lyrics, “This land is your land, this land is my land, this land was made for you and me.” Government should work for you and me, but too often it works for special interests instead. Government is meant to be about a group of people coming together to achieve a better standard of living than we could on our own. The people of Wisconsin want a living wage, healthcare, college education for our kids, and good roads and infrastructure. There is no excuse for coming up short. The current administration only works for the special interests. Anyone with the money to buy elections gets showered with taxpayer dollars and the people of Wisconsin are ignored. I've had enough and I know that you have too. Join me, and together let's build a Wisconsin that works for we the people.
My Eight Point Plan for Wisconsin
1. Attract and grow better paying jobs in Wisconsin through record investment in our infrastructure.
A. ) High Speed Rail.
It takes good infrastructure to attract good jobs. Let's partner with Minnesota and Illinois to build high speed rail that will bring 4 million Wisconsinites within one hour of a major international airport. With the Badger Bullet, Eau Claire will be only 30 minutes away from downtown Minneapolis and Kenosha will be only 25 minutes away from downtown Chicago. Wisconsin's cities, Chicago, and Minneapolis have a population as large as the New York City metro. It is time for infrastructure to match. Along with passenger rail, we will also build new freight lines, doubling the speed that freight moves through our state, and attracting advanced manufacturing to Wisconsin.
B. ) Fast and Reliable Internet.
Fast and reliable internet is not a convenience, it is a necessity. By laying conduit (pipes) for fiber internet under every new and rebuilt roadway, we will bring lightning fast internet to every home in Wisconsin within a decade.
C. ) Roadways that are Built to Last.
Let's not kick the can down the road any longer. Let's build roads and highways to last and keep up with repairs so that they do not have to be completely rebuilt.
2. Make A Healthcare System that works for the People of Wisconsin. As Governor, I will pass strong protections that ensure that women are not charged more than men, end health insurance discrimination by ZIP code, prevent preexisting condition discrimination through state law too, make health insurance plans easy to read and understand, and give all Wisconsinites the option to buy into Badgercare.
3. Make Wisconsin's public schools strong. Every Wisconsin kid deserves the opportunity to realize his or her full potential. That's why I will make sure that every school in Wisconsin is properly funded regardless of zip code. I will modernize our education system to streamline each educational and career step by providing opportunities for students to pursue college classes, internships, and research within the framework of their curriculum. And, I will make sure that public money is only spent on public schools.
4. Test drinking water annually and pass legislation that gives the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is detected.
I will ensure that every Wisconsin resident has clean drinking water by implementing annual tests for heavy metals, petrol-chemicals, and dangerous bacteria at the tap and by passing legislation that grants the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is discovered.
5. Build a justice system that actually keeps Wisconsin safe.
Tearing apart families by incarcerating nonviolent offenders makes our communities less safe. Prisons that fail to rehabilitate occupants, and that instead make them less psychologically stable, turn potentially productive members of society into hardened criminals. Wisconsinites who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and who are forced to accept plea bargains because they are too poor to afford bail or legal representation, end up with a life of stigmatization and desperately living on the margins of society when they could have been skilled professionals helping to build a strong Wisconsin economy. As Governor, I will keep Wisconsin safe by both keeping dangerous criminals off our streets, and also by keeping peaceful Wisconsinites out of jail.
6. Help Wisconsinites grow Wisconsin ideas and research into successful businesses.
I want advances in medicine, biotech, energy, agriculture, and materials to grow into strong Wisconsin businesses that create good paying jobs and ship high value exports. I will help you grow your Wisconsin business by awarding competitive grants to small businesses in Wisconsin and creating startup incubators that are attached to our public colleges and universities. These initiatives, paired with building ahead-of-the-curve transportation and communications infrastructure will help ensure that the world class technologies and graduates coming out of our universities stay right here in Wisconsin to build a strong economy for Wisconsin.
7. Support strong unions.
I am a steadfast supporter of unions. Unions give a strong political voice to Wisconsinites, protect our rights in the workplace, and help make sure that Wisconsinites get a fair deal for the work they do. As Governor, I will once again empower the the people of Wisconsin with the freedom to negotiate and make deals as a union. This includes empowering public unions to bargain for better pay and benefits and empowering all unions to negotiate for a unionized workplace.
8. Bring a new political culture to Madison.
For too long, special interests have been at the center of our politics. No more. On January 7th, 2019, we will start building a Wisconsin that works for all Wisconsinites.
I grew up a couple miles outside of Barneveld, Wisconsin. My family owns a woodworking business and my mom writes and teaches. I am a third generation Wisconsinite. Three of my grandparents came here from Iowa and the fourth from Missouri. My parents grew up in Madison, where three of my grandparents were professors at the University.
My first love was music. I played in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and had the incredible opportunity to hear my composition "Yangzi" premiered by the WYSO Philharmonia under the direction of Thomas Buchhauser in 2010.
My first experience in politics was in 2008, when campaigned all summer for the Barack Obama campaign and learned how much I love going door to door talking to voters. The following summer, I worked in the office of State Senator Dale Schultz. The experience stuck with me strongly. To this day, Dale is one of the finest public servants I know.
I spent my college years at Stanford University, where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics. During that time, I developed a love for our nation's diverse and beautiful natural places. I climbed mount Shasta, and I hiked the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim and back.
When I was a senior at Stanford, the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing filed a provisional patent on my invention to create a new programmable micro-technology for mixing chemical and biological reactants with the goal of creating a "personal computer" equivalent of the huge machines that are currently used in research, drug discovery and drug manufacturing. And, with the mission to empower individuals with the same scientific tinkering and drug manufacturing capabilities that are currently restricted to big companies.
My professional work has been building systems using software and other engineering tools. Software that I wrote is used every day by the Army Corps of Engineers Search and Rescue Team. The software handles communication between their mobile phones and sensors placed on structural elements in disaster zones, allowing them to monitor the situation and alerting them to get out if the building starts to fall. I also worked at Technicolor, where I built tools used to crowdsource data on the way audiences perceive movies in order to help content creators and providers make and recommend better content.
Through those, and many more experiences, I will to bring an innovative management style to the Governor's office. A culture that hires smart people with an innovative mindset, puts new ideas to the test, and constantly iterates on systems to make them better. Because we need change. Wisconsin is falling behind with the old, stale ideas of our current politics. The people of Wisconsin deserve better. You deserve a government that is just as smart and forward looking as you are.
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