Today we live in a truly global society where the United States is competing with the rest of the world. The key to coming out on top is building a foundation through the education of our young people. It starts with investing in early education and our elementary schools and continues through college and other forms of secondary education. All of our public schools must have the resources to provide children with a high-quality education and college must be more affordable for all families, not just a privileged few.

Unfortunately in Michigan, that has not been the case in recent years. As a member of the House Appropriations committee when I served in the state legislature, I fought tooth and nail against the unrelenting republican-led cutting of school funding that has put our children’s future at risk. This is unacceptable. I will always fight for our families and to make sure that all public schools in the 13th District get the resources that they need to provide a world-class education to our children. I will also work to ensure that more students are able to receive the financial aid needed to attend Michigan’s universities, community colleges and skilled trade programs, without being overburdened by debt when they graduate.