My Dear Friends in District 18,
I have been honored to serve District 18 in the Idaho Legislature for the past 8 years. During that time, I have learned much, built great relationships, and used common sense to resolve the issues that came before us. I have brought a reasonable, compassionate voice to policy discussions. I would like to continue this important work and I’m asking for your vote and support this election year.
I have doorbelled many homes in District 18 and I listened to you. I share your priorities of a better education for our children, affordable health care, and well paying jobs. I have worked on and will continue to advocate for these issues and many more.
For our families and our communities, we need public schools that provide each and every child the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential in life. But to accomplish that, we should recognize there are no standardized children; every child has different strengths and weaknesses. In order to do that, we must give them the resources.
- I will fight to return to a five-day week and 180-day school year because the more time a child spends in the classroom with a professional teacher, the more he/she will learn.
- I will work to reduce class size because fewer children in the classroom means more individualized attention from teachers. And the result will be that more children will succeed in school and in life.
- I will continue to support an increased emphases in STEM-based learning (science, technology, engineering, and math) because careers based on STEM often result in well-paying jobs. I also believe, however, that arts, civics, and life skills should not be overlooked.
- I will advocate on behalf of college-bound seniors to fund more scholarships for Idaho children attending Idaho colleges. This will address both student debt and fulfill the state board of education’s goal that 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 attain a postsecondary degree or credential by 2020.
I will continue to find a sensible solution for Medicaid redesign. The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) has provided millions of Americans free or reduced access to preventive services like check-ups and mammograms; slashed the costs that seniors pay for prescriptions; allowed millions of young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance; ended lifetime limits on coverage; and forced insurance companies to pay $1 billion in rebates to overcharged customers. The ACA enables Americans to get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. It works.
The ACA isn’t perfect and we need to improve it. But it would be foolish to repeal it. Repeal would hurt you and your family by handing our health care system back to the insurance companies, allowing them to deny coverage because of preexisting conditions, drop coverage when you get sick, and charge women more than men.
- I will fight for the right of Idaho citizens to exercise their personal responsibility to purchase their own affordable health insurance and not be dependant on indigent care funds and hospital charity.
- I will continue to advocate on behalf of the citizens and Idaho businesses that believe that reform makes good fiscal sense. It will create an estimated 6,000 new jobs in Idaho, bring Idaho tax dollars back to Idaho, stop families from the embarrassment of having to file for bankruptcy to pay for their health care, and, above all, improve the health of many people.
- When tax dollars are no longer needed for the State Catastrophic Health Care and County Indigent Program, I will put those tax dollars to good use educating our children.
I believe in fair pay for a days work. America is supposed to be a land of opportunity, where hard work is rewarded. But today’s minimum wage is not enough for a family to make ends meet. Raising the minimum wage provides hard-working Americans with income to spend on the basics they need and reduces the need for social programs.
- Increasing the minimum wage generates business for our economy and eases the burden on taxpayer-funded services. It’s a win-win. Raising the minimum wage helps build and Idaho economy that works for everyone, not just the richest one percent.
- Every penny earned by an increase in the minimum wage will be spent right here in Idaho, thus benefitting local businesses and will get our economy moving again.
- Raising the minimum wage does not help just teenagers in start up jobs. 80% of minimum wage earners are twenty years of age or older and many are trying to raise a family. These hard working families work hard, play by the rules, and deserve a fair wage.
- I will always fight for the rights of women who are disproportionately affected by the consequences of a low minimum wage. In Idaho, they represent sixty percent of all minimum wage employees.
Now let’s get to work. The way to win an election is name recognition and getting my voters, to the polls. I need volunteers for doorbelling, envelope stuffing, phone calling, and many other duties of a campaign. Please give me or my campaign manager, Jerome Filip, a call or drop us an email.
Midterm elections usually have a lower turnout than in presidential election years. So tell your friends and family what I stand for. Educate them that Dems stand for transparent, honest, fair government that benefits working families. Then, on Election Day, give them a call and remind them to vote and give them a ride to the polls.
– Representative Phylis King