As a beneficiary of a good public education system, Kayla believes we must provide high-quality public education to everyone, including ensuring that all children have access to pre-k programs and implementing policies to give students even greater opportunities for success by offering after school and summer education programs.
With health care costs and the number of uninsured in Arkansas rising, Kayla knows we must continue the fight to provide affordable health care, especially for children, the middle class, and the elderly by expanding ARKids to cover more children and continuing to support future legislation related to Medicaid expansion and lowering prescription drug costs. An often overlooked problem are the number of low income elderly individuals who cannot afford their basic necessities because health care costs are still too high and their income is too low. We need solutions at the state level to alleviate these costs.
Jobs & Small Business Development
As a small business owner and having represented numerous small businesses, Kayla understands the responsibilities, needs and concerns that come with owning a business. It is vital to continue to invest in infrastructure that will create jobs, provide training for skilled labor, grow businesses, provide a healthier environment, and improve opportunities for residents because that investment will improve the state economy by boosting productivity and lifting long-term economic growth and wages.
Equal Opportunities for Women
Everyone does better when women have equal rights and pay. Kayla supports passing legislation that support women, including providing access to breast and reproductive health care, access to pre-natal care, universal childcare, paid maternity leave, better educating women, providing career readiness for those unable to complete high school, and closing the gender wage gap at the state level.
Criminal Justice Reform
Through her law practice, Kayla learned that we need to pass legislation for non-violent crimes, which cause individuals to become trapped in a never-ending cycle of court appearances and fines, as often low income individuals, the mentally ill, and minorities are disproportionately affected, trapping them in the cycle of crime and poverty. We also need to support policies to end mass incarceration and stop the school to prison pipeline. Finally, we must pass legislation to protect our communities from gun violence while still protecting the 2nd Amendment for law-abiding citizens, which means passing legislation to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals.