As Governor of Wisconsin, I will make record investments in our infrastructure that will attract and grow better paying jobs in our state. I will join with Minnesota and Illinois to build 200 mph high speed rail linking cities across our region. I will bring 1Gb internet to every household. I will modernize our highways to be safer and more efficient. And I will pass strong protections that make health insurance fairer and more affordable.
It is time for a new era in Wisconsin government. For leadership that articulates a bold vision for Wisconsin and makes Wisconsinites believe again that the future is brighter than the past. For common sense investments that benefit every Wisconsinite. For elected officials who are not bound by the ideas and ideologies of the past, but who instead work to address new challenges Wisconsinites face. Together, let's build a strong Wisconsin, full of good paying jobs. And, a Wisconsin that forever remains true to our connection with the land and to our Wisconsin Idea.
My Eight Point Plan for Wisconsin
1. Attract and grow better paying jobs in Wisconsin through record investment in our infrastructure.
My first priority is investment in our infrastructure that will attract and grow better paying jobs in Wisconsin. By bringing 1 Gb internet to every home, building 200 mph high speed rail that connects our region, and modernizing our highways to be safer and more efficient, we will boost economic growth in Wisconsin for decades to come.
2. JUST YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR, PERIOD. A HEALTHCARE PLAN FOR WISCONSIN.
I. End health insurance discrimination by ZIP code by requiring that health insurers in Wisconsin make their plans available to every resident of Wisconsin for a cost that is independent of ZIP code.
II. Pass strong protections that make health insurance plans easy to read and understand so that Wisconsinites can pick the best plan for them.
III. Give Wisconsinites the option to buy into Badgercare.
3. Make Wisconsin's public schools strong.I believe that 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. As Governor, I will return power to the people of Wisconsin. On January 7th, 2019, we will start building a fair Wisconsin, where hard working Wisconsinites can once again get ahead.
I grew up a couple miles outside of Barneveld, Wisconsin. My family owns 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 the finest public servant 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 passion for grueling outdoor adventures. I climbed mount Shasta, and I hiked the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim and back.
In addition to my physics studies, I have diverse experience in several areas of engineering and science. 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.
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.
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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