The Economy

Thirty percent of Americans work for minimum wage. -Department of Labor In no state, metropolitan area, or county in the U.S. can a worker earning the federal or prevailing state or local minimum wage afford a modest two-bedroom rental home at fair market rent by working a standard 40-hour work week. -National Low Income Housing Coalition Less than 5% of …

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Universal Healthcare

The #1 cause of bankruptcy in the US is medical bills. -American Bankruptcy Institute The #1 request on GoFundMe is help with medical bills. -GoFundMe More than 26,000 Americans die each year due to lack of health insurance. – NCBI, 2006 As a double transplant recipient, health care is more than just policy to Ann Marie; it’s a matter of …

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Small Farms

Between 1995-2019 the top 10% of farm subsidy recipients received 78% of the money. – Environmental Working Group (EWG) Eastern Washington’s family-owned farms need a voice in Washington DC. As a young girl, Ann Marie spent summers and vacations working on her aunt & uncle’s farm and she lived in rural Oklahoma a few years as a teen. She has …

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Veteran Care

There were 6000 or more veteran suicides per year from 2008 to 2017. Veterans consist of 13.5% of all deaths by suicide in US adults but only make up 7.9% of the US adult population. -Veterans Administration   US Veterans have long upheld the proud tradition of “Leave No Man Behind”. We, as Americans, need to stop leaving those who …

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The Environment

In 2021, Washington had more wildfires than the first six months of any year on record since the states’ comprehensive tracking began in 2005. -Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Eastern Washington is rich in natural beauty. From golden hills, to lakes, to forests, we live in an area that has something for everyone. Human beings have lived off of …

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Senior Care

Some 39 million Americans, or 13% of the U.S. population, are 65 and older–up from 4% from 1990. -Pew Research Group Nearly half (48.0 percent) of the elderly population in the United States is “economically vulnerable,” defined as having an income that is less than two times the supplemental poverty threshold (a poverty line more comprehensive than the traditional federal …

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