Our constitutional right to clean air and water must be protected by banning fracking, halting pipeline construction, and implementing stronger pollution regulations. We don't have to sacrifice our health and environment for jobs if we invest in renewable energy and important green infrastructure upgrades. A Green New Deal for Pennsylvania will ensure good green infrastructure jobs for anyone that wants one.
Healthcare must be a human right. An Improved and Expanded Medicaid for All is a good way to create a guaranteed, comprehensive single payer healthcare system to ensure everyone gets the care they need and to lower costs in the process. Healthcare should be free at the point of service, without any co-pays or deductibles, to ensure everyone gets the care they need immediately without worrying about medical debt.
Pennsylvania should lead the way on an economic bill of rights that ensures an economy that puts people and planet over profits. We can ensure that everyone gets affordable housing, living wages, healthcare, and education, will lift everyone out of poverty and ensure no one goes hungry or homeless.
Garret Wassermann has an M.S. in both Mathematics and Applied Physics, and currently works in computer software security research at Carnegie Mellon University. Garret previously taught college-level courses in mathematics and computer science at several colleges in the Pittsburgh area. He enjoys gardening and casual hiking in nearby state parks with his wife Amanda. They have lived in Coraopolis for more than 7 years.
The 45th district is an odd longer shape (thanks, gerrymandering) that mostly covers much of the I-79 corridor near Pittsburgh. This includes the boroughs and townships of Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Carnegie, Coraopolis, Emsworth, Kennedy, Kilbuck, Neville, Pennsbury Village, Robinson, Rosslyn Farms, Stowe, and parts of Scott. This district also covers parts of the Avonworth, Carlynton, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Montour, and Sto-Rox school districts.