Business Owner Committed to Your Values
Deb is a local businesswoman and owner of Des Peres Physical Therapy. While treating her patients, she has encountered many problems with our current healthcare insurance system. She knows that patients are coping with ever increasing out-of-pocket co-pays and unpredictable denial of services. To make the task of paperwork less tedious, Deb serves seniors by directly assisting them with their burdensome Medicare forms. Deb continues to study best practices for correcting our broken healthcare system.
For more than a decade, Deb has been a small business owner. She knows firsthand the issues business owners face in today’s economic environment: business taxes, ever-increasing health care costs, and the inequity of taxation and loopholes for large corporations. She has created jobs and employs people from our district.
She knows that our government needs to manage its budget carefully just as families do with their household budget. Deb supports requiring an annual Budget Accountability Report Card so we know how our tax dollars are spent.
Deb joined the Kirkwood Area Chamber of Commerce in 2004 to participate with active business advocates who are committed to our community. Deb works to improve small business policies in Missouri.
Ensuring Affordable Health Care
Health care is the major source of employment and a driving factor of our local economy. Deb provides care, employs workers, purchases medical equipment, keeps medical records and understands the dynamics of the health care industry. She knows that patients are coping with increasing out-of-pocket co-pays and unpredictable denial of services. Deb continues to study best practices for correcting our healthcare system.
Deb believes that she and other small business owners should have access to an insurance exchange to purchase health insurance for their employees at a group rate. She believes that Missouri should have a process to review and curb excessive health insurance premium increases. Deb will work for these insurance reforms.
Deb has made a commitment to protect our seniors from being taxed out of their homes. She will help extend Missouri’s Senior Prescription Program, and seek tougher penalties on nursing homes that provide sub-standard care or neglect their patients.
Expanding Early Childhood Learning
Our legislature has chipped away at early learning programs essential to putting our children on the path to success. The number of prisons a state needs is predicted by the number of fifth graders who can not read. The more a child knows when they enter kindergarten, the more likely they will read by the time they are in fifth grade. Expanding early childhood is critical for our state.
Raising Ethical Standards for Campaigns and Elected Officials
Deb will fight for tougher ethical standards for elected officials. She knows that taking unlimited gifts from lobbyists and having unlimited campaign contributions is wrong. Deb is passionate that being a legislator demands public trust, and that requires being held to a higher ethical standard.
Protecting and Preserving Veterans’ Benefits
Deb honors the men and woman who fight to protect our freedom. She welcomes retired military to the state of Missouri where they are automatically eligible for state benefits. Deb will be passionately vocal in urging full health care insurance coverage for our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, especially those suffering from head injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.
Common Sense Gun Laws
As mass shootings have become frequent across the nation, Deb sees the need for common sense gun legislation. Deb opposes the ability of any citizen to buy a gun in the case that homeland security considers them a threat to the country. If you are on the no fly list you should be on the no buy list. She believes it is necessary to close the loophole of private gun sales; background checks should be required. Additionally, Deb supports red flag legislation implemented to keep guns out of the hands of those struggling with mental illness.
Deb recognizes that women deserve justice in a community where unfair working conditions, sexual assault and harassment and other injustices are prevalent as ever. In the face of legislative bills and national rhetoric regarding women’s rights, Deb will be a voice of reason standing firm to protect the gains women have made over the last century.
Deb believes all eligible voters should be encouraged to participate in our democracy. She will rely on facts and not succumb to misleading rhetoric that is creating the myth of widespread voter fraud.
There are no cases of voter impersonation fraud in Missouri.
The Missouri Court ruled in 2006 that it is unconstitutional to require a photo ID to vote. A recent Missouri Court ruling said the language on the proposed amendment to alter Missouri’s Constitution used language that would deceive voters.
Deb will oppose any legislation to restrict voting rights. She will work to assure that voter registration is efficient and that our voter rolls are accurate.
Preserving the Environment
For over 30 years, Deb has done her part locally to recycle, reuse, and save our natural resources. Now she wants to help Missouri build “green collar” jobs that can not be outsourced to other countries.
Deb is committed to innovative approaches such as Property Assesses Clean Energy (PACE), which helps lower utility bills for families and decreases their carbon footprint. Deb is eager to support further study on the use of algae for bio-fuels and will support an effort to make all new state government buildings LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified.
Deb is a pro-growth business owner. She wants to preserve jobs in Missouri and create incentives that bring more employees and employers to our state. Deb will work for tax credits for businesses that create jobs in Missouri and end tax credits for businesses that ship our jobs out of state or overseas.
There is room for more innovation in job creation here in Missouri. Deb wants to help Missouri build “green collar” jobs that can not be outsourced to other countries. Deb is eager to support further study on the use of algae for bio-fuels and will support an effort to make all new state government buildings LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) certified.
Deb supports the creation of high-tech opportunities that will bring St. Louis County life science jobs and make us a global leader in medical research. She supports stem cell research in Missouri which can lead to life-saving cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and debilitating diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and macular degeneration. Progress made here in Missouri will mean progress made for the country and the world. Deb’s quest is the winning combination of high-tech jobs, life-saving cures, and global impact!
Reducing the Size of Government
Missouri has 163 state representatives--more than 46 other states in the nation. Deb will introduce legislation to decrease the size of the State House by 25%. This will save Missourians millions of dollars in salaries, overhead and pensions.
Verifying Citizenship of Immigrant Workers
Deb knows that we need to preserve our work force and our support business owners with fair laws. She supports the E-verify system that requires businesses with state contracts to ensure that their workers are American citizens.