Healthcare

Currently, Missouri’s citizens face a crisis unthinkable in a developed nation. Too many Missourians have to decide between food or rent and expensive prescription drugs. I believe that all Missourians deserve quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. 

 

At the same time, the Republican-led House has left millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to missourians. Their deliberate inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas. Missouri should not be a place where parents cannot afford hospital visits for their children and college students have to ration insulin. I believe in a better Missouri. 

    

As your state representative, I look forward to supporting common sense measures like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a decent job and keeping their healthcare.

Education

As a former teacher and mother of three, I champion access to free and quality public education to every Missouri child, regardless of their zip code. I have seen first hand how our schools produce results and help provide safe places for our children, and will work as your representative to strengthen our local public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids. I do not support expansion of charter schools or use of vouchers in Blue Springs. 

In order to give all Missouri children the best start they can get, I will support universal early childhood education. It is imperative that we invest in all of our children from an early age, to best invest in our future. Additionally, I will support investment in higher education and workforce training to ensure that all Missourians have the opportunity to gain skills to compete in our economy. 

I oppose policies that overburden our schools and educators with mandates unaccompanied by strong, supportive leadership, data-driven action plans, and adequate funding. Further, I do not support putting our children and teachers in harms way. 

Jobs

As a small business owner, I understand that a strong economy is one that works for everyone. In Jefferson City, I will work to protect and uplift those who truly build up our economy–our workers–for their wages, benefits that they need to live on. I recognize the necessity for investment in educational opportunities in order to prepare our citizens for the modern workforce. I will fight to ensure that Missouri’s workers are not left behind. 

My priorities in policies will focus on supporting local businesses who create good jobs and grow our economy. To promote growth in the state, I’ll work to bring new businesses here who recognize the untapped potential of Missouri’s hard workers and quality of life. Most importantly, I will always put workers’ interests before the special interests of large companies. 

Public Safety

As the former wife of a police officer, I understand just how important of a role our first responders play in our community. The mandate of government is to fairly enforce the law, and to provide justice and protection to all of its people. I will support our law enforcement officers in their difficult jobs, while also demanding accountability when they overreach. 

Our first responders are the front line to many of our community’s biggest issues. We must provide our first responders with the adequate resources and training to protect our community. I support increasing mental health programs for suicide and violence prevention, crisis intervention, and addiction treatment.

In all communities, the root causes of crime are the same: a lack of educational, and work opportunities, societal inequities, poverty, and drug addiction. We must meet these issues with empathy and solutions, rather than simply jail time, which feeds into the cycle of crime and poverty. Addressing these basic issues must always be central in any conversation about crime.

Transparency & Ethics

Faith in government and the political process is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. As your state rep, I’ll fight to shine a light on those who conceal their donors and attempt to influence our politics with dark money. My door will always be open and I will be transparent with my constituents.

In 2018, Missourians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1, known as CLEAN MO. It capped contributions and limited the way money could move in and out of campaign coffers. District 31 voted for CLEAN MO (an anti-gerrymandering measure) by a strong majority -  69.95% percent.  In May of 2020, in the midst of the stay-at-home order, our elected officials voted to overturn the vote of the people and reversed CLEAN MO. This is the antithesis of democracy and I will fight to protect your vote and provide representation of the people over political agenda.

Fiscal Responsibility

We simply should not be handing out money to corporations hoping that prosperity will trickle down. As your state rep, I will be a careful steward of your tax dollars in Jefferson City.

I believe you and your family are the economic drivers of our state. Our budget should reflect that by investing in the things that will improve you and your family’s life and doing so in thoughtful, responsible way.

I will fight to improve outdated systems that increase costs and lower outcomes.  I will support thoughtful  investments in our future and stop wasting time and money. 

Non-Discrimination

Every year for the past two decades, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA) has been filed, only to be blocked every year. MONA would allow basic protections to our LGBTQ community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act. Missourians should not have to fear losing their jobs or being denied housing for who they love—discrimination that is currently completely legal in our state.

 

Meanwhile, in recent years legislation has been passed that makes it easier for employers, landlords or businesses to discriminate based on race, age, religion or gender—more so than in any other state. I believe in a Missouri built for all who want to be here. 

As your state rep, I will work for a Missouri that welcomes and protects all people regardless of race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Local Control

What makes Missouri exceptional is the pride and spirit of its people. The people who care about Missouri are the ones who should be making the decisions about its future. Government works best when it is closer to the people it serves. I respect the fabric of our local communities and trust them to know best when it comes to overcoming the challenges they face.

In Missouri, we have seen many decisions influenced by special interests, circumventing the will of local communities on local issues by preempting local ordinances with state law or by diluting local opposition to matters by including state-wide votes. In Jefferson City, I will make sure that the voices that matter are yours. 

Opioid Crises

Our prescription drug epidemic tragically touches too many families in every community across Missouri. Tracking the frequency of prescriptions filled for these addictive drugs would allow for a chance to intervene with high risk users and save lives.

One critical tool our state can deploy to combat the misuse of opioids is the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Missouri remains the only state in the entire country without a statewide PDMP, and I will support efforts to finally pass this legislation for our citizens.

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Rhonda Dolan

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MO House District 31

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