On Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 Ross Deal filed his candidacy for re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 7. Now on his 2nd year of serving the citizens of Southern St. Joseph County, Ross is excited to continue working for you.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the existing flaws in our healthcare system. It is vital now, more than ever, that we all have access to high-quality healthcare. Healthcare has been historically treated as a privilege and not as the human right that it is.
I am committed to improving access to healthcare in our state. I plan to continue working to cap the cost of prescription drugs and reduce the expense of healthcare premiums. No Hoosier should live in fear of bankruptcy from medical expenses.
For years the Indiana Republican supermajority has worked to dismantle our public schools across the state of Indiana. Teachers are severely underpaid, and Republican policies allow action like the recent sale of the former Brown Intermediate Center to a charter school for only $1.
If we are to invest in the future of our community, we have to invest in education. My focus is first and foremost on increasing teacher pay, with additional focus on improving the accountability measures put in place by the state for teachers and administrators. To ensure a high-quality education for our children we must do everything we can to support our teachers.
There is a gap in wages hurting our state. There is a gender pay gap. There is a racial pay gap. These gaps are impacting the main breadwinners of our families, and the Republican supermajority has done nothing to address them. Other states have been shrinking their wage gaps by taking actual steps to address them.
I have fought for reforms that would remove financial barriers for college and trade schools. I have also supported efforts to raise our state’s minimum wage.
Even before the impact of COVID-19, Hoosiers had gone far too long without seeing wage increases that kept up with the cost of living in Indiana. I plan to continue my work to increase wages in our state, increasing the economic opportunities for all Hoosiers, and helping to grow the middle class.