Common Sense Public Safety

Between mass shootings, healthcare access, and preventing crime, we can approach public safety with overwhelmingly popular, common sense policies. Gun Safety: Anti-Mass Shootings Red Flag Laws, Universal Background Checks and Required Safety Courses. I stand with over 75% of Wisconsin’s registered voters supporting these minimal gun safety measures to reduce the possibility of gun violence in our state. This year, the US has experienced over 300 mass shootings, seven of which were in Wisconsin. Our schools and places of worship should be sanctuaries. Our places of commerce, theaters and cultural festivals are our “public square”. Gun safety legislation supports the police in their role to protect safety in our public square. Protecting people from mass gun violence is entirely compatible with the second amendment and its underlying attitude of safety and accountability. Gun Violence Archive (citation) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (citation that includes recent poll results) Healthcare and Public Health Emergencies: Expand and Depoliticize A clear majority of Wisconsinites agree that this is the time to expand rather than restrict access to healthcare in our state. Wisconsin is one of only twelve states that has not accepted federal funding expanding state Medicaid coverage. This funding would result in: 126,000 additional Wisconsinites receiving healthcare access Wisconsin receiving $1.6 billion in new healthcare funding Better healthcare outcomes and fewer hospital closures in both rural and urban areas Millions of dollars in Medicare state tax savings as the federal government will reimburse 90% reimbursement of Medicaid costs as opposed to the current 65% reimbursement rate. Public Health Emergencies need to be dealt with reasonably, rationally. The politicization of the COVID crisis compromised our health and cost us millions in federal aid. Wisconsin lost $25 million in federal aid in 2020 for unemployment insurance, and the early termination of the mask mandate threatened a $50 million loss in federal FoodShare funding. We have not yet recovered from COVID and are now facing a new monkeypox epidemic. As your representative I would support unified, timely responses to public health emergencies in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and state public health professionals. I would also support utilizing all available supports for constituents including health-related funding offered by the federal government. Criminalizing reproductive healthcare services is a violation of women’s autonomy and a threat to our state’s public health. I oppose Wisconsin’s 1849 abortion law. I support bipartisan efforts for abortion prevention through increased access to birth control and education as well as programs that support family leave, childcare and early childhood nutrition and development. Support Police Recruitment and Behavioral Health Collaboration Rising crime and mental health emergencies are one of the fallouts of our COVID 19 crisis. Unfortunately, police departments are seeing the potential of staffing shortages just as demands on services are increasing. Evidence models that utilize mental health co-responders in collaboration with local police departments can potentially reduce the pressure on our policing resources. I support considering application of mental health funding from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to police departments for access to or implementation of mental health co-responders programming. I also support grants and loan forgiveness for police academy training as well as the addition of part-time programming to attract more students to the field of public safety.


Reinstate Proven Policies

A strong middle class is the economic engine of this nation. Over the last 25 years, we have seen policies that shift the tax burdens from the top 1% and highly profitable big business to the middle class. I support reinstating the policies that have been proven time and time again to work. Shared Revenue: State, Municipal Partnerships Our municipalities raise money for our public services through two sources, property tax and state “shared revenue”. “Shared Revenue” is the taxed dollar amount returned from the state to municipalities to support services such as police, fire, EMT, road construction, etc. Over the last 25 years, this shared revenue from the state government has fallen by 60%. Governor Evers proposed a 2% increase in Shared REvenue for the current budget. This increase was opposed by the majority party, despite a $3 billion budget surplus. The 82nd Assembly District is seeing increases in business and residential development which will require an increase in public services. Without an increase in Shared Revenue allocations, we will see increases in our local property tax. As your state representative, I will support legislation that increases Shared Revenue and other forms of local control. Economy: Control Inflation The price of gas, a primary driver of inflation, has produced a 235% windfall profit for gas and oil companies. I support national efforts to combat gas and oil price gouging and/or impose a windfall tax on these profits. At the state level, I support legislation that increases the state minimum wage, repeals Act 10, supports Main Street community businesses, and invests in reliable infrastructure. As your state representative I would also support using part of the $3 billion budget surplus to lower the cost of child care and issue tax refunds for low and middle income Wisconsin families. Dark Store Property Tax: Protect Homeowners from Higher Taxes A report from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities explains that, “Tax attorneys for big box stores like Target, Walmart, Meijer, Menards, Home Depot, and Lowes, use the dark store loophole to argue that the value of a new store in a busy commercial district should be based on the value of former retail properties in unpopular areas that are now closed and vacant.” Large stores across the state have passed their tax burden onto homeowners to increase their profit margins. This loophole funnels more money away from local workers and business owners and into the hands of coastal elites, all while increasing taxes on the middle class. I will support closing this tax loophole to keep your taxes low and keep our dollars within our district. League of Wisconsin Municipalities (citation)


Evidence Based Funding and Policy

We've tried it their way, and the results are results are in. We've seen Wisconsin public schools fall from 25th to 38th in the nation, wealthy lobbyists hijacking our state government, and our clean air and water put at risk. It's time to follow the evidence and instate funding and policy based in reality and not on feelings and hunches. Public Education Funding: Invest in Our Future We take pride in our high-ranking public school in Franklin, Greendale and Muskego. They are the hearts of our community and provide the essential training foundation for our workforce. Public schools need adequate funding and educators need bargaining rights and community support. Since the 2012 cuts in school funding by former Governor Walker, Wisconsin has fallen to #38 in the nation for state public school funding. Moreover, the private voucher system increases our tax burden while shifting funds from public to private schools without oversight and accountability. Funding cuts, along with current politicized misinformation regarding school curriculum has contributed a disconcerting shortage of public school educators. A current surplus in the state budget could have supported the public school budgets to counter this decade of under-funding. As new residents move into the 82nd Assembly District, and children’s special educational needs continue to increase, we hope to ensure quality educational services that have historically benefited our families. As a graduate of the Franklin Public Schools and a fourth generation Wisconsin public schools educator, I will make support for the public schools a top agenda priority. Good Government: Reasonable and Rational When I taught Civics in Wisconsin high schools at times I had to say, “This is the way it’s supposed to work.” We need democracy, as it is meant to work. Wisconsin’s majority is opposed to the influence of “dark money” and corporate lobbyists in Madison. We are opposed to the $1 million in tax dollars spent on Gableman’s futile search for voter fraud. Wisconsin’s majority does support fair maps, ballot access, campaign finance reform, bipartisan collaboration and peaceful transitions of power. I will bring my bi-partisan municipal advocacy experience to Madison. Wisconsin’s 82nd Assembly District needs a representative who will have civil discourse with residents across the district, is not influenced by wealthy lobbyists and will support fair, secure elections for every voter in this state. Clean Air and Water - Follow the Science Protecting our natural resources should never be a partisan issue. A majority of voters in rural, conservative counties and urban, liberal counties support ensuring everyone has a right to clean water in Wisconsin. When people can’t drink their water from their taps or breathe clean air, there is a cost to the public health, the economy, and our quality of life. The historic bipartisan infrastructure law provides Wisconsin the opportunity to replace lead service lines, test for PFAS, remediate water contamination in our state’s groundwater and surface water, and act to protect our state’s drinking water across the state. I am also committed to acting on climate by expanding the use of clean and renewable energy, supporting the growing renewable energy workforce, and advancing innovative sustainability solutions that strengthen the climate and our economy.

"I want to bring reasonable and rational policy making back to Wisconsin. I will work tirelessly to make our public events SAFER, our economy STRONGER, and our public schools SMARTER. Wisconsin used to have equitable representation in government; it is time to bring that back."

- Deborah Davis