BRIDGET’S PRIORITIES


Improving Health care

Health care is central to Bridget and her family. Bridget has been a working nurse throughout her adult life and her father, Dr. Edwin Malloy, is a retired orthopedic surgeon.

Bridget’s family knows how the healthcare system works on the inside and just how difficult it can be to navigate from the outside.

At the age of four, Bridget and her husband Joseph’s oldest child was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, research team, and four years of treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Bridget and Joe’s son returned home healthy and cancer free.

But like so many families, Joe and Bridget were faced with the reality of paying unimaginable premiums due to their son’s pre-existing condition.  

As local small business owners paying out of pocket for health insurance, Joe and Bridget were unable to afford these new and very high premiums for health insurance. 

Bridget returned to her nursing career so that she and Joe could afford the health care their son and the rest of their family required. But for too many hardworking men and women in the 114th District - and across Pennsylvania - skyrocketing health care costs are impossible to afford.

We must do better when it comes to securing affordable health insurance - especially when you have a sick child.

Bridget entered this race for many personal reasons, but none with more personal importance than increasing awareness of the need to secure affordable health care and changing our approach - especially for those who survive a life-threatening illness and come out the other side with a pre-existing condition.

We must do better. And we will do better.


Strengthening our communities

Good jobs. Good wages.

Bridget and her husband, Joe, have four children. In a few years they’ll be graduating college and ready to enter the workforce. Bridget and Joe were lucky to be able to come back to Northeast PA after college and raise their family here. And they want their children and grandchildren to have the same options. 

Our communities deserve good jobs at a good wage. We must make Northeast Pennsylvania a compelling and inviting place for small business owners to set up shop and for job-creating industry to take root.

This also means making a stronger commitment to public education and doing a better job to prepare our students to enter the workforce. After all, an educated community is a powerful community.

Bridget believes in providing tax incentives for small business owners who hire new workers. She believes that everyone should pay their fair share, but she also supports lowering the state’s corporate net income tax rate (which at 9.9% is the second highest in the country) to lure businesses to our area and to enliven job creation.

Bridget believes in increasing the minimum wage because workers should not struggle to have their most basic needs met.

And Bridget firmly believes in pay equity for men and women. No woman should receive a fraction of the pay a man receives for doing the same job.


Clean air. clean water.

Is there anything more important than the health of our community? Whether you’re a mother or father or caring for an elderly relative or neighbor, our health and our loved ones’ health is a constant part of life.

We must ensure that Pennsylvania families are breathing clean air and drinking clean water. Our state constitution guarantees the right to clean air, pure water, and the protection of our great natural resources.

We must insist that these robust standards never change. And we must insist that drillers for natural gas in Pennsylvania pay their fair share and the Commonwealth institute a severance tax these companies who choose to mine our precious natural resources.

 

Property taxes

Property taxes affect all of us. We all know someone – a parent, a neighbor, a friend – who is worried about losing his or her house in retirement because he or she is on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the property tax bill. This is absolutely unacceptable.

Bridget believes that House Bill 76 - a recent property tax reform measure - got a number of things right, but much of it must change in order to for the bill to earn her vote. She plans to lead those improvements.

For example, it’s unacceptable to give property tax breaks to huge corporations like Walmart and let homeowners and individual taxpayers shoulder the burden of educating our schoolchildren. Corporations should pay their full and fair share.

Additionally, it is unacceptable to eliminate property taxes for a millionaire from another state who owns a summer lake home at Lake Winola or a real estate investor who owns multiple dwellings.

The only way for property tax reform to work for families and individuals living in the 114th District is to target property tax relief to primary homesteads, residences, and family farms.

The current bill as written leaves the state with the task of raising roughly $14 billion a year to fund education through proposed income tax and sales tax hikes. If we take the sensible step to focus property tax reforms on homesteads and farms (and continue to tax properties other than residents’ primary homes - like commercial property and vacation homes - at the current rate) the $14 billion gap in education funding is cut in half.

This is sensible reform of a tax that just too burdensome on our District.


Reforming government

We must enact real reforms in Harrisburg that prohibit the insulting perks – all at the expense of taxpayers – that lawmakers enjoy without oversight.

Government should be in the business of enriching and supporting its citizens – not bureaucrats and politicians in Harrisburg. It’s time to put our communities’ interests first and do away with government abuse of taxpayer dollars.

When elected, Bridget will work to put a stop to lawmaker per diems, taxpayer funded auto leases and auto insurance, and receipt-free expense reimbursement.

Enough is enough.


SUpporting women and protecting women and children from abuse

We must support women. Women make up half of humanity, yet there still exists a woeful lack of women in the upper reaches of politics and government. 

Every two years Pennsylvania voters elect 203 candidates to the House of Representatives, yet in 2019 only 51 of those members are women. 

We can and we must do better.

Bridget strongly believes in protecting the rights of victims – and delivering justice to the perpetrators – of sexual assault and abuse.

Sexual violence cannot be considered the cost of doing business for a woman in politics, business, medicine, or in any other walk of life.

Bridget also believes that children who were victims of abuse must have a path to seek legal claim against their abusers, free of limitations.

Bridget applauds the members of the Pennsylvania House who worked to pass Senate Bill 261 last year because she believes that children whose ordinary lives are suddenly upended by an act of sexual abuse deserve justice without limitations.

There is no statute of limitations placed upon some of the most heinous crimes. Crimes of sexual assault and abuse should accordingly receive no quarter from justice.