The Issues At Hand
Time for Change
Support Public Education
The Stakes are High
Education is an investment in our economic future. It’s a simple truth America needs to excel in education to compete in the future.
Access to public education has always been a cornerstone of the American dream for more than a century. Lane believes that public money for schools should only go to public schools. He opposes the use of vouchers because they directly drain funds from public education that we can not afford to lose. He will lead the charge to end mandatory testing. Why don't we just teach our children all that we can and let life test them?
Lane believes that quality teaching is the key to educational success. He knows that we need to continue to work on early learning and literacy initiatives because if students can’t read in elementary school they face huge barriers to later success. Lane will work to increase access to community, technical, and higher education institutions and address affordability. What's wrong with free tuition at state schools for our most capable students?
Medicare For All
Ordinary people are facing the devastating consequences of catastrophic illnesses, long term health care needs, or problems recruiting qualified employees for their small businesses. The United States currently spends $3 trillion on healthcare each year—nearly $10,000 per person, and as a percentage of gross domestic product, than any other advanced nation in the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Why don't we provide every man, woman and child of America with basic health care from the cradle to the grave just like every other industrialized nation already offers its citizens? We outspend all other countries on the planet and our medical spending continues to grow faster than the rate of inflation. Creating a single, public insurance system will go a long way towards getting health care spending under control. By moving to an integrated system, the government will finally have the ability to stand up to drug companies and negotiate fair prices for the American people collectively.
Lane Siekman believes that Medicare for all is the right thing to do.
We all deserve to be safe.
We all deserve to feel safe. Security, both at home and abroad is important to Lane. He supports our military, police, and first responders and will work to find solutions for the terrible opioid epidemic that is scourging the 6th District.
“Changes in the drug environment" have driven the increase in drug overdose deaths. From 1999 to around 2010, the overdose epidemic was caused by prescription opioids, such as oxycodone. After that time, illegal drugs —methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl — have caused the most damage.
This is a problem across the nation. We need a comprehensive national drug policy that includes prevention, treatment, and enforcement.
A Foundation for Tomorrow
America doesn’t have an infrastructure problem. It has a problem with infrastructure upkeep: the maintenance and repair of a vast existing inventory of roads, bridges, ports and other critical civil works. Lane Siekman understands that for America to prosper, we need to build and maintain a safe infrastructure for the futureLane supports investing $1 trillion in America’s infrastructure. This rebuilding will give American workers good-paying jobs, stimulates our economy, and boosts our national productivity. According to a research paper by Standard & Poor, infrastructure investment would create about 29,000 construction jobs for a mere $1.3 billion in spending, and many more jobs indirectly. Additionally it estimated a $2 billion growth in real GDP for the same amount, making it a deficit-negative investment. Increasing the safety and reliability of infrastructure prevents extended damage and emergency repairs, avoiding the costs of medical emergencies, related property damage, and human lives.
Waste and Corruption
Getting Big Money out of Politics
Waste and corruption can only be stopped by electing representatives that will look out for the people's dollar. Lane Siekman will stand up against waste, corruption, and fraud in Washington. He knows that getting big money out of politics is an important first step in stopping frivolous spending.
Politics is an expensive process. Money and the power that it buys often leads to corrupt bargains which hurt the process and this nation. Real campaign finance reform is not a progressive issue. It is not a conservative issue. It is an American issue. It is an issue that should concern all Americans, regardless of their political point of view, who wish to preserve the essence of the longest standing democracy in the world, a government that represents all of the people and not a handful of powerful and wealthy special interests. Lane will lead the charge for a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision He will insist on complete transparency regarding the funding of campaigns, including through disclosure of contributions to outside spending groups and will fight to eliminate super PACs and other outside spending abuses.
Our Rural Economy
Creating Good Jobs with Good Wages
Hoosiers in the Sixth District are still concerned about economic issues. The paycheck isn't going as far as it once did and it is getting harder to raise a family. Lane Siekman supports creating good jobs with livable wages and helping small businesses prosper by encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation.
The biggest issue surrounding American jobs is wages. 140,000 workers have received pink slips during President Trump’s first six months in office, as companies continue to ship jobs offshore. American workers have lost jobs due to outsourcing to Mexico or China or due to improvements in automation. Wages have fallen by 1.4 percent nationwide and too many of the jobs available today in Indiana are low wage, low skill positions which just don’t cut it. Companies that outsource American jobs must face consequences for their decisions.
Lane supports raising the minimum wage to become a livable wage. It now requires a job with a wage of over $21 an hour for a single person with one child to live above the poverty level in the 6th District.