Mandie believes that having healthy people with access to quality education should be our state's foremost goal. She will work hard in the legislature to ensure that all people are treated fairly and equitably, and that every child in Louisiana has a chance to succeed.
Expanding Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care:
Mandie believes that health care is a human right, and will strive to ensure that underserved communities, women, and children have access to the comprehensive care they need. The state's recent Medicaid expansion has provided access to care to half a million more Louisiana residents. Mandie will work to ensure that this access to care is not reduced or threatened, and that the state continues to expand and protect access to health care. People should not have to choose between medical attention and other basic necessities, and should not face bankruptcy because of medical bills.
Standing Up for Our Teachers and Children:
Mandie will push to make sure that our state properly invests in teachers and schools, and to advocate for increased funding for early childhood education. Too many Louisiana children live in poverty, and they need access to a good, stable education at every stage of their lives. Mandie will work to ensure that the state's recent investments in teacher pay and early childhood education continue. And, just as importantly, Mandie believes that all children deserve the right to a safe school environment - one free from guns and weapons.
Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose:
As a lawyer, Mandie represents one of the last three abortion clinics in Louisiana. She strongly believes that no one has the right to tell anyone else what to do with their body. The extreme bills passed this year by the legislature, including the prohibition of abortion even in cases of rape and incest, are dangerous to the health and well-being of women in this state. Mandie will speak out on the importance of reproductive choices and work to pass legislation to protect those rights.
Reforming the Criminal Justice System:
Recent progress in our criminal justice system has been remarkable, but Louisiana still has a long way to go in reforming its system. Mandie will work to ensure that continued progress is made on reform, including addressing inequities in bail and pretrial detention; no one should sit in jail on a minor charge simply because they can’t make bail. Mandie also supports the legalization of marijuana in Louisiana, which would include the expungement of all criminal records related to prior marijuana convictions. Legalizing marijuana would not only be a huge financial boost for our struggling state, but would also decrease our extraordinarily high prison population, which includes a large percentage of nonviolent offenders.
Ensuring a Fair, Living Wage and Affordable Housing:
Mandie believes that everyone who works should earn a living wage - enough to support the individual and their family. With the cost of living escalating so rapidly in New Orleans, Mandie believes that it is critical to raise wages and increase affordable housing options, so that people can continue to call New Orleans home. Mandie strongly supports an increase in the minimum wage in Louisiana. Two-thirds of people who make the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in Louisiana are women, who already face a huge gap in wages compared to men. Raising the minimum wage across the state, or at least in large cities like New Orleans, would help to address housing affordability and the gender wage gap.