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OPED: Don't lie, misconstrue or exaggerate. Debate

Deborah Yonick Kalina
Codorus Township
Pennsylvania Senate candidate for the 28th District Judith Higgins during the York County Young Democrats' democratic debates for three contested Democratic primary races at Marketview Arts in York City, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Recently, you may have received a robo-call asking if you would vote for Judith Higgins for Pennsylvania's Senate District 28 on Nov. 6.

If you said yes, the automated poll from her opponent asks if you would vote for Judith if you knew her mentor was U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters. If yes, the robo-call asks if you would vote for Judith if you knew she wants open borders and to abolish ICE.

It appears Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill has no problem associating with a robo-call that makes up things about her opponent and has nothing to do with the race. You must wonder about the integrity of the campaign she plans to run, and her ability to honestly serve the people of the 28th when she campaigns this way.

Perhaps Phillips-Hill doesn’t want to discuss policy. A look at her voting record in the House shows a one-sided approach to policy-making that puts corporate interests over people. She has co-sponsored bills that deregulate corporations and add more red tape to the bureaucracy faced by people in need.

Folks are struggling to pay for housing, food and health care. They’re not waiting for deregulation to bring opportunities that might improve their lives.

Many of Phillips-Hill’s policies will likely hurt women the most. Women make up nearly two thirds of low-wage workers in Pennsylvania. In nearly 65 percent of families, women are the primary or co-breadwinners. And, they support their families earning 79 cents for every dollar men earn, with the wage gap larger for black women and Latinas (68 and 56 cents, respectively).

As a woman with a seat at the table, Phillips-Hill has not advocated policies that empower women and families. Even something that should be bi-partisan, like closing the gender-wage gap, she has not championed. Nor has she lobbied to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which at $7.25 ($15,080 annualized income before taxes) is at least $1 per hour less than the six surrounding states.

There are lots of issues to talk about in this historic race that will result in the first woman to serve Pennsylvania's 28th Senate District. As the president of the York County Federation of Democratic Women, I believe the people of York County deserve a debate, and I urge our local newspapers to organize one.

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