During his 8 years in the Missouri House of Representatives, Jake has fought tirelessly for working families. By repeatedly opposing harmful Right-to-Work and Paycheck-Deception legislation, Jake has made labor his number one priority. As a 16-year union member, and Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Jake is committed to fighting for Missouri’s working families.
Jake understands that middle-class working families are the backbone of our society. Our economy thrives when these men and women are being paid reasonable, living wages. As your next state senator, Jake will never stop fighting for hardworking Missourians.
As your next state senator, Jake will fight to close the coverage gap in Missouri by voting to expand Medicaid. Medicaid expansion saves general revenue by moving services that the state pays for now (with either state dollars or a lower Medicaid match rate) to the more generous Medicaid expansion matching rate.
Expanding Medicaid will create an estimated 24,000 jobs in Missouri. These are jobs in industries across the board including nursing and residential care facilities and retail stores. Most importantly, 300,000 Missourians will gain access to health insurance coverage if Missouri expands Medicaid. Research also estimates that 700 lives will be saved over 10 years. Jake knows how important this issue is to the future of our state and plans to do all he can to support the movement.
Missouri schools need appropriate resources in order to be successful in educating our children. As your next state senator, Jake will vote to fully fund the education formula, because he knows that by investing our money in education, Missouri is investing in the future of America.
Funding the Missouri Department of Transportation is vital to preserving and maintaining Missouri's crippling roads and bridges. Over 100 bridges in Missouri are rated 'structurally deficient' by the Missouri Department of Transportation. As your next state senator, Jake will vote to help fix these problems in the state's infrastructure.
While in the Missouri House of Representatives, Jake saw members passing hollow legislation in order to name highways after people instead of passing much needed legislation to fix Missouri's crumbling roads and bridges. Time and time again, Jake stood up to the chairman of the House Transportation Committee to say that fixing Missouri roads and bridges needs to be a bigger priority in the legislature.
During his time in the State House, Jake repeatedly voted for legislation that promised to create more jobs. In 2010 after the Governor called a special session, a bipartisan group of legislators responded by passing a comprehensive economic development package – Missouri’s “Manufacturing Jobs Act.” The act specifically allowed for targeted incentives to companies that make significant investments in new production facilities and that create and retain high-paying jobs in the auto industry.
Since 2010 the Manufacturing Jobs Act has been a major factor in creating and retaining 16,247 jobs in Missouri’s auto industry – spurring $2.36 billion in capital investments through manufacturers and suppliers.
In the 2016 legislative session, Jake worked across the aisle and sponsored legislation that puts healthy food on the table in Missouri schools. The legislation also allows for local Missouri farmers to sell their products to schools.
This measure is a bipartisan effort to help support our local farmers and keep our children healthy and strong.