Our economy and our communities are changing, but Washington hasn’t. It’s mired in partisan gridlock and controlled by corrupt special interests. Career politicians have been more focused on getting us to fight against each other than fighting for us.
Brynne Kennedy knows that progress is not about Republican or Democratic solutions. It’s about putting partisanship aside to find the right solution.
And that’s how she will serve as our voice in Washington.
Our annual deficit has ballooned to $1 trillion and our debt to $23 trillion. We spend $1.5 trillion every year through our tax code, much of it on special interest loopholes that advantage well connected donors and subsidize outdated technologies and business practices.
This only increases tax burdens on working families and small businesses while choking off our ability to make the investments in infrastructure, education, energy and healthcare that America needs to compete in the 21st century. Having worked to improve the competitiveness of the world’s largest businesses, Brynne knows this isn’t a choice of bigger vs. smaller government. It’s about making government smarter and more efficient to pay down our debt and invest in the solutions we need right now.
Performance Audits: Brynne will ensure regular financial and performance audits of every federal agency to eliminate waste, integrate new technologies and increase efficiency so our tax dollars go further. She opposes any pay raises for Members of Congress absent quantifiable improvement in both financial efficiency and service delivery.
Closing Tax Loopholes: Brynne supports an annual cost/benefit analysis of the $1.5 trillion we spend every year through our tax code. She’ll fight to eliminate loopholes and subsidies that do not benefit working and middle class families, help businesses compete in today’s economy, or create real solutions for today’s problems.
More Transparency: Brynne will put her technology background to work to increase transparency and efficiency in government and make it easier for constituents to access their elected Representatives. She’ll work to modernize antiquated bureaucracies and systems so every citizen can easily access the services they pay for, and have the tools to understand how elected officials are spending our money.
Better Coordination across Government: Since 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified hundreds of billions of dollars in savings from duplicative, overlapping, or fragmented federal programs. But there are many more areas where federal, state and local government services overlap as well. Brynne will work with state and local elected officials to develop a model of best practices in the 4th District and use them to promote national reforms that can improve service delivery and save taxpayer dollars.
As a business owner Brynne knows how skyrocketing healthcare costs are a drag on job and wage growth. She’s also seen how they impact families, first hand.
Both of her parents fought tough battles against cancer. Her dad was a teacher who got great care through his union contract. Her mom faced the uncertainty, high costs and other barriers to care that confront far too many families in our district. Brynne believes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important step forward because it expanded coverage, slowed cost growth and protected people with prior conditions like her Mom.
That’s why she’ll work to make the ACA better – and focus on cutting costs, promoting choice and expanding coverage.
Strengthen the ACA: Brynne favors adding an affordable public option to the existing insurance exchanges to expand coverage to individuals who are struggling to access a plan they can afford—particularly in rural communities with limited private insurance options. A stronger ACA protects hard won benefits for people who like their existing private plan but adds the market competition we need to reduce premiums and other out of pocket costs.
Lower Prescription Drug Costs: Brynne believes we must allow Medicare to use its market power to negotiate lower costs on prescription drugs, and to allow for the importation of reliably safe, lower cost alternatives from other countries. The failure of politicians to enact these common sense reforms has invited price gouging. That’s why Brynne also believes we need a fair review process for initial drug pricing in such cases where there is no market competition, with a strong enforcement mechanism.
Modernize our Health Delivery System: Having worked inside of our innovation economy, Brynne knows we can do much more to reduce healthcare costs by fully integrating technology in our healthcare system. Rural communities in particular face long commutes for doctor visits and inequities in healthcare quality. She’ll support reforms that create more rural health clinics, incentivize doctor rotations where they are needed most, and expand digital health monitoring and telehealth.
The 4th District is important to California and our nation. Our highways connect the world’s 5th largest economy to the rest of America. Our natural jewels attract 15 million visitors a year. And we have 40% of our state’s watershed.
But we have been ill-served by an incumbent Representative who has never held a job outside of politics, has voted to shortchange our families and small businesses on tax policy, and refused to fight for the infrastructure investments and targeted tax incentives our community needs to grow and thrive.
Here’s what Brynne will do:
Invest in Infrastructure and Rural Broadband: Brynne believes the best investment we can make in our economy is in our infrastructure, to include transportation and electrical grid modernization, an expansion of rural broadband that ensures full connectivity in all corners of our district, and increased support for federal forest management. These issues already have bi-partisan support.
A Tax Policy that’s Fair to the 4th District: The 2018 tax bill preserved most of the special interest loopholes already in our tax code, while effectively raising taxes on middle class families in the 4th district by capping individual deductions on state and local taxes for Californians, as well as small business deductions. Brynne will fight to restore these deductions, while maintaining internationally competitive business tax rates.
Creating Jobs: Most new jobs are created by small businesses, and Brynne knows what it’s like to start and grow one successfully. She’ll bring both local elected officials and business leaders together to attract the private sector investment our community needs, instead of letting it fall to coastal communities. She’ll also fight for increased community lending, and for targeted tax incentives towards the solutions we need right now – on affordable housing, renewable energy, farming efficiency, water storage, and high risk insurance.
Brynne strongly believes that we must strive to be a hub for these innovations, because the alternative is ceding these opportunities to someone else and buying them back later at a higher price.
Supporting our Workforce: Working in the human resources industry, Brynne has seen how both business and workforce needs are rapidly changing. Many industries face labor shortages and too much opportunity is being concentrated outside of rural communities and small towns. She believes our training institutions and labor standards must be modernized to meet these challenges. She supports improving college access by forgiving a portion of student loan debt in exchange for national or community service, and a federal Vital Skills Scholarship program to help expand pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or other technical training programs that prepare more workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
She’ll work across the aisle on immigration reforms that secure our borders, align with our values and meet our domestic workforce needs. And as workplaces continue transitioning towards more mobile and flexible employment, Brynne supports expanding collective bargaining rights to ensure more workers in the new economy have access to basic protections, benefits and a voice on the job.
A wildfire doesn’t ask if you are a Republican or Democrat. Nor does an employer. And people in both parties are hurt when special interests control our democracy.
That’s why Brynne is determined to forge common sense solutions to the threats facing our communities and our democracy, and to ensure that all who work get a fair shot to realize the American Dream.
Combat the Wildfire Threat: Wildfire threats are growing more severe and our communities need solutions, not partisanship. Brynne will reach across the aisle to expand investment in firefighting and to modernize federal forest land management. She supports targeted tax incentives and regulatory reforms to promote smart growth practices, help homeowners harden their homes, increase defensible spaces, modernize our power grid, and expand fuel reduction and renewable energy technologies.
As our Representative, she’ll bring together local, state and federal leaders to prevent cancellation of homeowner policies and hold insurance companies accountable.
Unrig the System: Brynne is already leading by example to take back our democracy from the special interests by rejecting all corporate PAC contributions. She will continue to fight for a constitutional amendment if that’s what it takes to get big money out of politics.
Fairness at home and at work: Women earn a fraction of the pay as men who perform similar jobs, and one in three face sexual assault. Having lived many of these issues first hand, Brynne will work to ensure equal pay for equal work, to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act, and to protect access to cancer screenings and reproductive health services.
As a CEO, she offered paid family leave to all employees, and will work to extend these benefits – along with access to early childcare – so that more moms and dads can participate in our workforce and access ladders into the middle class.