Issues

AMERICAN VALUES

Renee believes the family unit to be the foundation of our Nation. For generations we have instilled in our children the American values of independence, compassion, and strength of character that have made our nation great. However, due to stagnating wages and good paying manufacturing jobs going overseas many Missourians have had to work longer hours and in many cases more than one job just to make ends meet. This has led to less time spent together as a family teaching our children the American values upon which our country has been built.

Renee believes to reverse the decline of family values we must first create more good paying jobs and increase wages for the thousands of Missourians whose wage increases have been outpaced by inflation. When our parents can afford to spend more time with their children they will have the time to help rebuild the moral foundation of our country.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM

An elected official beholden to big donors cannot honestly represent their constituents. When special interest donors pay for elections, politicians are beholden to special interest donors.

When average Americans pay for elections, politicians will work for the average citizen.

Our democracy is at stake when a few wealthy donors can decide legislation by contributing through donating to political campaigns. In Congress, Renee would make Campaign Finance Reform a top priority.

By getting private money out of politics, we can give the government back to the people.

EDUCATION

One of the most important investments we can make for our country’s future is in the education of our citizens. Education is an important key to a better future for each individual and our society as a whole.

EDUCATION K-12

Renee Hoagenson believes in quality public education for all children. Renee would vote against taking money from our public schools for private institutions. Our public schools are underfunded at the present time. Our teachers are underpaid. We need to increase allocations to our school systems to ensure our children have the quality education they each deserve. We will hand our country over to these children one day. They will be our civic and our business leaders.

In addition to this investment into our children’s futures, it’s important to our rural communities that funds remain in their public school systems. Moving funds to private schools only hurts rural school districts. These school districts are major employers in many of our rural areas. Depleting the budgets of public schools would cause job loss to teachers and staff and over-burden remaining resources. Moving money from public to private institutions removes an important economic driver in our small towns.

Charter schools take money from rural Missourians and leave them with nothing in return. It is unfair to all rural citizens to send their education funding to private schools in urban areas.

HIGHER EDUCATION

We are living in a challenging world. Industries are changing quickly through advances in technology and shifting markets. Our workforce must continue to adapt through education and job training. We must look to the future, not only to predict industry changes but to seize new and emerging opportunities. Education is not only the key to achieving the dreams of our children, but it gives hope to those in changing and displaced job markets for a new start and career advancement.

We have an untapped resource in our country of underprivileged, intelligent people going without proper higher education. Many of these people are weighed down in low-paying jobs, often more than one, struggling just to put food on the table for their children and families. In Congress, Renee would push for low or no cost education and job training for all Americans. She would fight to get the funding needed for our public universities and community colleges to hold more classes outside the typical workday. It is imperative to invest in our future, and that begins with a good education.

HEALTHCARE

Medicare for all is where this country needs to be. Consider that we agree as a country that every child should be educated in the public school system. Isn’t healthcare an even more basic need than education? It is only logical that we would have basic healthcare available to all Americans. We are a civil society in which we have collective needs. Healthcare is one of those needs. Payments for healthcare and medicine should be considered more like utility payments, not free market. There was a time not long ago when healthcare was not a profit center. Now, it has become a profiteering level profit center for some while many literally die due to financial hardships. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that isn’t providing a level of healthcare for its people. There are many models we can consider in how to implement this. Ultimately, Medicare for all is where the country needs to be. I will work to that end.

OPIOID CRISIS

I believe that the pharmaceutical industry should pay restitution for the epidemic they have created that has decimated thousands of lives. In Congress, the opioid crisis will be a focus for me. It is a silent horror for many Americans and rural citizens, in particular. This Congress has not focused on this crisis instead, focusing on party politics. My own opponent has gone on a PR tour about opioids while she has done nothing to affect change. I have seen many people lifted out of the despair of addiction over the years. I know firsthand that it is possible. We need to be focusing on and empowering what we know works, saving lives and families.

BETTER REPRESENTATION

In addition to campaign finance reform, we must restructure how our districts are drawn.

We must take redistricting out of the hands of politicians.

Partisan redistricting, or gerrymandering, allows politicians to pick their voters rather than the people choosing their representatives.  This is a flawed system.

It has led to congressional incumbents with low approval ratings to continue to be re-elected. 

In Congress, Renee would push for a federal law mandating all redistricting in states be done by an independent, non-partisan panel or mathematical algorithms.

SENIORS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

It’s important that we protect our commitments to our seniors.
Social Security is your money, money you paid in over your lifetime. It is not the government’s. It is not an entitlement. Social Security should be a budget priority.

Medicare is also very important. Medicare works very well in this country.

Our current Congress is talking of cuts to Medicare. That would be a mistake. Personally, I’d like to expand Medicare, lowering the qualifying age, ultimately making it available to everyone. Medicare should be expanded so there is no yearly fee or supplement needed.

Our country has the healthiest people in the world, 65+ because Medicare works.

The US is dead last in outcomes for those below age 65.

Medicare will work even better when we can negotiate drug prices. In my opinion, it is morally wrong to allow pharmaceutical companies to price-gouge anyone but especially seniors. People are dying over outrageous drug prices.

Pharmaceutical and healthcare prices have skyrocketed in the last ten years. I believe that pharmaceuticals and healthcare payments should be treated more like utility payments. Drug companies can make a reasonable profit without causing American patients to choose between food and medication.

SMALL BUSINESS

As a small business owner who has built her career helping small businesses grow, Renee understands first hand the problems Missouri’s small businesses and small business owners face every day. Renee knows that most of these business owners want to be a caring, supportive member of their community, not exploit it. With over two decades experience as a small business consultant, Renee brings the business acumen needed to make sure government works efficiently to best serve its customers, you, the American family.