Getting to know the candidates: Nancy Stencil
Part of an ongoing series highlighting November election candidates
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — Nancy Stencil is the Democratic candidate running against Independent candidate Michael A. Taushek and incumbent Republican John Spiros in the Wisconsin 86th Assembly District.
If elected, Stencil would be a newcomer to public office. She currently works in the health care field.
On the state of education
I think overall — kindergarten through 12th grade, technical colleges, and universities — I think we really need to start funding better. We are cutting money out of education, and that is our future. That’s the next generation coming up.
We need to promote our technical colleges even more. I think our universities are wonderful, but there are many kids that aren’t sure what they want to do when they come out of school. And if we promote the technical colleges more in the high school level, they might find a niche out there that they really like.
On funding Wisconsin roadwork
We need to look at the whole picture, where the money is going to begin with. A lot of the money went to projects that are down in the southern part of the state, and we are making more lanes. That is wonderful for truck traffic.
We need to look at where the money is going because it should have stayed up here. It should be for our local roads. We’ve taken away a lot of our local control.
How can you put any more on the backs of the property taxpayer? Now, you are going to spread this out over 10 years. What happens to everything else that comes up in that 10 years?
Maybe just look at where the money went to begin with, and then go from there.
On working in Wisconsin
We need to start investing in Wisconsin families, and that is something we are not doing. That is a broad term, because it encompasses minimum wage, which does need to be raised.
I’m not saying to raise it tomorrow to drive anybody out of business, but at the same time, when we are not paying the Wisconsin worker a decent wage, we are subsidizing through food shares, which is coming out of yours and my pocket anyway.
Our fast food industry is a good example of that. They give to countless charities, which is wonderful, but they need to pay their workers so that their workers can survive. We need to be a more worker friendly state for working families when it comes to helping with child care and paid leave time.
On health care and its premiums
I think that the Affordable Care Act is wonderful. It was a great start. I think the state should have accepted the federal monies to help it along because in Wisconsin we are still in the predicament of that there are so many of our families that are working, but they are the working poor, and they are looking at those insurance premiums, and they are saying, “Which do I do, afford insurance or do I put food on the table?” We need to make it affordable.
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