Street for PA

Sharif's Vision for Pennsylvania

From union port workers in Philadelphia unloading cocoa beans from Africa, to dairy farmers in rural PA producing milk necessary to turn that cocoa into Hershey’s chocolate, from natural gas executives in western Pennsylvania leading our booming domestic energy industry to the cutting edge scientists working in our world class universities making breakthroughs in sustainable energy technology, from the disadvantaged children of color struggling to be educated in dilapidated urban schools to poor kids in the “T” struggling to be educated in dilapidated rural schools, Pennsylvanians from across the state are sharing in our common successes and similar struggles. I have a vision for Pennsylvania that brings people together, invests in our strengths, and focuses on the things that make Pennsylvania great.

All Pennsylvanians deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare whether they live in a big city or in a rural community. Sharif will find creative ways to lower healthcare costs by strengthening insurance networks, eliminating surprise balance billing practices, and getting a handle on rising pharmaceutical costs.

  • Make it easier for our seniors to access home healthcare

  • Reduce premiums in the healthcare marketplace

  • Lower prescription drug prices

  • Improve access to healthcare in rural Pennsylvania

  • Increase funding for hospitals who serve low income patients

  • Eliminate predatory short-term health insurance plans

Sharif understands that access to quality education is the key to raising strong families and a building a prosperous Pennsylvania. Sharif is fighting for state of the art educational opportunities across the commonwealth from fairly funded public schools, to world class higher education institutions, to focused career and technical training.

  • Fully fund public schools in a way that does not pit one Pennsylvania region against another

  • Restore charter school reimbursement

  • Focus on career and technical education

  • Reduce student debt

Pennsylvania has more people serving time in prison than almost every other state in the country. We must end the school to prison pipeline and begin to reduce the amount of people incarcerated in our state.

  • Extend parole eligibility to those serving life sentences

  • Establish a state office of re-entry programs

  • Auto expunge all charges not resulting in a conviction

  • End cash bail in Pennsylvania

  • Decriminalize possession of cannabis

  • Enact comprehensive probation reform

Sharif believes that government officials must stop managing decline. For years we have been struggling to get our budget in balance by raising taxes or cutting services. We must implement progressive, pro-growth tax policies that will grow our economy, create jobs, and increase revenue.

  • Close the Delaware loophole and reduce Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax

  • Implement angel investor tax credits

  • Offer electric vehicle infrastructure tax credits

  • Institute a state earned income tax credit

One of the problems in Pennsylvania politics is the false belief that some issues are “rural issues” and others are “urban issues.” The strenghth of PA’s agruculture industry affects all of us no matter where we live.

  • Connecting Pennsylvania dairy with West African Cocoa

  • Attract cheese or yogurt processing plants to Philadelphia

  • Promote the sale of Pennsylvania-produced milk in schools

  • Position Pennsylvania as a leader in the industrial hemp market

  • Legalize cannabis for adult use

  • Invest in urban farming

If we want to uplift our communities, all Pennsylvania residents must have access to jobs with decent wages. Sharif will propose a plan that invests real resources in key growth industries that can provide jobs in every part of our State.

  • Increase the minimum wage

  • Develop a Main Street strategy

  • Invest in the renewable energy sector

  • Make serious investments in infrastructure

  • Grow the home healthcare industry

  • End the prohibition on Cannabis

We must make strategic investments in transportation infrastructure across the Commonwealth because individuals, families, employees, and businesses from every corner of Pennsylvania rely on it.

  • Expand and upgrade mass transit

  • Invest in innovative transportation technology

  • Invest in world class cargo infrastructure at PHL airport

Being a responsible steward of the earth and promoting a successful business environment are not mutually exclusive. The clean energy sector is growing rapidly in Pennsylvania and allowing for the creation of thousands of jobs. We must continue to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, specifically fast-charging highway stations, electric-fleet vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

  • Investing in clean car infrastructure across the state

  • Create a roadmap to 100% renewable energy by 2050

  • Modernize our electrical grid

  • Require stricter standards for the inspection and upkeep of pipelines in Pennsylvania

All Pennsylvanians deserve to be treated equally. We live and work in a commonwealth that was founded on the basis of freedom from religious oppression and a city that is the historical birthplace of freedom and liberty.

  • Pass an LGBT non-discrimination bill

  • Promote religious freedom

  • Strengthen voter rights

  • Stand up for women’s rights

  • Fight against attacks on labor rights

  • Open an office of new Americans

What Do You See When You Envision Your Community?