Who is Amy Blansit?
My name is Amy Blansit and I am proud to be a resident of Springfield, Missouri. I have a strong passion for our community. For the past decade, I have had the opportunity to work with leaders and advocates to create paths for our neighbors to thrive.
I believe support and education change lives. I have served as faculty at Missouri State University for more than a decade. My love of learning and teaching can also be witnessed through my work in our community. Through scholarships, I was able to attend Drury University. I worked in healthcare for seven years before my teaching career. A decade after completing my masters degree, and as a recent widow and single mother, I completed my Doctorate in Health Studies. My education and research—but more importantly—my experiences within our community have led me to see the need for civic work and advocacy.
I understand the challenges of my neighbors and have lived experiences that help make me the right candidate for this position.
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Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right. But every year Missouri families must make difficult decisions regarding how they prioritize spending on prescription drugs and medical bills over the basic costs of living.
At the same time, millions of federal dollars were left on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction means less healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, reduced productivity, and the loss of hospitals, especially in rural areas.
As your state representative, I’ll support common-sense measures to increase enrollment and fully fund Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between a good job and keeping their healthcare.
As a professor and educator, I support investment in higher education and workforce training, to ensure all Missourians have the opportunity to gain the skills to compete in our economy.
Every Missouri child should have access to free, quality public education regardless of their zip code. As your representative, I will work to strengthen our public schools and fully fund our commitment to our kids.
I will support universal early childhood education, because investing in our kids from an early age is the best way for us to invest in the economic stability of our state.
A strong economy is one that works for everyone. As your state rep, I’ll work for those who truly build up our economy—our employees—for the wages, benefits, and protections they deserve. I’ll support investments in educational opportunities to support a 21st century workforce.
I’ll work for policies that support local businesses who provide livable wages in our state and keep our economy growing. I’ll work to bring new businesses here that want to create a healthy culture for our skilled Missouri workforce, enhancing quality of life. I will also support corporations who focus on a healthy workforce, livable wages, and reinvesting into our community.
Our state’s budget serves as a moral contract with our citizens. Every year, it is up to the state government to allocate the tax dollars you pay to maintain and improve our quality of living.
But while our schools are underfunded, our healthcare costs are on the rise while our taxes increase, and we’re borrowing money to pay for our crumbling roads and bridges, corporations in Missouri are receiving tax cuts and incentive packages.
We simply should not be handing out money to corporations hoping that prosperity will trickle down. As your state rep, I will be a careful steward of your tax dollars in Jefferson City.
I believe you and your family are the economic drivers of our state. Our budget should reflect that by investing in the things that will improve you and your family’s life, and building equity in the distribution of our funds.