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owner of a restaurant. he said the first openly gay person elected to congress by new hampshire voters. and representative johanna hays first came to national attention when president obama named her 2016 national teach of the year at a white house ceremony. she's only the second african american to represent connecticut in congress. the first was congresswoman gary franks, a republican who also represented the 5th district in the 1990's, new congress, new leaders, watch it all, on c-span. >> more road to the white house coverage with ohio democratic senator shared brown. he recently participated in a round-table on jobs and the economy with voters in new hampshire. this is about an hour.
>> hello everybody. i'm a state reptive from here in hampton. this is two nights in a row that above been in this building and i'd like to thank everyone woo who turned out for the school district meeting last night. this is what i refer to as the band room, it's now a lecture hall. i want to welcome you here tonight to this conversation we're going to have during this week in the legislature there are hearings on family medical leave insurance, which is something we've been talking about in legislature for the past two sessions, and i'm honored to be asked by the folks for a family friendly economy to
introduce to welcome you here and i want to introduce our guest from ohio, senator sharrod brown who will say a few words, and then we'll have a conversation. [applause] >> sen. brown: that you know it's a pleasure to be here. this is my first time in new hampshire since i believe when i was at manchester, plymouth state university first with senators shaheen, campaigning with her in 2014, and then with her husband. we went on to a couple other sights, and thank you for and let me first introduce my wife connie shulz. i will not say much. i mostly want to hear from the panelists. we are in the midst of something we call the "dignity of work"
tour. i was reelected to my third term in senate since 2018, and am continually noticing that democrats think you either choose to talk to the progressive base or talk to families, and listen to matters that matter to them. i think we have to do both. we don't win space in general elections in new hampshire or ohio to swing stoats unless we talk to workers and to progressives, and i'm a longtime progressive but i like a state like ohio because of who i am and what i fight for every day as the dignity work. if you love your country you fight for people who work. regardless of kind of work you to. whether you shower before or after work. understanding whatever challenges that people like me have in the workplace, people of color and women have greater challenges. and one of them is we fight for
higher wages, and better benefits, and we fight for better workplace rules, and pro-family policies. and what this legislature is doing, senator sherman, and moving this governor in the right place, getting him to do the right thing on family policies like this is so important. i thank those in the house and senate that are working on these issues, and i want to be part of this as we work to advance these issues. family issues, and congress and the house and senate. and congratulations on a electing a new member of congress from new hampshire too, and having the two female senators, i think you all know this but the two women every in history to ever be governors and senators are serving you in this great state, and ohio is working to have a progressive women governor or senator one of these days, thank you for blazing the
trail, and why don't you start. >> welcome. and welcome to all of you for joining us tonight for our discussion. my name is jan schaeffer, i live in warner, new hampshire, and i'm recently retired from the staff of the nation aflcio, which is the federation of unions. and since my retirement i have been working with the campaign for a family friendly economy to help pass family and medical leave in the new hampshire. and i am really passionate about this issue, broth both because e had family and medical leave, but i have also not had it. when my first son was born i did not have it, 26 years ago. but i did have a union contract that paid for family medical leave and i was able to be with my mother when she died.
which was an incredible gift. and it would have been more than stressful to have to try and balance work and taking care of a parent like that. so, i am really excited that senator brown is joining us tonight. he's a leader on issues of importance to working families. he has spent his time in the u.s. senate relentlessly advocating for us and i'm so happy he could be here. so welcome again. so the format for this evening is first we're going to hear from a panel which you can see up here. who see the critical need for family and medical leave and then our guest, senator brown will speak a bit more and we will have time at the end for questions. from folks here. so i am sure that many people in this room have struggled with the issues that we're going to talk about tonight or you're
going to hear about tonight. maybe you recently had a baby or you adopted or maybe you're caring for an aging parent, or a partner who is ill, most of us face these kind of events in our lives. and for far too many of us we face really difficult, almost impossible choices when we get into these situations, and we're glad that new hampshire and many other states in the country are working to find solutions. so according to the federal reserve bank, 40% of us cannot take an unexpected $400 expense. this is in part because wages are not keeping up for a lot of working families. and they're living paycheck to paycheck. but, to think about that, and for some of us in this room
probably know that as our situation that if something unexpected happens we would not be able to keep our finances together. so we know that a problem health problem or disability is what can push many of us into poverty. and losing income, even for a short period of time can be really destabilizing to our families. so family and medical leave insurance can provide the temporary financial bridge and can help us maintain financial security while meeting the caregiving needs in our families. some of us are single parents. some of us were holding our families together with one income or we're a two-person family, with one person, or both people working and trying to juggle all the daily joys, and all the daily stresses that we face. or someone in our family maybe battling addiction, and needs
time off to go into rehab. and family and medical leave insurance should be there for all of us. to relieve some of the financial strain of taking time off from work. we are grateful tonight to be joined by a panel of people from this community who will start this discussion for us. first we have former state representative and the ceo of one sky community services, which serves one of ten regions in new hampshire for individuals with developmental disabilities. >> thank you jan, and welcome senator brown. i am the only member of my family that did not graduate from this high school. and i made up for that by serving on the school board for three years. prior to moving to new hampshire i grew up in that mitten shaped state the north of ohio, and while i did not attend the
university of michigan both of my kids were born in ann arbor, so i am obligated to say, "go blue." >> congratulations with the patriots, as a browns fan. [applause] >> you guys within a you win a f stuff. sorry, enough of that. >> sorry i opened that up. >> way to go. >> this is supposed to be a substinent discussion. >> i am the ceo of one sky community services and we have a private non-profit organization in new hampshire that supports individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders. we are proud in new hampshire of being the first state in the country to deinstitutionles the
care provided to individuals with disabilities. we were the first state to allow people with those disabilities to live independently in the community. and that is our role. we are responsible for a region that includes most of rockingham county, and we have a contract with the state of new hampshire, and we administer the states -- the state-funded and federal-funded medical programs that spore those individuals. new hampshire, unlike a lot of states where the state department would provide those services, new hampshire entered into a private, public partnership, with nine other organizations like us to cover the state. we serve about a thousand people a thousand families. we have an annual budget of $30 million. across the state i can the system supports probably around 12,000, and the annual budget is closer to $400 million.
most of the support for the people that we work with, well most of the people we work with, we call them our clients. most clients continue to live at home. and the primary caregiver for those individuals is their family. and what we do is supplement that support by making -- getting funding so they can hire people to come in and help them in the community. we called them direct support professionals who take them out into the community. if one of those people is unable to go -- to come to workers it puts a tremendous stress on the family. most of the families of the people we work with are struggling themselves. they're two-income earners, and if the staff that's supposed to take care of a family member with a disability isn't able to show up, mom or dad has to stay home. and if you're an hourly employee that means you're going to lose
pay. that's an immediate issue if it lasts for a day it becomes a much longer issue if it goes on for longer periods of time. and you combine that with the fact that new hampshire is facing this perfect storm of work-related issues. we have the second oldest average population in the country. behind maine, we're going for it though. we have the lowest unemployment rate in new england, it's horrific around 2%. we have the highest cost of an in-state college education in the country which leads to the highest average student debt in the country. and we have an incredibly difficult time finding staff. so what that does is puts the families that we're working with in a lot of situations where they just can't find people on
an ongoing basis, and they face the challenge of do i care for my loved one or do i lose my job. and if they had paid family leave, that would really strengthen the safety net that exists, and provide them with the extra support. so thank you again. >> next on our panel is heather carrol, heather is the manager of public policy at the alzheimer's association of massachusetts the new hampshire chapter. she is a social worker and has been working in the field with elders for over 15 years and has a very good understanding of the importance and the challenges of care giving. >> >> heather: thank you very much, and welcome to new hampshire senator. we know you are a leader when it
comes to alzheimer's disease in congress currently. we are so appreciative of your support for the bold infrastructure act that was a excellent bipartisan if you can believe it or not, it was a bipartisan effort. luckily for us if you have a brain you can be affected by this disease. we have 24,000 individuals currently with alzheimererse and a couple thousand more with brain disorders. and the cardiovascular givers are giving p76000000 hours of free care every year. the workforce here in new hampshire for direct care staff is extremely tough. it also leads to the issue of staff that's trained properly to care for individuals with specific needs, which are disease process is a specific need. so we are unfortunately sometimes competing for people
to come to work. and when when you have that sitn happening it gets -- it leaves families without a lot of options. other than the care for their loved ones themselves. and we as an organization realize that being out of the paid family leave, which is ridiculous for us, it was taking it to the other end of the spectrum, we heard lots about moms and adoption, and things, but we were like hey, what about our people. our people are dealing with this type of issue all the time. so two out of three of the family members are still in the workforce. and when we are talking to families the thought process of having to take an early retirement because there is no workforce out there. so if we want to stay with our loved one, with alzheimer's or any form of dementia, we're looking at possible retirement, which means leaving the workforce, and possibly leaving a great job that has fantastic
benefits, and the thought process of losing your job because you're out a lot. because you are currently caring for a loved one, or taking doctors appointments and things like that and the thought of losing your insurance is mind-boggling for our families. i had a gentleman yesterday who was talking about how if we had paid family leave he would have job protection, where he feld he's on the older end of the spectrum, so he may be easily dismissed and if that happened, his wife's prescription meds would drop dramatically. and the thought of putting her in a nursing home is just the farthest thing from their thought. but our families who are dealing with alzheimer's disease shouldn't think about possibly losing their job, or can i keep my job and still have time to do
a transition. we have families who want to move their loved one's home because it's not safe for them to be in the community any longer, and would love to have a couple weeks to and that transition. we have another woman who's with lived in bedford for 52 years, and now she has to transition into a more structured care environment, and she doesn't have the time off from work to help her mom with that pringz. we hear stories of kids caring for parents, and trying to make things work. especially when a hospital calls and says your dad's broken his hip and we need you to come in because he needs to be on one-to-one because he has alzheimer's disease, and he's very overstimulated in the hospital, but he has to stay here. families are having these tough questions and having to balance
everything seems to be very complicated. and i think our focus would benefit just as much from having a very strong paid family leave bill here in new hampshire, and federally would be fantastic as well. because then we could draw from that model, and wouldn't it be great if new hampshire was best practice, and could pave the way for a very strong way of keeping our loved one's home, and i think that's the new hampshire way s to make -- be able to make our own choices, no matter what happens in life. >> thank you heather. kathleen murphy, who is next on our panel is the superintendent of sau-90 which is this district. and kathleen is a leader in early childhood, and stem initiative, she was named superintendent of the year in
2016. and she has been both the classroom teacher, and a principal, and now she's a superintendent. kathleen? >> thank you senator, welcome to hampton, a fabulous community. a community of families that are incredibly caring, and devoted to their kids, their families, and their extended families. so i think you found this is your first stop, it's a great first stop because it's a terrific community. i am a proud public school educator. public school educator, for 47 years so i've had lots of experiences that have given me the focus on understanding the impact that families undergo every day. you know most of our families recently are working. it's interesting the change since that recession, and we see
a lot of families working. but what we discovered was those families are working with very low paying jobs. a lot of service jobs. hourly jobs, with very few benefits. without any coverage of insurance so that we've had situations where we've had families come to us just recently we had a single mom come to us. she's going to have surgery. she came to the -- to our office to talk to our social worker because she didn't know what she was going to do because her pay was able to pay the gent put food on the table and take care of the kids, but she knew having surgery she was going to be out of the workforce, and she had no backup. and what was she to do. again, i talk about hampton rallies, it supports their families, but she was frantic because she knew she didn't have the income to be able to support her.
she knew she was going to be out for six weeks with certainly, and recuperation. and for us -- as educators, we don't work with just the students, we look at our work as families and students. so when things happen in the family it has a direct impact on the work that we do every day. we know that when families are in crises, there are stresses at home, or anxiety, we know it has a significant impact on student learning. we've learned that when kids are stressed, because of situations their brain responds differently, and they're not the same student we see every day in the classroom. and so, we're always looking for ways in which to help families in any way we can. whether it's providing extra food, we have a program called 68 hours for hunger. we provide food for families on friday, that's enough food the 68 hours represents the time from hot lunch, to breakfast on
monday morning. so that they have food, extra food again that's a real community effort. but we know that those critical pieces of housing, and food, and clothing, are critical for us kids. and when we can't do that or provide that support for families, it's really the kids that suffer. and i don't think we often think about that when we think about paid family leave we think of the adults. but the significant impact on children we've seen that in a number of cases, in just our small community. we have a community of 1100 students k-8, and then they come to high school. so we're always reaching out trying to assist families because we know how it will help kids. >> thank you kathleen. thank you so much. our final panelists who will speak, and then introduce the senator again, is state senator
and doctor tom sherman he represents
this district, 24, which includes hampton, and he is a gastroenterologist, who has been a very active advocate of expanding medicare in new hampshire, and he's expanding on the state's task force investigating the -- cancer. >> hello everybody. after this summer with so much bike riding through your neighborhoods this feels like my second home. so my background as many of you know, i'm gidoc, and when i was first elected to the house back in 2012, we started looking at expanding medicaid, and as i learn more and more about expanding medicaid, one of the
most interesting factoids was a study that came
out of the oregon experience. and when they expanded medicaid, which -- i don't go into the details of how they did it. but it was randomized. half the population who was eligible got it, and half didn't. so harvard did an amazing amount of studying of that experience. and guess what the number one earliest benefit was? anybody know? mental health. and the first two years, mental health, which is related to the charm classroom is getting people back to school. it was the stability that having health coverage brought the immediate benefit in the first two years was a benefit in depression, mental health, and financial stability. when we passed medicaid expansion in new hampshire, we
saw that. you be it takes a couple of years before hypertension, diabetes, and in my world, ulcerative colitis, and crohn's disease catch up. but the immediate benefit is mental health. and if you listen too panelists tonight that's what they're talking about. paid medical family leave is all about financial security. it's all about a reliable backstop. it's all about having a safety.net that you can depend on. so last week, our majority leader in the senate introduced sb-1, and let me tell you a few things about it. this is really important. when i was on the campaign trail i had multiple people talking to me about what a stress it was to not know what they would ever do
if they got sick, or if their family member got sick, or their child got sick and they had to take time off. the bulk of the people couldn't take time off and if they did they lost their job. and i think all of us are aware of that spiral. you lose your job, you lose your healthcare, you lose your healthcare, you lose your health. and all of a sudden you're declaring bankruptcy, you're losing your home or apartment, so that downward spiral is what sb-1 is trying to help with. so sb-1 is insurance. it's no different from unemployment insurance. it is not a tax. by the way, there other point is that pregnancy is not a vacation. how many people here feel like pregnancy is not a vacation. i haven't been pregnant, but my wife well tell you, it's not a vacation. this is not a tax, this is the
point. you're going to hear it's an income tax, it's not. this is insurance. and we have some really amazing examples of insurance where it started with the state, and a really good one is med mal, medical malpractice insurance, if any of you are in healthcare and know what joa was, we couldn't get medical practitioners insured. they stepped in until commercial insurers stepped in. so now those practitioners are insured through commercial product. so there is a role for the state. we do that with unemployment insurance right now. so it's insurance. it's universal. one of the concerns of governor -- was that it did not involve state employees. sb-1 is everybody. the only people exempted are those people who work for companies that have a similar
benefit, and then they are exempted. but the bottom line for the people of hampton and the people of the coast, and the people of new hampshire, is that this is the financial stability that keeps you able to take care of your family, and able to keep your job. and guess what? that's what's probably the most critical component in our workforce. right? if people can't show up to workers or they show up to work sick, or show up to work stressed out because their child is sick or their parent is in a hospital and they can't be there, that has a huge impact on workforce, and wellness. so this is probably the medicaid expansion of this session. this is the single most critical bill that we will be working on
and i'm so excited that we're talking about it today. senator brown i went to northwestern, so that's another big penn school. he was talking about michigan, but the good news is that michigan and ohio state used to just clobber us. so you have nothing to worry about. i have a full bio here, but senator brown has done an amazing job in ohio, and one of the most amazing parts is that in a state where president trump won by ten points, senator brown prevailed by 7 points in 2018. what that means is that he's in touch with his people. and what that also means is that he's a really good listener. so i'm glad this is a listening session. but there are a couple of
problems with his bio. he's a cleveland indians fan. i'm sorry, but -- my email -- >> you'll appreciate my -- my email address is damnyankees. my wife and i spent three miserable hours at fenway park in game six when cleveland, and jb drew who had never had a clutch hit in his life hit a grand slammer in the first inning, and it ruined my life for a couple of years. >> we're glad you recovered and came back. but there are a couple of points i want to bring out. because this -- these were critical points for the c-coast when i was going through the campaign process. one he is a champion of a woman's right to choose, a woman's right to determine her own health choices.
second of all, and this is something i really admire. when he was elected in the senate he did not go use that platinum insurance plan. he wanted until the affordable care act was passed and he gets his insurance through the exchange. so i think that deserves a round of applause. [applause] and some of you know that i'm chair of health and human services in the senate, and i'm also vice chair of election law so i really appreciate the work you've done on voting rights. so that's it for you bio. but thank you so much for coming, and for bringing this topic to the forefront forefron. >> sen. brown: i really will be brief. we'll have questions for comments and questions. let me say a word about each panelist what i with have just
learned from you in many ways. first the importance of medicaid expansion. we have a republican governor in ohio who expanded medicaid against the wishes of his party and i was grateful for that. i have many disagreements with him but i know what medicaid expansion means to rural hospitals, i know what it means to care generally i know what it means to mental health services and the opioid issue is probably the opioid public health crisis is almost as bad are per capita in ohio as it is in new hampshire. and i know -- i work with jean and maggie on that issue, and how tragic it is for those families. we have 11 people in ohio that die every day from opioid overdose. i remember a day in cincinnati, at a similar round-table as this, a gentleman who's daughter who had been in and out of treatment, he put his hand on her arm, and said she's be dead
wowed medicaid expansion. and jan, what you said about $400, a huge part of american public can't survive -- can't deal with going to a pay-day lender if their car breaks down and to get to work. and what that was. and the most poignant example recently, we read during the shutdown that 8,000 federal workers had to arrange child care, or had to pay their participation and all of that. at least we got them backpay as we should have for all the stress that caused them. there are literally hundreds of thousands of contract workers who worked for 12, and 13, and $14 an hour, but they don't work for the government. there are people who prepare food at federal facilities, they clean the offices and the
grounds and provide security and they are not getting backpay, so it's a bunch -- it's five weeks without pay for people making $14, and $15 an hour, what happens in their lives they go too payday lender, and they have a downward spiral that can lead to eviction or those horrible things, and we have an obligation to them, as well as the other families. so thanks for pointing that out. chris your about disability, and aging population and safety net, obviously medicaid matters and so does the legislation you're all working on here cup would the student debt is an explosive situation, so thank you for bringing that out. and heather, i was lucky enough maybe, to i think that's the right word. i was with both my parents in the late 80s, several years apart in home care, they were
home care at their home in mans field ohio, half the size of manchester, a town of 50,000, or central ohio, a town that's been hit hard by globalization, just like you along the merrimack reserve from lawrence, to manchester, were hit so hard with -- in the middle towns we were hit the same way in a town like mansfield, and i know how important that safety net is and the work that you all do -- but i was lucky enough to be with my parents but i had a job where i could be with each of them the last day of their lives, and they didn't suffer for dementia, so it wouldn't a 2, or 5, or ten-year process. but one of the best friends connie and i have, her mother and father had dementia, and her mother who seemed healthy and strong got weaker and less healthy as she cared for his
father, and his problems got greater and she -- even though you would never have predicted it her life ended before the father's life, and you see that all the time with caregivers and with the additional stress with income, and all that surely means. so thank you for pointing that out. and superintendent murphy, thanks for 47 years -- is that what you said? starting in middle school you started teaching. >> i was ten when i got my first job so you do the math. >> but your comment really hit me. cincinnati is one of the leading communities in the country that does something called -- that have community schools it's the wrap-around services that you explain so perfectly. it's not just taking care of students, it's obviously taking care of -- sometimes they need food pantries at the school or serving the school, and mental health services and in this day and age maybe it's always been
that way, and how important that is, and i love your 68-hour program, and last, tom thanks for making this sb-1 i think that's symbolism, i think the symbolism of making it sb-11 tells skeptics, i'll be kinder, skeptics like the governor and i can't believe he really said that about pregnancy. >> he said that about family leave, it's like taking a vacation. >> sen. brown: obviously i'll let you think about that but the symbolism is the number one priority is sb-11. that in the legislative body says and means something, and that's the number one priority as the majority party and that is smart and impressive and makes the chances of success that much greater. so i will stop there and is love to hear comments or questions but especially comments. just thoughts and ideas.
>> thank you, and cody has the microphone, so if you want to ask a question or make a comment comment. >> sen. brown: would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself, name and community, and where you grew up, and whether you care about northwestern and ohio state -- no, just kidding. i don't think that's>> my name t retired here from new york state. we were mid-westerners to begin with. we have a daughter who lives in ohio. so anyway, i'm an aclu voter, and my big interest is in criminal justice reform and prison reform. so i have three questions for you related. first of all, all the states have different laws regarding restoration of slowing rights
voting rights, formerly incarcerated would you support restoring voting rights to people who are out of prison? or even in prison? california lets you vote if you're in prison. two, what would you do to alleviate mass incarceration? and three, how would you help the formerly incarcerated define living wage employment, which is a big reason of why people recidivate. they can't earn enough money to keep themselves alive. so what is a person to do? >> sen. brown: i'll take them in reverse order. living wage for formerly incarcerated people. my wife is a -- you should look at her on facebook, or on twitter. she's a pulitzer prize winner, but before she won the pulitzer she wrote about a gentleman
named michael green who had been wrongfully incarcerated for rape. she fold him around in prison twelve years -- he was in prison 13 years, she followed him around for his first year out of prison, and wrote a 1920 -- several day series, about before i knew her was when that happened. so 20 years ago, and about his challenges as trying to find a job with a dozen-year gap in his resume, and how hard that is for someone to find employment during that. if means we need to focus more -- now real briefly on the cleveland clinic. partially i don't take most cred credit for this but i call large institutions in my state and ask
them to have a $15 minimum wage. i encourage large institutions, insurance companies, banks, large hospitals to adopt that. cleveland clinic did recently. i take a bit of the credit i've been pushing on that but more to the point they contract food service, custodial and security, and many companies don't -- they don't think of that as part of their companies employees. if you go to an parent the people that push the wheelchairs work for sub-minimum wage and depend on tips if you can believe that and our department of labor doesn't seem to care. so that's part of our whole picture. second question, mass incarceration, my colleague, cory booker from new jersey, and senator durbin from illinois has pushed the first step act. and it was just that, the "first step act" but it's important.
aclu would say that much. i'd say it was a little bigger than that. and i've also worked on "ban the box" which is their reintegration into society where they can't ask about prior convictions as they go into the workplace, and i worked with president obama first doing it by executive order, and later by statute. and voting rights, i was secretary of state and served with bill gardener who i think has been secretary of state since the spanish american war. [laughter] not quite. i've been working on voting rights issues my whole life. when i was secretary of state -- the elections officials if they didn't really believe in expanding the franchise they sure didn't fight to restrict it like the republican party game plan seems to be too often now. we did all kinds of innovative things.
my proudest was probably getting government agencies like the unemployment burrow to offer registration at the agency. but my most fun was i asked corporations all over ohio, and businesses in ohio to help us. and the mcdonalds corporation printed 1 million tray liners, the papers on the plastic trays so you could go through and sign up to register to vote, and for years, the ohio county board of elections, or athens county board of elections you could see registration forms with ketchup stains but they still counted. ohio is -- cares little about expanding the franchise, and has grateful done voter purges. we have had generally good laws, if you -- you can actually vote in prison if you're a -- if you
committed a misdemeanor -- felons can't vote in prison. missed meanants can't vote in prison. felons can vote once they're out of prison. we have one of thebust country on that, not on so many other issues, like voting. but probably better than the average state but not what it should be. >> senator, thank you for coming and thank you for the family friendly economy folks for organizing this. my name is kevin fleming, and i teach at this school. i want to echo the educators comment, the other perspective that while we would like family friendly policies for us as employees we do appreciate it, you've seen things across the country where teachers have become more active, and been demonstrative in their own maybe
labor concerns, we have concerned for all of our support staff people, bus drivers, lunch ladies all the folks in our school buildings but we also know when our students, when there are family friendly policies there can be better learning and we appreciate you folks underscoring that. >> andy morris, i teach at one of the community colleges in the area. >> what do you teach. >> history and government. >> in which community college? >> what can you do about the problem of student debt? >> it's -- it's connie graduateg
class kid first to go to college. all three of her siblings followed her going to college. she had virtually no dollar help from her parents and tells the story as so mailbox first-generation kids do when they crawl back home when they're facing a new student at university of an example, or plymouth state, or dartmouth they call home and their parents so often don't have answers because they have not had that experience. but connie graduated with not much more than $1,000 in student debt, and that was years ago. and it's important that we recognize that and you know what your question suggests. what we've done to this generation of students who put off maybe put off marriage, put off having children because of the cost of child's care and the cost of paying a student debt, less likely to start a business or buy a house.
all the things we've inflicted on them which causes damage to the economy long-term. for people who would invest in these communities -- congress hasn't nearly kept up on pell grants with we should be doing. third we are working on a match where the federal -- this will take money, and president trump, and mitch mcconnell and paul ryan, have decided that a tax-cut of a trillion and a half dollars, 70% going to the richest people in the country was more important than investing in the next generation. you're here. we have a figure out how to assist in funding of state universities, at a minimum not that that takes care of all the problems obviously. but last we need with -- i worked with senator kennedy first or second year in the senate on allowing forgiven os
of loans for people who did public service, that could be anything from americorps to nursing, to teaching at community college. and we -- or public school teaching or being a sphrent, or whatever, and to accelerate after interests debt is canceled. whatever debt you haven't paid this administration looks unkindly on that whole program and has done all they can to squeeze it. and you should be able to renegotiate your loon and that's again the bank's have far too much power in making those decisions, and keeping people under that economic dur eses if you will. >> my name is keegan, i'm a student here, i'm a senior, and i will be majoring in education
next year. >> what are you doing next year. >> i'm looking at college for music education. >> and you want to be a teacher. >> yeah, i want to be a high school music teacher. [applause] >> sen. brown: and superintendent murphy just promised you a job. if she's still superintendent in four and a half years, five years. you're pushing it a little bit senator. >> sen. brown: not that there are any witnesses that heard her promise. >> i wanted to ask you on your thawnts on young voters and your power to motivate generations around me for people they believe in and causes they believe in. >> sen. brown: i like that as the last question. thank you, i appreciate that. to say the future is a cliche, and not particularly meaningful, but i saw this year, 50% more --
50% turnout increase in voters under the age of 35 or 30, 50% increase in turnout. this generation, you're younger than a millennial but people your age, you turned 18 or you soon will? >> yes. [applause] >> sen. brown: so, you changed the world by voting, and that's not really overstated. and this year when your generation people under 35 seem to be more public-minded oh interested in being full-fledged citizens than generations proceeding. more political in a sense of issues and caring about climate change, and guns, and civil rights, and women's rights and lgbt rights and all the things that are american values that
this government seems in too many cases hostile to. but you -- what you stand for and what you do matters. we saw a 50% increase in turnout, we know people that are under 30 might not be as partisan as -- they're not really democrats, but they're progressive, and it's frankly if i could talk in political terms it's malpractice on my party's part, and my part if we can't connect with the health. you connect the dots you care about climate change, you understand it's a great moral change of the generation. you care about your lgbtq friends. that means one you should vote, and veto for people that will go a different direction from this president, and thank you for that question, and i'll tell you a real quick closing story. it could have happened in new hampshire because of the
sophistication of new hampshire voters slar to the sophistication of ohio voters. this story came from barack obama. i called the president about a month ago and talked to him about the thoughts on candidacy, and he told me some interesting things. here's o one story. his success was launched in iowa. that's where he did very well in 2008 in the caucuses and not so well here but he's flying back to iowa for his first visit a month after he was president in this nice, big airplane. and he had with him the victory of agriculture tom villsack who had been the governor of iowa. so they were flying into iowa first trip back his press secretary was robert gibbs, and gibbs turns to the president,
and he says tell the victory of agriculture in iowa that day after the whole day of campaigning that day. obama said i just put in a day, 8 or 9 stops all over eastern iowa, i was dead-tired, and done. and my young staff person pulls out a cell phone, and says senator obama you need to make five more calls. he said i'm done, i'm tired, and i am not making any more calls. and he says no you have to call five more people, and he says who, new hampshire state representatives or county chairs? and he said no you have to call five high school students. he said high school students, he said i'm exhausted. and he said no these five students are all 18 years old and they're all going to bring their friends to the iowa caucuses next week. so president obama, takes the phone, and calls, and the woman
answers the phone, and he says barbara this is senator o bombinga i want to talk to you about the caucuses next week, and she says barack, i'm busy, i'm in a yearbook meeting i'm call you tomorrow. so the old -- i've only met him three times, i'd have to meet her a fourth time before idea decide -- so. [applause] thank you. >> thank you everyone.
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