We need a living wage. Wages have not increased since 2009 and our buying power decreases every year. $20 worth of groceries in 2009 costs more than $30 today and wages remain stagnant. In GA-07 the median rent is $1244. That means if you’re renting a one bedroom apartment and making minimum wage you are about $100 short every month on your rent. This is before your car payment, before groceries, before child-care, before insurance. The current system mandates poverty. This is unacceptable.
Raising the minimum wage allows us to address issues with income inequality between genders and race. Women and people of color make cents on the dollar in comparison to their white, non-Hispanic, male counterparts.
We must address corporate welfare. The current system is rigged to benefit the top 0.1% instead of creating opportunities for all Americans. The way the system is set up today, it only benefits the most wealthy and the largest corporations.
If we took away corporate welfare and made them pay their fair share, we could create easily attainable subsidies for small businesses. They could then pay their employees a living wage, they would be able to compete in the job market, keep their businesses profitable, and level the playing field between large corporations and minority and small business owners. We must help our small and minority business owners by making sure they have the starting capital afforded to them to get off the ground, federal loans that aren’t predatory and allow them to thrive and grow into their full potential.
We have to restrengthen our unions. Our country was at its height of income equality when our unions were at their strongest. We must make sure that we allow our unions and union members have to have the power to collectively bargain and make sure worker’s rights are not being infringed upon.
Trickle down economics does not work and it’s proven by the vast disparity in income inequality over the last 30 plus years. When Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates have more wealth than the bottom 50% of America something is wrong. Economic justice is critical to the future of the middle class. Trump’s tax plan hurt the middle class and working-class families that are the backbone of our country. We have to make sure everyone pays their fair share in taxes and the burdens don’t fall down to the middle and working class and close loopholes opened by the Trump administration.
I know first hand how hard it is for families to get by on minimum and low-wages and there just isn’t any excuse for it, except for corporate greed. I’m a firm believer that if you work hard you should get ahead. It’s time we end a system that works for the few.
When elected, I promise to work on legislation that starts Americans at $15, that adjusts to inflation thereafter; legislation that takes care of our small and minority business owners. That we make sure everyone pays their fair share in taxes and we return the power to the people and not corporations by helping our unions prosper.