Economy: Wages, Jobs, Development and Housing
Living and Savings Wages & Real-life benefits While the Fight for 15 is a fight to gradually raise the minimum wage, workers need more. Only increasing the minimum wage could result in less hours and/or restructuring to require less manpower. Typically, the hardest working employee is the lowest paid employee. Even with some companies delivering success sharing bonuses – corporate executives pocket millions and millions in executive bonuses – profit that is not being reinvested into the hard hourly workers. Reinvesting those millions and millions each year into Livings and Savings Wages and real-life benefits such as Leave for hourly employees will protect jobs and workers and allow hourly employees to enjoy a sustainable living.
Clean Energy Jobs Economy In a clean energy jobs economy we can thrive and survive while also protecting our planet from harsh climate changes. I believe in increasing our renewable energy goal to 50% by 2030. We will work towards taxing beyond Carbon meaning any business that emits pollutants into our atmosphere will have to pay a tax on each pollutant while working to increase their dependability on clean energy. The revenue from these taxes will be used to support our clean energy jobs economy and best practices.
Controlled-Growth Mandate The Howard County APFO controlled-growth mandate continues to fail us on affordable housing and has shifted focus from growth and revitalization areas to established communities - which largely disadvantages low-income areas. I will not only increase awareness of this but I will end the politics standing between the people and home affordability.