We need a fairer economy in the Commonwealth, where the rich do not keep getting richer at the expense of our workers. We must ensure that the rich pay their fair share. I will support legislation and organizing efforts that give power, both political and economic, to our workers, and will constantly fight to defend the people who make up the backbone of our economy.
As your State Representative, I will…
1. Work to ensure that the Fair Share Amendment passes.
The Fair Share Amendment, also known as the Millionaire's Tax, will raise an extra $2 billion for the Commonwealth through a 4% surtax on annual income over $1 million. This money will be used for improvements in our education and transportation systems, which will vastly improve the state of the Commonwealth. We must enhance these pathways to economic success without placing a burden on working families, by instead asking the rich to pay their fair share.
2. Close corporate loopholes in our tax codes.
We need to not only ensure that the mega-rich are paying enough, we need to make sure they are actually paying in the first place. Too many corporations have manipulated our tax code—which, in many cases, was designed with loopholes intentionally—to get out of giving back to their communities, and this needs to stop. I will support efforts to do a deep dive into our tax code and root out these economic injustices.
3. Guarantee fair wages for our Commonwealth’s workers.
It is essential that we support our workers and join them in the fight for improved conditions. The first step is to ensure that wages are fair for all. We must address the 2018 bargain to raise the minimum wage that did away with time-and-a-half pay, which stole money that employees deserved for working on the busiest days of the year, namely on Sundays and holidays. We must bring back time-and-a-half pay as an important step in ensuring fair wages, and ensure that all wage injustices are rooted out of our economy.
4. Expand collective bargaining rights.
I have always supported unions, and I will be proud to stand up for our Commonwealth’s unions in the State House. We must ensure that all workers get a seat at the table, and moreover, see meaningful change in their workplaces. I support expanding collective bargaining rights because unions always put the rights and well-being of their workers first.
5. Foster the growth of our small businesses.
Small businesses are vital to the communities we live in as well as to our economy, but they face massive roadblocks to becoming more prosperous. One of the major issues they face is employee healthcare costs, a burden that can be lifted by implementing Medicare for All. Through a universal single-payer system, we can remove this block and allow small businesses to become more successful, and as a result, improve the economy as a whole.