Economic Justice

Increase Public Transportation

Support better funding for public buses and other forms of transportation, and installation of new transportation facilities (light inner-city rail, etc). Better public transportation reduces economic and environmental costs and provides more opportunity to citizens, especially lower-income ones.

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Economic Justice

Amend U.S. Constitution to Reverse Citizens United

Advocate for an Article V constitutional convention to establish a 28th amendment to the US constitution that reverses Citizens United and declares that corporations are not people under the law.

 

Sample Amendment: https://movetoamend.org/wethepeopleamendment

 

Active Legislation: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/BillInfo.cfm?syear=2013&sind=0&body=H&type=R&bn=539

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Economic Justice

Remove "Professional Exemption" from Labor Law

Currently, the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has a loophole that allows companies to get out of the time-and-half overtime pay; it's called the "Professional Exemption" and in being vague, allows business to cheat workers by calling anyone they can a "professional" due to their work being intellectual in nature. This was added to our labor laws during the Bush era, and it needs to GO. I see no honest benefit to not ...more »

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Citizen Awareness

Educational/Panel Discussion Videos

Produce Issue based videos for a youtube channel/website section....make them either educational on issue or hold a physical panel type form on an issue

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Economic Justice

Student Debt - limitations and discharge

Mandate that student debt collection has a statute of limitations, like any other debt, and that it be allowed to be brought to bankruptcy court.

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Environmental Justice

Stand in Support of Drilling Moritorium in State Forests & Parks

Corbett wants to balance budget by ruining our parks and rec areas.

 

It is especially troubling that the governor intends to raise $75 million by ending the ban on gas drilling beneath state forests and parks.

 

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/02/10/Corbett-is-exploiting-public-lands-as-cash-cows/stories/201402100024#ixzz2vrGbFgaU

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Social Justice

Loan Forgiveness for Community Service

Establish a program by which the state will assist in the repayment of student loans in exchange for valuable community service.

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Civil Justice

Open Source Redistricting

Enact a law that requires redistricting to be done by open source algorithm, not by politician, removing the possibility of bias and gerrymandering. The algorithm should build districts around population centers.

 

Possible solution: http://rangevoting.org/GerryExamples.html

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Economic Justice

Establish a Living Wage

Revise PA's minimum wage laws so that the state's minimum wage will automatically increase each year based on the current cost-of-living within the state. The minimum wage will be calculated such that two working adults will be able to support a family of four WITHOUT relying on government subsistence.

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Economic Justice

Modern Job Training for Unemployed Workers

Expand the unemployment program by providing training for modern job skills to unemployed workers. Provide incentives to businesses that provide training to the trainees. Incentives may include short-term labor contracts for workers that complete training and/or tax incentives based on the expense incurred from providing the training.

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Economic Justice

Provide Paid Time-off for Most Workers

Support a new law establishing minimum PAID vacation days, sick leave, and maternity/paternity leave in PA. The requirement would include an exemption for the smallest-sized businesses (< 15 employees).

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Economic Justice

Preferential Treatment of Local Business by Gov't

Promote legislation that would require the state and municipal governments to give highly preferential consideration to local businesses when procuring services and goods. (Cycle tax dollars directly back into our communities.)

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