Economic Justice

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Limited Eminent Domain

Support legislation to require lands taken under eminent domain to remain public, or revert to the original owner.

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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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Revoke Corporate Charters (Criminal Convictions)

Call for revocation of corporate charters to be a penalty available to courts to apply to corporations whose executives are found guilty of crimes (in their capacity as executives).

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State-funded Small Business Incubation Program

In order to promote new, small businesses in our state, establish a state-funded, business incubation program that will both fund and mentor new owners of small businesses. Applicants will submit their business plans to a review panel for admission into the program. Once accepted, the program will offer a small grant as seed money for the business, and the program will offer mentorship to the business owners/managers. ...more »

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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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Revoke Corporate Charters (Violation of Public Interest)

Call for revocation of corporate charters of corporations who executives egregiously violate the public interest.

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