Economic Justice

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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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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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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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