Economic Justice

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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Civil Justice

Open Access to Debates

Open political debates to all candidates who demonstrate a modicum of support.

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Open Source Voting Machines

Support converting the state's voting machines to use open source software that will provide the following advantages over proprietary and closed systems:

 

1) Increased cost-effectiveness

2) Total transparency of design and operation

3) Maximum scrutiny of system security

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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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Open Ballot Referenda

Ensure that citizens in every PA municipality have the right to place referenda on the ballot via petitions collecting voter signatures, which would be enacted if approved by voters, thus putting more power and decision making in the hands of the people.

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Social Justice

Refund Public Education

Reverse recent funding cuts to public schools. Repeal the voucher system for private/charter schools that detract from district funding.

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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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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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Unburden Employers from Health Care Costs

Adopt a universal health care system that divorces health care costs from employers so as to level the playing field between businesses of different sizes.

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Total Public Financing for Campaigns

Reform PA's campaign finance laws such that state-level and local campaigns will be completely publicly funded.

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