Campaign: 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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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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: 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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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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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Environmental Justice

Stand in Opposition on HB 1576 "Endangered Species Act"

The basis is that PA would have to wait for federal government to list an animal endangered before the state can. If the animal is specific to PA and not the entire country the government may not move fast on it as opposed to an animal found widely across many states. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6307&s_src=sh_tw_ty6307 HB 1576 is a solution in search of a problem and ...more »

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Campaign: 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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Campaign: Civil Justice

Equal Treatment under the Law (LGBT)

Advocate for equal treatment of LGBT citizens by supporting anti-discrimination and marriage equality legislation.

 

Current legislation:

 

HB 300: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2011&sind=0&body=H&type=B&bn=0300

 

SB 719: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0719

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Campaign: Civil Justice

Set Campaign Contribution Limits (in PA)

Reform PA campaign finance laws to specify maximum contributions that can be given to a single political committee by a single donor (PA is one of only 11 states without such regulations).

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