Note: the solution can never be less profound than the problem is. The solution to our economic problems, including the problem of economic justice, is a revolutionary monetary system. In this country we have changed our monetary system at least a half-dozen times, counting the times we have or have not had a central bank and the times we have or have not used gold or silver in the monetary system. It is too much ...more »
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Support legislation to require lands taken under eminent domain to remain public, or revert to the original owner.
Oppose the "Paycheck Protection Act" (SB 1034 and HB 1507), which will have long-term, negative consequences on labor rights. This legislation is backed by ALEC, and it is designed to defund labor unions. http://alecexposed.org/w/images/b/b8/Paycheck_Protection_Act_Exposed.pdf http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=1034 http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=1507 ...more »
Allow senior citizens to lock in real estate taxes on their primary residence at age 65 (or similar rule). This will insulate those on fixed incomes from being priced out of their own home by rising property taxes.
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.)
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.