An Economy of Hope
The political and moral health of America rest on the promise of equal access to economic opportunity.
Today, however, the American economy is defined not by equality, but by radical inequality. Wealth and income disparities are at heights not seen since the Gilded Age. Median wages for US workers have stagnated for nearly 50 years. Working families struggle to pay for child care. Racial and gender disparities persist. Life expectancy is in decline. And millennials—despite being the most educated generation ever—are destined to become the first generation in American history with less affluence than their parents.
Meanwhile, companies like Amazon—which doubled its profits from $5.6 billion in 2017 to $11.2 billion in 2018—continue to pay zero dollars in federal income taxes. This is outrageous.
In short, America is in desperate need of an economic course correction. A good place to start would be investing in infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives Pennsylvania a D+ grade on our roads, bridges, waterways, electrical grids, and other infrastructure. Instead of giving away billions of dollars of tax cuts to corporations, we should invest in our aging roads and bridges. Not only will this will create jobs now, but it will help prepare our economy for the future.
As your representative in Congress, I will promote common good capitalism that offers Americans the ability to pursue their own form of happiness.
This includes, among other things:
Creating good jobs and raising the minimum wage;
Providing small businesses with tax and regulatory relief and improving their access to capital;
Adopting a fair tax system and closing corporate loopholes;
Ensuring equal pay for equal work for minorities, women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community;
Advocating for paid family leave policies;
Revising the childcare tax credit to give more relief to working class families; and
Implementing job training and apprenticeship programs, particularly for those without college degrees.