Issues: End Poverty and Raise Wages

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Jobs and Income Above Poverty

  • Raise Welfare and Disability Grants: Immediately raise welfare and disability benefits above the poverty line.

  • Raise the State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 30% of the federal EITC to 40%.

  • Guaranteed Minimum Income: Establish a guaranteed minimum income above poverty built into the progressive state income tax.

  • Public Jobs for the Unemployed: Enact a public jobs program paying living wages and benefits in public works and public services to meet community-defined needs – state-funded, locally-planned, and prioritizing disadvantaged communities.

  • $20 Minimum Wage: Enact $20 minimum wage by 2021 indexed to productivity.

Worker Cooperatives

  • Target economic development resources to developing worker cooperatives that raise worker income by distributing value added according to labor contribution, not capital ownership.

  • Establish a state public bank with local branches to help plan, develop, and finance worker cooperatives.

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