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Calling income inequality a profound threat to the country and its future, Mayor Bill de Blasio brought together a progressive coalition to ensure the issue remains at the center of the debate leading up to the 2016 elections.
Progressives joined with de Blasio in New York to kick off the national push to highlight solutions to income inequality. Organizers plan to take the campaign on the road, convene a presidential candidates forum on income inequality, and create a progressive version of the 1994 Republican “Contract with America,” which will be released in May.
De Blasio said they will ask elected leaders at all levels to respond to the document, which they hope will crystalize the discussion on real solutions to income inequality.
While the issue of income inequality is not new, the coordinated push behind it is.
Across the country, people are organizing around a minimum wage increase, pay equity for women and paid sick leave. “Grassroots voices are crying out, and the national media has not listened. They will listen in May,” said Van Jones, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, another founding leader of the coalition, said that while we are making incremental progress, even financial publications are raising income inequality as a threat to our democracy.
“If too many people feel that our society becomes closed to job opportunity, to education opportunity, even to the opportunity to move one’s child into the middle class, then that democracy is damaged. And I care too much about this country to allow that to happen,” said Malloy.
“All of this is focused on the notion that we are not having a discussion of income inequality in this country, and we are not having that discussion at our peril,” said de Blasio.
While in Iowa on the first swing of the national tour, de Blasio laid out eight priority actions:
1. Raise the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living.
2. Pressure businesses to raise wages for all workers – and establish a wage-tracker to shine a light on both those who do and those who don’t.
3. When awarding federal government contracts, give special consideration to businesses that recognize the right to organize.
4. Ensure every child in America has access to full-day pre-kindergarten.
5. Pay for national pre-k by enacting the Buffett Rule.
6. Pass federal legislation that provides for paid sick leave.
7. End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, using that money to invest in roads, bridges and mass transit here at home.
8. Close the carried interest loophole that allows Wall Street money managers to have their income taxed less than earned income, using that money to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit for the working poor.
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