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The Progressive Agenda In 13 Steps


 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and a coalition of progressive leaders launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality, kicking off a campaign to ensure progressive voices are heard throughout the 2016 election cycle.

At the core of The Progressive Agenda is the principle that our economy must work for all Americans, not just the super-wealthy.

“The Progressive Agenda comes down to a very simple concept – we need to reward work again,” said de Blasio. “We need to reward work, not wealth.”

To address the pressures faced by working families, the agenda focuses on raising wages, lowering the cost of child care and higher education, and pursuing tax fairness that will put more money in the pockets of working families while ensuring that the wealthiest pay their fair share.

“We need a strong foundation for every child and every working family to thrive,” said Merkley. “To do this, we need to restore an economy that works for working Americans.”

The Progressive Agenda

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To Lift the Floor for Working People

1. Raise the federal minimum wage, so that it reaches $15/hour, while indexing it to inflation.
2. Reform the National Labor Relations Act, to enhance workers’ right to organize and rebuild the middle class.
3. Pass comprehensive immigration reform to grow the economy and protect against exploitation of low-wage workers.
4. Oppose trade deals that hand more power to corporations at the expense of American jobs, workers’ rights, and the environment.

To Support Working Families

5. Pass national paid sick leave.
6. Pass national paid family leave.
7. Make Pre-K, after-school programs and childcare universal.
8. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.
9. Allow students to refinance student loan debt to take advantage of lower interest rates.

To Ensure Tax Fairness

10. Close the carried interest loophole.
11. End tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas.
12. Implement the “Buffett Rule” so millionaires pay their fair share.
13. Close the CEO tax loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of “performance pay” write-offs.

 





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