“We need an economy that works for everyone.”
– Arturo Carmona
Wages for middle- and working-class families have been in gradual decline for the past four decades. In fact, the United States has the largest gap between the rich and poor of any developed nation even many developing countries. With the rapidly increasing cost of living, large portions of our Los Angeles communities are in dire need of living-wage jobs and opportunities to build wealth.
As the concentration of wealth continues to grow in the top 1% in both California and the U.S. overall, we need bold leadership to push for a progressive economic agenda that works for everyone.
Here are some of the policies Arturo will advocate for in the U.S. Congress:
Raise the federal minimum wage
No one who works 40 hours a week should be making an hourly wage that makes them live in poverty. We need to move beyond minimum-wage jobs and promote sustainable development that creates living wage employment opportunities for all workers. But we must not stop there increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2020 is desperately needed in our country.
Demand that large corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes
Stop corporations from shifting their profits and jobs overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Stimulate sustainable job creation, as a central priority of our government
This is particularly urgent for millions of disadvantaged youth who are desperately in need of job opportunities. Youth unemployment levels are simply unacceptable in our communities.
Ensure we never have to bail out Wall Street again
We must continue to push to break up huge financial institutions to ensure that they are no longer too big to fail.
Reverse failed trade policies
Our current trade policies have been used to drive down wages and have caused the loss of millions of jobs. Arturo will be a leader in the opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Vigorously protect the rights of workers
Arturo will vigorously protect the rights of workers to organize by fighting for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. For the past 40-plus years, the mega-wealthy and corporations have openly attacked unions and their members. This must be stopped to ensure the rights of workers to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits.