COMMUNITY SAFETY SOLUTION
- Invest in a new system of public safety where the focus is shifted towards community-based infrastructure that focuses on preventing crimes as opposed to reacting to crime through our current system. Five percent of crime within the United States is violent crime and our response with armed response teams should reflect that need.
- Over a 5-year period, establish an initiative that calls for our new public safety to create a specific armed task force to respond to violent crime that matches the level of frequency that they interact with these cases. (i.e. 5 percent crime equals a 10 percent budget for violent crime )
In 2019, police nationwide cleared 45.5 percent of violent crimes that were reported to them and 17.2 percent of the property crimes that came to their attention.
REIMAGINED COMMUNITY SAFETY
- Reallocate the remaining public safety budget towards investing in resources that prevent crime such as family counseling, restorative justice programs, community-led crisis response programs, gang prevention/intervention/recovery without armed responses, and domestic violence prevention/intervention/recovery.
UNIVERSAL AID AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT
- Invest in community-led funding for long-term housing, renter support and emergency housing, food assistance, support for those seeking work, support for small businesses, providing public health care, offering youth development programs and supporting youth centers, fighting the impacts of climate change and ensuring our city’s environment is protected. This area also includes emergency preparedness for natural disasters like earthquakes and fire as well as the public health disasters. Focus on improving our city’s physical infrastructure like public transportation, libraries, parks, public works and the fire department
Blue Apartheid Reconciliation Initative
- Create an apartheid reconciliation initiative for communal healing nationwide with law enforcement as we shift to a new system of public safety. Reparations will be paid to victims and their families from information found within the investigation.
- Allow officers the opportunity who would still like to serve the public and do not have any misconduct on their records to be eligible to be employed into our new system of public safety. Officers who opt out of our new public safety system will receive a one-time severance check of their yearly salary that will assist them towards transitioning to their next career.
Rehabilitative Transformational Sites
- Replace prisons with rehabilitative sites for healing, staffed with therapists instead of prison guards to decrease recidivism. Rooted in circle healing and skilled labor training instead of cruel punishments. Currently 83 percent of individuals who enter prison reoffend, and our country has the highest recidivism rate in the world. We aren’t safe under our current system and it is vital to our public safety that we create a system that actually keeps us safe. Link
Remove Slavery From State Constitution
- Remove slavery from our constitution and end mass incarceration. We will end private prisons.
Reverse The War on Drugs
- Communities most affected by the War on Drugs should receive preferential treatment in the emerging cannabis industry. Taxes from those businesses will be directed towards rebuilding communities destroyed by racist legislation.
- Work with individuals from gangs to transition into operating and scaling legitimate business within these spaces.
- Cities across the country spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year settling police misconduct lawsuits.
- False arrests, civil rights violations, and excessive force are just some of the claims made by civilians, costing taxpayers over $300 million in fiscal year 2019.
- Police officers, departments, and pension plans should cover the billions paid out for police brutality.
- Candidates become public safety officers after completing a three-year Bachelor’s degree in Police Studies similar to the process in Norway.
Pension funds of police departments, paid into by police officers, should be paying out these enormous settlements — not everyday people who had nothing to do with the brutality.
End Qualified Immunity
- Qualified immunity shields police officers and other government officials from being held personally liable for discretionary actions performed within their official capacity, even if those actions violate the civil rights of those affected.
- I support the Ending Qualified Immunity Act to eliminate qualified immunity and restore Americans’ ability to obtain relief when police officers violate their constitutionally secured rights.HUMAN TRAFFICKING SOLUTIONS
- Invest in curriculum, educator training, and the coordination of community resources to inform students, teachers, and community members about the manipulative, coercive techniques of traffickers through early intervention and prevention. Eliminate the financial incentive of human trafficking by introducing legislation to refuse participating in business with corporations who exploit child labor. Link
- Community Land Trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations designed to ensure community stewardship of land. Community land trusts can be used for many types of development (including commercial and retail), but are primarily used to ensure long-term housing affordability. To do so, the trust acquires land and maintains ownership of it permanently. With prospective homeowners, it enters into a long-term, renewable lease instead of a traditional sale. When the homeowner sells, the family earns only a portion of the increased property value. The remainder is kept by the trust, preserving the affordability for future low- to moderate-income families. By separating the ownership of land and housing, this innovative approach prevents market factors from causing prices to rise significantly, and hence guarantees that housing will remain affordable for future generations.
- Ending the affordable housing crisis requires a major investment in developing homes affordable to the lowest-income people. The underlying cause of the affordable housing crisis is the severe lack of affordable rental homes for America’s lowest-income households—the only segment of the population for which there is an absolute shortage of affordable and available homes. Restrictive local zoning is a significant barrier to addressing the nation’s affordable housing needs. The federal government must incentivize and require local governments to eliminate restrictive zoning policies by tying changes to local zoning to federal transportation, infrastructure, or housing dollars. We must encourage walkable mixed-use development.
- We will also do more to preserve our nation’s existing affordable housing infrastructure. While public housing is home to more than 2.6 million low-income people, Congress has put these homes at risk of decay and disrepair through chronic underfunding. Between 2000 and 2016, funding for public housing repairs was cut in half. As a result, many public housing agencies are unable to make needed repairs to preserve these homes, and our country loses 10,000 to 15,000 public housing apartments annually.
- We will collaborate with other members of government to remove regulatory barriers at the local, state, and federal level to allow more homes and apartments to be built and reduce the time and cost of building.
Provide rental assistance
- Since 1960, renters’ incomes have increased by 5 percent, while their housing costs have increased by 61 percent. Despite the growing gap between wages and housing costs, only one in four families gets the housing assistance they need due to chronic underfunding. We must call for a major expansion of Housing Choice Vouchers and/or the creation of a targeted renters’ tax credit to help families keep more of their incomes for other essentials like food, medicine, education, and transportation.
Prevent families from facing evictions and homelessness
- The country needs a National Housing Stabilization Fund, a new national program to help prevent evictions and, in worst cases, homelessness. The program could provide temporary financial assistance to help cover rent for households experiencing unexpected economic shocks (e.g., loss of work hours, unreimbursed medical bills, a car in need of repair). Coupled with stability services, such as counselors and legal aid, this program would extend an emergency cushion to low-income people in crisis, helping them avoid the downward spiral of housing instability and homelessness.
Protect renters from discrimination and abuse
- Endorse federal legislation to ban housing discrimination on the basis of income, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and pledge to increase enforcement of existing fair housing laws, including state and local obligations to affirmatively further fair housing. Support a national right to counsel for renters facing eviction.
Covid-19 Recovery Workers & Small business
Worker Ownership Investment
- Worker cooperatives are values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose. In contrast to traditional companies, worker members at worker cooperatives participate in the profits, oversight, and often management of the enterprise using democratic practices. The model has proven to be an effective tool for creating and maintaining sustainable, dignified jobs; generating wealth; improving the quality of life of workers; and promoting community and local economic development, particularly for people who lack access to business ownership or sustainable work options. We will establish grant programs to support states in establishing or expanding employee ownership centers.
Federal Jobs Guarantee
- Ensure the delivery of high-quality, professional care to children, seniors, and others in need of long-term support in family based, informal, and formal settings.
- Augment the staffing of public education and early childhood learning, including Head Start and preschools.
- Strengthen public after school programs, libraries, and recreational programs to provide lifelong learning and enrichment for people of all ages.
- Implement community infrastructure and improvement projects that revitalize neighborhoods and increase accessibility.
- Expand emergency preparedness and relief and recovery from natural and community disasters, including public health, natural disasters, and environmental emergencies.
- Produce works of public art and documentation of American history akin to the WPA's Federal Arts Project.
- Implement environmental conservation, remediation, and sustainability initiatives and increase the energy efficiency of buildings and our housing stock to address climate change.
- Rehabilitate and retrofit our existing affordable housing stock to ensure safe, affordable, accessible, quality homes, and support the development of new affordable housing and social housing to address the nation's housing crisis.
Tech Automation Solutions For Economy
- As automation continues to accelerate and jobs are at risk of being lost, aggressively invest in a multi-pronged approach to ease the transition via guaranteed income, job training, andeducation. Link
PRO Act Support
- The PRO Act would protect and empower workers to exercise their freedom to organize a bargain.
Guaranteed Income Pilot
- Launching guaranteed income pilots programs to help build the case that a guaranteed income for all can directly assist in cutting down poverty ,wealth inequalities, and shift away from a “fear-based economy.” Link
Secure Livable Wage
- Minimum wage should be at least $24.This can be instituted on a tier-by-tier basis that reflects the annual sales that a company earns until all businesses are paying their employees a living wage. In 2020, only 27 percent of businesses estimated their sales for the year would be over $200,000, whereas 32 percent reported sales over $200,000 in 2018.
Fair Banking for All
- Cap consumer loan and credit card interest rates at 15 percent across all financial institutions and allow states to cap even lower.
- Allow every post office to offer basic and affordable banking services and end lending discrimination.
Legalize Sports Wagers
HealthCare for all
- Create a Healthcare for All, single-payer, national health program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.
- Demand no networks, no premiums, no deductibles, no copays, no surprise bills.
- Healthcare should include: dental, hearing, vision, home- and community-based long-term care, in-patient and out-patient services, mental health and substance abuse treatment, reproductive and maternity care, prescription drugs, and more.
- Cut prescription drug prices in half, with the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, by pegging prices to the median drug price in five major countries: Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.
Environmental Justice and Healthy Food For All
- Tackle environmental racism by building more accessible healthy food and grocery store locations for families.
- Invest in more community programs that offer services like yoga to assist with mental health.
- Invest in community gardens where the public can benefit from access to fresh produce and the empowerment to grow their own locally-sourced foods.
Universal Family Care
- Design a universal family care plan and establish state-based social insurance programs for early child care and education
- Establish paid family and medical leave and provide long-term services and support
Well-functioning legal immigration system
- Build a generous and well-functioning legal immigration system that can be responsive to the nation’s changing needs. This would include realistic and independent evidence-based avenues for immigration that allow families to stay together and businesses to get the workers they need, while enhancing all workers’ rights to fair and increasing wages, safe working conditions, and the opportunity to thrive together.
- Invest in creating more accessible resources for these families to build upward mobility within society for parents and children by creating more work visas for people to work in areas of the U.S. labor market across every work sector which would assist areas where there currently are shortages, for example, in the education, agriculture, or elder-care sectors.
- Introduce legislation that will cut the pathway to citizenship time in half if individuals participate in OPTIONAL language, financial literacy, and vocational courses that sets individuals up for success . This will improve the quality of life for individuals seeking citizenship within the United States and destigmatize the negative stereotypes about immigration.
- Funding for these educational programs will be created by dissolving ICE .
Teacher Pay Increase
- Teacher starting salary to begin at 75K. Spend $315 billion to increase teacher salaries over the next 10 years. Through a combination of direct federal spending and matching funds from states, the goal is to give the average US teacher a $13,500 pay increase paid for by raising taxes on wealthy estates.
- The federal government would provide 10 percent of the funding for the pay raises directly to states. States would be required to use the federal dollars on teachers’ compensation, rather than to replace their existing K-12 funding. In the second, third, and fourth years of the plan, states would be required to chip in, but they would still receive a generous federal match: for every dollar that a state spends to increase teacher salaries, the federal government would match three. We will also create a grant program to provide teachers with funds explicitly meant for classroom materials.
Eliminate Processed Foods and Unhealthy Ingredients From School Lunches
- Invest in a school lunch initiative with two primary goals: to serve nutritious,delicious freshly-prepared meals using locally-grown food to all of our students and to educate children in kitchen, garden, and academic classrooms about their food choices and the impact those choices have on their health, the community, and the environment.
- Eliminate processed food, including all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils: high-fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, refined flour, chemicals, dyes, additives, and nitrates.
Source Health-Focused and Sustainable Foods
- Source foods from local farms and companies that provide nutritious, minimally-processed ingredients and follow fair-labor practices and pay employees a living wage.
- Source higher quality, more nutritious, more locally-sourced food and prepare more meals onsite can create healthy meals students enjoy and support local farmers and small businesses
Farm to School Programs
- Farm to school programs can help grow school gardens and incorporate local foods into school meals. They also promote other activities to support improved school lunches and encourage students to enjoy healthy foods. Provide funding for schools to invest in and develop school gardens.
This will result in:
- Reduced consumption of high-fat and high-calorie foods
- Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Better attention spans
- Fewer classroom discipline problems
- Fewer visits to the school nurse
- Less hunger throughout the day
Empower School Food Service Teams
- Invest in programs like Brigaid where chefs meet food service teams and empower them with extensive in-person training and guidance that assists in making demonstrable changes. This will translate to improving operational efficiency, executing existing offerings with greater consistency and quality, serving fresher food, and preparing fully scratch-cooked menus.
We must make it as simple as possible for school districts to trade processed meals for ones made from scratch.
Support Better Assessments in School
- Federal requirements for testing should focus more clearly on supporting authentic measures of relevant knowledge and skills as they are used in the real world. Testing should support local use for informing teaching and learning and assess learning across a broader continuum of performance. As is true in many countries, these measures should examine skills such as critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and inquiry through student performance on real-world tasks that require research, experimentation, analysis, use of evidence, and construction of solutions. Federal policies should support educators in learning how to design, implement, and use high-quality assessments to inform and personalize instruction. Policies should encourage the use of assessments for ongoing improvement—not punishment—and for expanding—not limiting—educational opportunities for students. Eliminate standardized testing.
Real World Education
- Expand elementary/high school curriculum to center real life skills such as understanding taxes, financial literacy, technology and coding, entrepreneurship, multicultural psychology, social emotional learning, trade skills, and sign language. Reinvest more resources towards home-economics and teaching students trade skills.
Mental Health Days for Students
- Allow students five excusable mental health days within a three-month period to combat high rates of youth suicide and depression. Link
Expand and equitably allocate federal education funding across states
- The federal government invests less than 2 percent of its budget across all levels of education and has not maintained its commitments to local schools.
Solving Social Dilemma w/ Big tech & Social Media
- Social media has eroded the mental health of our youth and divided the country into opposing tribes. The attention extraction model is not how we want to treat human beings. The solution is to change the incentives around negative interactions on social media. Link
Cancel Student Debt
- Guarantee tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities, HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions and trade-schools to all.
- Cancel all student loan debt for the 45 million Americans who owe $1.6 trillion and place a cap on student loan interest rates going forward at 1.88 percent.
NCAA Athletes’ Rights
- Demand the NCAA allow athletes to secure representation and receive pay for use of their names, image and likeness. College sports is a $15 billion industry with millionaire coaches and lucrative apparel deals that require college athletes to advertise for commercial interests.
- Rules prohibiting college athlete compensation for use of name, image, and likeness rights, or athletics reputation do not bring forth competitive equity and cannot justify denying college athletes equal rights and economic freedom.
- College athletes’ representation should be independent from athletics associations, athletic conferences, and colleges to avoid a conflict of interest. Link
Strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Ensure that the federal government provides at least 50 percent of the funding for special education and give special education teachers the support they need.
- Increase educational opportunities for persons with disabilities, including an expansion in career and technical education opportunities to prepare students for good-paying community employment.
- Address the shortage in special education teacher recruitment, training opportunities, workload and pay for special education teachers.
- Promote and invest in solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Link
High-Speed Internet for All
- Provide $150 billion through the Green New Deal in infrastructure grants and technical assistance for municipalities and/or states to build publicly-owned and democratically-controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks.
- Require that all internet service providers offer a Basic Internet Plan that provides quality broadband speeds at an affordable price.
- Break up internet service providers and cable monopolies, bar service providers from providing content, and unwind anticompetitive mergers.
- Ensure broadband infrastructure is resilient to the effects of climate change.
a green new deal
Unemployment numbers and global temperatures are at record highs. Now is the right time to create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy.
Ensure a Just Transition for Impacted Communities
- Workers in fossil fuels and other polluting industries have given their lives and bodies to power this country. We owe it to them to make their families and communities whole as the economy transitions away from fossil fuels through direct provision of five years of wage and benefit guarantees, other benefits, and targeted industrial policy to establish diversified and healthy economies in former extractive regions and deindustrializing communities. The energy transition is happening one way or another; the government has a responsibility to manage this transition for the benefit of all, with impacted workers and community members as equal partners in the process.
Set binding timelines to beat the climate clock
- Ensure we are well on our way towards a 100 percent clean, renewable energy economy by the end of the decade. Establish 100 percent clean, renewable electricity by no later than 2035; 100 percent zero-emission vehicles by no later than 2030; and 100 percent clean buildings by 2025. Set aggressive standards across industry and agriculturel.
Guarantee a good job to every person who wants one
- Meaningful, family-sustaining work is a human right. Now is the time to enshrine this right in law through a jobs guarantee, which was championed by the labor movement of the 1930s and the Black freedom movement of the 1960s. As part of a jobs guarantee, create a Civilian Climate Corps to employ hundreds of thousands of people to do the urgent work of repairing and strengthening our communities in the face of climate change.
Get to work decarbonizing America
- Create at minimum 10 million green jobs. Retrofit and upgrade all commercial and residential buildings to 100 percent sustainability, focusing on public schools, colleges, and universities. Expand and retrofit public housing and upgrade low-income homes. Expand regenerative agriculture and level the playing field for family farmers through supply management and enforcing antitrust laws. Build accessible and low-carbon public transit for all. Expand wind and solar energy, including rooftop solar. Modernize and democratize our energy grid.
Get to work caring for each other and the planet
- Not all green jobs require a hard hat. Create low-carbon, green jobs in education, the arts, public recreation, childcare, elder care, healthcare, and responding to heat waves and disasters. Fix, replace, and expand water infrastructure to guarantee clean water for all, and care for the planet by restoring natural ecosystems and remediating toxic sites.
Respect and protect the sovereignty of Indigenous nations
- Indigenous nations are independent of the United States and are the sovereign protectors of their territories, but they have been repeatedly harmed through genocide, broken treaties, forced assimilation, and the theft of sacred land for extractive projects. The Biden administration should sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and ensure free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples for all decisions that affect them and their traditional territories. Indigenous peoples are, and should be seen as, leaders in the project of healing our land and culture.
Unemployment numbers and global temperatures are at record highs. Now is the right time to create millions of jobs transitioning to renewable and clean energy.
A Green New Deal that creates millions of high-wage jobs, and forestalls another major economic, public health and safety crisis is what we need.
Ending Privatized Water
- Water is one of the most basic human needs. If water rights are handed over to entities whose declared purpose is to maximize profits rather than to serve the public good, hundreds of millions—perhaps billions. Privatization leads to rate increases and undermines water quality Companies are accountable to shareholders, not consumers. Privatization fosters corruption, and can leave poor communities without access to clean water.
The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021
- Addresses the plastic pollution crisis and protect our communities and wildlife to create a healthier, more equitable future for us all by:
- Shifting responsibility for waste management and recycling to manufacturers and producers
- Setting up a national beverage container refund program
- Establishing minimum recycled content standards
- Phasing out certain single-use plastic products that aren’t recyclable
- Prohibit plastic waste from being exported to developing countries
- Placing a moratorium on new and expanding plastic facilities until the Environmental Protection Agency updates and creates vital environmental and health regulations on those facilities
- Rather than being paid to pollute our waters, the polluters should pay for their plastic waste to be recycled. Currently that cost is covered by the taxpayer, but instead the cost of recycling should be part of the cost of the plastic itself, with the additional money being transferred to local governments to pay for recycling. The government should reward retailers who develop new sustainable ideas and raise charges on packaging that is difficult to recycle. This would reduce the demand for deadly plastics among producers and retailers.
End corporate interference in climate talks
- Advance a conflict of interest policy that protects Paris Agreement implementation and global climate policy from obstruction by big polluters, and mandate governments take action at the national level.
- Prohibit industries that profit from fossil fuels and the climate crisis from influencing international and national climate policy forums.
- Reject every attempt by corporations and their proxies to insert themselves into the negotiations.
- Advance a call to hold corporations accountable for the impacts of decades of misinformation and political interference in climate policy.
a peace economy
- We must end the "forever war" by bringing our troops home and ending the air strikes that perpetuate the cycle of terrorism throughout the world. America should not be in the business of destabilizing countries. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on war than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
- The Defense Department’s budget of $649 billion—not even including the contingency fund—was larger than the combined spending of the next seven largest militaries: $609 billion (China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, UK, Germany).
- Reduce the military budget by 10 percent and use that $74 billion in savings to invest in communities ravaged by extreme poverty, mass incarceration, decades of neglect and the COVID-19 pandemic. Cities and towns in every state in the country would be able to use these funds to create jobs by building affordable housing, schools, childcare facilities, community health centers, public hospitals, libraries, sustainable energy projects, and clean drinking water facilities.
- Reallocate resources from over-priced private workforce contracting by 15 percent.These jobs can be done better and more efficiently by government workers, and would save $26 billion a year.
- It is not enough to only end U.S.-initiated wars. We must cease aiding and abetting foreign invasions that spur humanitarian crises and bolster anti-American sentiment overseas. The 1973 War Powers Resolution, intended to limit the executive branch’s ability to enter conflict, must be amended so presidents are required to obtain periodic congressional approval to provide arms and intelligence for conflicts. The United States should never enter or aid a war without Congressional approval. The multiple branches of government were designed as a checks and balances system and must be used as such.
- Women’s rights are human rights. All women deserve equal access to workplace safety, equal pay, paid parental leave, full access to healthcare, access to affordable childcare, paid time off for illness and vacation, and more. This also includes open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion, birth control, and family planning services, as well as access to adequate, affordable pre- and post-natal care, for all people, regardless of income, location, or education.
Narrow the wage gap:
- Form a local equal pay task force to track progress on equal pay in cities and states.
- Pressure city and state governments to require all contractors to publicly report the details of their gender pay gap and take remedial action.
- Push companies to end pay secrecy practices and encourage open discussion of pay among employees.
- End the practice of basing new salaries on a worker’s salary history. An IWPR study shows that the U.S. economy would have produced additional income of $512.6 billion dollars (in 2016 dollars) if the gender pay gap were eliminated.
Address Sexual Harassment and Assault on the Job
- Adopt and maintain comprehensive anti-harassment policies.
- Educate workers and managers to build awareness of unacceptable behavior as well as reporting procedures.
- Test reporting systems to make sure they are functioning as intended.
- Ensure that reporting is followed by action against perpetrators.
- These policies can help improve both the physical and mental health of female and male victims of harassment, assault, and inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Besides helping workers, these policies also help businesses by reducing personnel turnover costs and boosting productivity, business profits, and GDP growth.
Solutions to improve the quality of low-wage occupations:
- Support increasing the minimum wage and eliminating the tipped minimum wage
- Support fair scheduling practices and policies
- Push policies that invest in the caregiving infrastructure to improve worker’s pay, benefits, and career opportunities
- Provide access to affordable and quality child care, especially for parents enrolled in a training program, college, or university
- Make obtaining a college education or postsecondary certificate more affordable and encourage scholars at all levels and job training programs to work to attract non-traditional populations to their education and training tracks.
- Work to ensure that STEM programs attract and retain more women and people of color
Restore and Preserve the Social Safety Net
- Public programs—such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), among others—lessen financial hardships for U.S. families.
- Simplify applications and eligibility determinations and increase benefit levels for public programs.
- Fund informational campaigns so those who need support know about the programs and how to enroll in them.
- Support the expansion of Medicaid coverage in states that have yet to do so.
- Ensure preexisting conditions are covered by health insurance policies.
- Period poverty is when those with low income can't afford or access suitable period products.
- We must ensure that free sanitary items such as tampons and pads are available to anyone who needs them.
- Access to menstrual hygiene products is an essential component of women's rights.
- Advocate for more investment in women’s sports on every level and better access to clubs, programs, and training for youth.
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- Expand Medicaid to include home healthcare, so seniors can stay in the homes they love and age in place.
- Protect, strengthen, and expand Social Security and Medicare, as well as increase access to affordable prescription drugs.
- Ensure that wealthy individuals pay the same percentage of their income into Social Security as middle class and working families.
- End price gouging and monopoly practices by pharmaceutical companies that prevent our seniors from receiving the medicine they need.
- Honor our commitment to veterans that have served this country by eliminating the VA benefits backlog, fully funding and resourcing the VA, and reversing the disastrous privatization of services for veterans.
- Fill the nearly 50,000 vacancies at the VA.
- Provide at least $60 billion in new funding to repair, modernize and rebuild VA infrastructure.
- Expand the VA’s Caregivers Program as well as mental health services for veterans.
- Reform harmful VA regulations that restrict access to care and benefits based on character of discharge.
Close loopholes for the super-rich.
- For example, one way the managers of real estate, venture capital, private equity and hedge funds reduce their taxes is the carried interest loophole, which allows them to treat their income as capital gains rather than ordinary wage income. That means they get taxed at the lower capital gains rate rather than the higher tax rate on incomes. Closing this loophole is estimated to raise $14 billion over a decade.
End the "stepped-up cost basis" loophole.
- The heirs of the super-rich pay zero capital gains taxes on huge increases in the value of what they inherit because of a loophole called the stepped-up basis. At the time of death, the value of assets is "stepped up" to their current market value – so a stock that was originally valued at, say, one dollar when purchased but that's worth $1,000 when heirs receive it, escapes $999 of capital gains taxes. This loophole enables huge and growing concentrations of wealth to be passed from generation to generation without ever being taxed. Eliminating this loophole would raise $105 billion over a decade.
A transaction tax on trades of stock.
- The richest 1 percent owns 50 percent of the stock market. A tiny 0.1 percent tax on financial transactions – just $1 per $1,000 traded – would raise $777 billion over a decade.That's enough to provide housing vouchers to all homeless people in America more than 12 times over.
Repeal the Trump Wealth Tax Cuts
- It's no secret Trump's giant tax cut was a giant giveaway to the rich. 65 percent of its benefits go to the richest fifth, 83 percent to the richest 1 percent over a decade. In 2018, for the first time on record, the 400 richest Americans paid a lower effective tax rate than the bottom half. Repealing the Trump tax cut's benefits to the wealthy and big corporations, as Joe Biden has proposed, will raise an estimated $500 billion over a decade.
Raise the tax rate on those at the top.
- In the 1950s, the highest tax rate on the richest Americans was over 90 percent. Even after tax deductions and credits, they still paid over 40 percent. But since then, tax rates have dropped dramatically. Today, after Trump's tax cut, the richest Americans pay less than 26 percent, including deductions and credits. And this rate applies only to dollars earned in excess of $523,601. Raising the marginal tax rate by just one percent on the richest Americans would bring in an estimated $123 billion over 10 years.
- Tax 50 percent of every dollar over a billion dollars. Amassing billions of wealth at the expense of workers who cannot meet their basic needs is exploitative. To begin addressing this issue, I propose a Billionaire Tax that will begin to transfer the wealth built by working people back into their households.
- The best way to begin raising additional revenue from highest income tax payers is with a traditional tax reform approach of base broadening and loophole closing, improved compliance, and closing of shelters.
- Fund the IRS and support Rep. Ro Khanna's legislation. If passed, this bill would infuse the IRS with $70 billion between fiscal years 2022 and 2031 to help the agency hire additional staff to audit individuals making more than $1 million in total income. Khanna's office estimates the bill would generate $1.2 trillion in revenue.
Term Limits For Congress
- Establish 12-year term limits for Congress to eliminate career politicians who are more invested in enriching themselves as opposed to serving the people and then ushering in the next generation to take the reins.
Money Out Of Politics
- American politics need to get corporate money out. Citizens United should be overturned. Corporations are not people and money should not equate freedom of speech. Link
No Stocks in Congress
- Elected Congress officials should not own stocks while serving the people. Link