We are in an economic system where workers working for hours are compensated with a small amount, and hallmarks of a middle class life—owning a home, having access to affordable and quality childcare, retiring with dignity—feel out of reach. It is no wonder so many Minnesotans feel like the deck is stacked against them. I believe that supporting workers through higher wages, workplace protections, policies to balance work and family, and other investments will help rebuild the middle class for the 21st century. I have the following plans to realize an economy that works for everyone.
- Increasing wages: I believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage. No one who works full time should have to raise a family in poverty. I believe that Minnesotans should earn at least $15 an hour and have the right to form or join a union and will work in every way I can—in St. Paul and with the private sector—to reach this goal.
- Worker’s rights protection: I believe so-called “right to work” laws are wrong for workers—such as teachers and other public employees who serve our communities every day—and wrong for Minnesota. I will vigorously oppose those laws and other efforts that would eliminate dues check-off procedures, roll-back prevailing wage standards, abolish fair share requirements, restrict the use of voluntary membership payments for political purposes, attack seniority, restrict due process protections, and require annual recertification efforts. I oppose legislation and lawsuits that would strike down laws protecting the rights of teachers and other public employees.
- Affordable housing: Combating homelessness and skyrocketing rents are my priorities. There are thousands of residents who are forced to live on the margins of their communities because of lack of affordable housing. I will preserve and increase the supply of affordable rental housing by expanding incentives to ease local barriers to building new affordable rental housing developments in areas of economic opportunity. I also believe that we should provide more resources to the people struggling most with unaffordable housing: low-income families, people with disabilities, veterans, and the elderly. And I will fight for robust funding to end homelessness in our cities and counties once and for all, through targeted investments to provide the necessary outreach, social services, and housing options for all populations experiencing homelessness.
- Job creation: Creating an economy that focuses the middle class and improves its income is an ideal one. I am committed to doing everything we can to build a full-employment economy, where everyone has a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose. I believe we must create opportunities for Minnesotans in order to make them competitive and to help them manufacture in clean energy economy. We must work hard to make our products competitive in the global market and I will do whatever I can to make it possible.