The game is rigged. Wall street profits and stock prices soar while the our workers are underpaid, overworked and downright abused. It is not moral or sustainable to have a system where some have billions while the majority of us struggle to get our basic needs met. The top 1% takes home 23% of all income in Massachusetts. We need to fundamentally change the structure of our economy and affirm that its function is for workers to thrive.
Together we will:
- Increase the minimum wage to $24, where it would be if it kept up with productivity
- Reclassify most independent contractors as employees and protect collective bargaining and the right to strike via a state level PRO Act
- Protect the right to strike and collective bargaining
- End predatory lending
- Establish state-wide public banking
- Pass Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
- Pass mandatory overtime pay
- End government contracts with corporations that outsource jobs
- Get rid of regressive sales taxes (alcohol, cigarettes, etc)
- Create a progressive tax system which taxes lowest income earners at 3% and 10% for those at the top
- Raise the capital gains tax to 10% for property held for over a year and re-examine all passive income tax laws to ensure equity
- Improve DTA efficiencies with additional staffing and correct erroneous SNAP and other food program denials and expand publicity about these programs to increase access to them. Expand the Healthy Incentives Program to incentivize more healthy, local produce consumption for SNAP recipients.