THE ECONOMY 

In 2001, Pennsylvania's gross state product was $408.4 billion which was the sixth largest in the United States. The economy was heavily based on general services ($98 billion) and financial services ($79 billion) as well as government ($41 billion) and trade at ($62 billion). National GDP has been on the rise since the 2008 recession, as well. Our committee supports policy that protects consumers and workers, but assists our economic growth in the process. We support:

● We support Minimum Wage Reform in our Commonwealth. Recent polls by Franklin and Marshall College have suggested that 70 % of Pennsylvanians support increasing the minimum wage. No adult who works full time should earn wages less than an amount that provides for their basic living needs. We support all legislation that aims to raise the minimum wage. We are in favor of H.R 582- Raise the Wage Act, Introduced in the US House; HB 405- Minimum Wage Reform, introduced in the PA; Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal that will raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and eventually $15 per hour by 2025.

● We want to rebuild our infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. Our committee supports PA SB 167 which proposes a budget and clear plans for infrastructure projects. We are in favor of H. R. 658 in the US House would fund infrastructure projects as well as establish a National Infrastructure Development Bank. We support strengthening and renewing Pennsylvanian infrastructure as well as the national infrastructure. Such renewal would create jobs.

●  Our committee believes affordable housing is essential to a strong economy. Every American deserves clean, safe, warm, and accessible shelter. Housing discrimination based on any demographic should not be tolerated. When the individuals of America are given the fundamental tools and utilities to prosper, the entire country prospers. Thus, we support the following bills: S. 1703- Affordable Housing Credit Approval Act of 2019, introduced in Federal Senate; H.R. 1737- American Housing and Economic  Mobility Act of 2019, introduced in Federal House; PA Senate Bill 769-  Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Act Amendment, Introduced in State Senate.

● The DCDC is devoted to ensuring corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street pay their fair share of taxes.

● We want to promote Policies that Support Trade and Jobs, not barriers to trade.

● We support the protection of workers right to unionize in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Historically, unions have supported the poorest elements of American society including factory workers or women of color in the home-care industry. We support legislation that protects the working conditions of Americans against the interests of large corporations. We reject the argument of private interest groups and large corporations that unions send American jobs overseas and suggest that unions provide workers with a stronger voice and a fair share of the economic growth that they help to make.

● We want to increase Access to Quality, Good Paying Jobs. Employment has been rising faster in jobs requiring higher levels of preparation, requiring more education, training and experience. People without certain skills or the ability to attend college are left behind. Those that do are unprepared for a world with a limited job supply. We support any and all programs to spur quality job creation.

● We believe in using best practices to reduce urban and rural poverty. Funding education and educational programs is one of the best ways to reduce poverty. Also, creating more jobs in places that unemployed people typically live, as well as places where jobs are typically lost (e.g. coal mining areas) can help reduce poverty. Investing in programs, supporting tax bills that generate revenue that is put back into programs for poverty, and encouraging private and government spending in impoverished areas also help combat poverty. We believe the economy of rural PA could be stimulated through Rural Enterprise Zones - programs that use tax incentives and other forms of assistance to encourage business development - because they have been utilized to massive success in other states.

● We believe investing in programs, supporting tax bills that generate revenue that is put back into programs for poverty, and encouraging private and government spending in impoverished areas also help combat poverty. In 2001, Pennsylvania's gross state product was $408.4 billion which was the sixth largest in the United States. The economy was heavily based on general services ($98 billion) and financial services ($79 billion) as well as government ($41 billion) and trade at ($62 billion). National GDP has been on the rise since the 2008 recession, as well. Our committee supports policy that protects consumers and workers, but assists our economic growth in the process. We support:

● We support Minimum Wage Reform in our Commonwealth. Recent polls by Franklin and Marshall College have suggested that 70 % of Pennsylvanians support increasing the minimum wage. No adult who works full time should earn wages less than an amount that provides for their basic living needs. We support all legislation that aims to raise the minimum wage. We are in favor of H.R 582- Raise the Wage Act, Introduced in the US House; HB 405- Minimum Wage Reform, introduced in the PA; Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal that will raise the minimum wage to $12 per hour and eventually $15 per hour by 2025.

● We want to rebuild our infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. Our committee supports PA SB 167 which proposes a budget and clear plans for infrastructure projects. We are in favor of H. R. 658 in the US House would fund infrastructure projects as well as establish a National Infrastructure Development Bank. We support strengthening and renewing Pennsylvanian infrastructure as well as the national infrastructure. Such renewal would create jobs.

●  Our committee believes affordable housing is essential to a strong economy. Every American deserves clean, safe, warm, and accessible shelter. Housing discrimination based on any demographic should not be tolerated. When the individuals of America are given the fundamental tools and utilities to prosper, the entire country prospers. Thus, we support the following bills: S. 1703- Affordable Housing Credit Approval Act of 2019, introduced in Federal Senate; H.R. 1737- American Housing and Economic  Mobility Act of 2019, introduced in Federal House; PA Senate Bill 769-  Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Act Amendment, Introduced in State Senate.

● The DCDC is devoted to ensuring corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street pay their fair share of taxes.

● We want to promote Policies that Support Trade and Jobs, not barriers to trade.

● We support the protection of workers right to unionize in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Historically, unions have supported the poorest elements of American society including factory workers or women of color in the home-care industry. We support legislation that protects the working conditions of Americans against the interests of large corporations. We reject the argument of private interest groups and large corporations that unions send American jobs overseas and suggest that unions provide workers with a stronger voice and a fair share of the economic growth that they help to make.

We want to increase Access to Quality, Good Paying Jobs. Employment has been rising faster in jobs requiring higher levels of preparation, requiring more education, training and experience. People without certain skills or the ability to attend college are left behind. Those that do are unprepared for a world with a limited job supply. We support any and all programs to spur quality job creation.

● We believe in using best practices to reduce urban and rural poverty. Funding education and educational programs is one of the best ways to reduce poverty. Also, creating more jobs in places that unemployed people typically live, as well as places where jobs are typically lost (e.g. coal mining areas) can help reduce poverty. Investing in programs, supporting tax bills that generate revenue that is put back into programs for poverty, and encouraging private and government spending in impoverished areas also help combat poverty. We believe the economy of rural PA could be stimulated through Rural Enterprise Zones - programs that use tax incentives and other forms of assistance to encourage business development - because they have been utilized to massive success in other states.

● We believe investing in programs, supporting tax bills that generate revenue that is put back into programs for poverty, and encouraging private and government spending in impoverished areas also help combat poverty. 

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