Education is the catalyst for economic mobility; it puts the rungs on the ladders of opportunity. We need great teachers in every classroom so that our children have every opportunity to succeed. And we must respect the voices of these professionals when making decisions about what’s best for their students.
Too many Americans feel that Washington is hopelessly out of touch with their priorities. President Trump promised to fight for the forgotten American, yet Republican-controlled Washington continues business as usual, rewarding the wealthy, privileged and well-connected at the expense of middle class and working families.
For far too many American families the gap between incomes and the cost of housing in the private market is just too large, in fact in no area of the county can a full-time minimum-wage worker afford a modest two-bedroom rental home at market rates.
America. It is synonymous with leadership, strength, and entrepreneurship. America was not given those qualities – we earned them. We invested in ourselves, in the education of all our children, in new roads and bridges, and in life-saving and transformational science and technology.
Americans depend on our nation’s roads, bridges and schools every day. Our infrastructure was once the envy of the world, but we have allowed it to fall apart and we have fallen behind.
Over recent decades, as union density has sharply declined, we have seen the largest increase in income inequality since the Great Depression. Today, working families are finding it increasingly hard to obtain basic economic security.
Across the country, too many families do not have access to high-quality early learning and care that will help their children thrive without breaking the bank. The cost of child care has increased by 25 percent in the past decade, forcing parents to choose between going to work and paying for child care.
Over the past thirty years, growing corporate influence and consolidation has led to reductions in competition, choice for consumers, and bargaining power for workers. The extensive concentration of power in the hands of a few corporations hurts wages, undermines job growth, and threatens to squeeze out small businesses, suppliers, and new, innovative competitors.
Prescription drug prices are rising at an unprecedented and unsustainable rate.
If we are going to make sure every American can provide a better life for themselves and their families, then we’ve got to focus on the most important issue: good-paying jobs.