ECONOMY

Reform corporate taxes | RAISE the MINIMUM WAGE | Expand access to jobs Expand access to affordable housing

We need to undo the impact of the enormous tax cuts Congress passed and shift more of the burden to the 1% who are benefiting from economy. Nina agrees with Governor Wolf’s support of corporate tax reform to close the notorious “Delaware Loophole” that has long allowed 71% of multi-state and multinational corporations that operate in Pennsylvania to avoid paying in-state taxes. She also advocates for a “severance” tax on natural gas drilling.

Nina enthusiastically supports the fight to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage of $15 an hour. She also believes that staff need predictable work schedules. It is primarily low wage workers, mostly women of color, who bear the brunt of unpredictable scheduling practices that deny them stability in their schedules and paychecks. We did it in Philadelphia; Nina is prepared to bring this fight statewide.

Nina has seen how this can work. Philadelphia has a growing biotech industry, and while these high-tech jobs might seem out of reach for many without advanced degrees, Nina knows that if we create pipelines to work for people with a high school diploma. She did it in her labs, and she’s ready to prove it’s possible on a bigger scale. We need to invest in the jobs that are both sustainable in the long-term and family sustaining.

And while a select few areas of Pennsylvania are thriving, too many are not. This has resulted in the concentration of wealth in a few places, which has rapidly increased the cost of living there. The result is that low-to-middle income people are being pushed away from the transit systems necessary to maintain their jobs and out of neighborhoods where they had always lived. To combat this, Nina would fight to reverse the decades of cuts we have seen to housing budgets and work with state and local leaders to mandate affordable housing in any larger developments. She will also work to make sure funding of the transit systems and alternative transportation systems is increased.