“We need an economy that works for all New Jerseyans, not just the special interests. I flat out reject the ‘us versus them’ approach to our economy – it is time we get back to thinking about ‘we.'”
Under Governor Christie, while the rest of the nation moved forward, New Jersey fell to the bottom of every economic indicator. Both in terms of growth and inequality, NJ ranks last or near last. Our leaders have been looking out for themselves and for special interests, not New Jersey families, and that’s created an economy that is falling behind and profoundly unfair.
This is the most crucial issue we face as a state – we must grow the economy in a way that makes it fairer. Phil will reject the myth that boosting our working class and giving them a pathway to the middle class through higher wages and stronger workplace protections kills jobs. These efforts to empower workers in our state will boost productivity and grow the economy — not the other way around.
- Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, so that those who want to work can support their family and ensure that no one who works full time in 2017 lives in poverty.
- Guarantee earned sick leave statewide, because no one should have to choose between a job and caring for a loved one.
- Ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Expand the EITC to 40 percent of federal level, so that working families can lift themselves out of poverty.
- Create a new child care and caregiver tax credit to alleviate the high cost of caring for a family in NJ.
And finally make millionaires and corporations pay their fair share of taxes, so we can make the investments we need in our schools.