Central New York Economy
The majority of Central New Yorkers are living paycheck to paycheck. We are falling behind in education. Our workers are less prepared for the jobs of the 21st Century. Our own city of Syracuse now confronts some of the highest concentration of poverty in the country, and our rural areas are facing similar challenges. And the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates all these immense challenges the middle and working class confront.
These economic struggles Central New York is facing are not because of business regulation stalling economic development and growth, but rather an unfair economic approach and tax scheme designed by President Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Republicans in Congress to give millionaires a tax break they don’t need, at the expense of our working and middle-class families here in Central New York.
Investing in Rural Central New York
A significant portion of New York’s 24th District is rural and the prosperity of our rural communities is key to the prosperity of our entire region.
It starts with looking towards tax reform that prioritizes tax breaks that boost our middle class families and ensure they aren’t crippled by college loans and vocational school debt – because everyone should be given the tools and opportunities to achieve the American dream. That’s why I believe we should begin building for the future through greater investment in education, job training, infrastructure, and clean energy to move Central New York towards a 21st century economy. This means:
- Replace the Trump Tax scheme with tax reform that invests in the middle class and levels the playing field for small businesses, while ensuring the wealthy and biggest companies pay their fair share
- Fight for a $15 minimum wage because everyone deserves to earn a living wage
- Invest in long term infrastructure projects that modernize our American infrastructure, creating an infrastructure bank for financing future projects, and creating incentives for regional public/private partnerships for infrastructure projects in our community and innovation that propels our infrastructure into the 21st century
- Prepare our Central New York workforce for the future of work by giving every American access to the tools to succeed in the 21st century economy, removing obstacles for Americans to access middle-skill jobs and close the opportunity gap, creating a culture of lifelong learning, and making it easier for Americans to invest in their future
- Make upskilling and going back to school easier by incentivizing employers to invest in worker upskilling, providing more financial aid, making higher education more effective and accountable, and accelerate the deployment of nationally recognized credentialing standards
- Tackle the housing shortage and rising mortgages that put a squeeze on working and middle class families
- Prioritize the needs of working people, not bailouts for the wealthy and corporations, while ensuring Central New York is receiving its fair share of stimulus and relief packages to counter the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
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