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Growing the Economy

“Michigan was the birthplace of the American middle class. We powered the country through depression and war through a simple idea: people who work for a living ought to earn a living and be able to send their kids off to a great future.

But the biggest corporations have rigged the game in Washington and rewritten the rules of our government and economy so that politicians work for billionaires instead of us. The people of Michigan, like millions across the nation, are being left behind by multinational corporations and free trade deals that replace American workers with automation or exploited, cheap labor abroad.

We need to level the playing field for working families. In Congress, I’ll fight to make sure Washington invests in good-paying jobs for all Michiganders and growing the economy for all working families.”

Tackling Inequality

  • We will stand up to tax bills that transfer wealth from working families straight into the pockets of Wall Street bankers and the CEOs of large multinational corporations. We will raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour, protect collective bargaining rights for our workers, make sure Wall Street’s greed and recklessness never endangers families in Michigan ever again, and make billionaires like Donald Trump finally pay their fair share.

Creating Jobs to Rebuild Our Infrastructure

  • Michigan needs safe roads, bridges, transit and other infrastructure systems that connect our state to the rest of the country and the world. That’s the only way we’ll be able to compete in the modern global economy. Rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure will also create decent-paying jobs for workers in important sectors like construction.
  • We will transform our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by rebuilding the roads and highways we drive on, renovating and modernizing our public schools, investing in high speed internet facilities, and bringing our energy systems into the 21st century.

Small Businesses

  • Growing up in a small business family in Detroit’s Eastern Market, I know how entrepreneurs and small business owners hustle to create local jobs, gain financial independence and contribute to the economy. Small businesses revitalize our commercial corridors and help our communities thrive. We need to ensure that they have the resources they need to succeed, including access to capital and cutting unnecessary red tape. There is nothing small about the impact of small businesses, and as your voice in Congress, I will advocate for policies that will make it easier to start and grow a small business in Michigan.

Helping people get good jobs

  • In Southeast Michigan, advanced industrial sectors - such as manufacturing and automaking - are rapidly evolving due to automation and other technological advancements. We need to invest in our workers today to ensure they can access the next generation of good jobs.
  • Every American who wants a job, should be able to find one whether or not they went to college. Employers are looking for skilled workers so their businesses stay competitive. If we make it easier for people to keep their job skills current by making trade school and job training free and available for anyone who wants it, then Michiganders will have a leg up in landing good jobs and companies will choose to move here. By working with employers, educational and training institutions, and the government we can educate, prepare, train and retrain our workforce with the tools and skills they need to fill these jobs and keep them in Michigan.