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Putting the American Dream within Reach

In our country, every person deserves the opportunity to work hard and get ahead. But today, more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top while too many working families’ incomes have stayed flat or even declined. We need representatives in Washington who will fight for the middle class and the people working hard to reach the middle class, not just those at the very top. 

My dad started a wholesale meat business from nothing, giving my family the chance to reach the middle class and live out the American Dream. I want to make that dream a reality for more families in Michigan’s 11th District."

Good jobs 
Nothing matters more to the future of this district than creating good-paying jobs and making sure workers are prepared to take on the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Working across sectors, with employers, education and training institutions, I will support job growth in emerging industries, while ensuring the industries that make up our core economic base stay strong. I will fight for working families by expanding opportunities and creating an economic environment that allows for not just job growth—but good job growth – in expanding industries like advanced manufacturing, information technology, green jobs and health care. If done responsibly, it’s a win-win-win for our workers, our businesses, and our communities.

Taxes and common-sense regulation 
Our tax system is full of special-interest loopholes for large corporations and the extremely wealthy. I will support a wholesale, bipartisan review of our tax system that simplifies the tax code, cuts taxes for hardworking families and ensures every American and every corporation pays their fair share. This includes protecting the earned income tax credit to reduce the burden on hard-working families.   

I will also guard against the sort of risky business and lending practices that led to our last financial collapse, and I will support common-sense rules that protect consumers.

Raising the Minimum Wage 
Hard work should pay off. But today’s federal minimum wage doesn’t guarantee a full-time worker can make ends meet for their family. That’s unacceptable. I support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour so people across the country can support their families with a living wage.

Housing Affordability 
No one who works a full-time job should have to struggle to put a roof over their head, or stress about how to pay the next electricity bill. But this reality has become all too common.

In Michigan, a worker needs to make $16.24 an hour – working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year— to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market value. If a worker earns less than that, he or she is spending more than 30 percent of their monthly income on rent - surpassing the standard threshold of housing affordability. 

The reality is that the gap between wages and rental housing costs are growing. I will be a vocal advocate for fair, anti-discriminatory housing policies that keep rental prices in line with the demands and situations of residents, and ensure fair market value is in fact fair.