Tuition-Free Trade Schools, Community Colleges, State Universities, and HBCU's
Higher education should be available to and attainable by everyone despite class or income. Strengthening HBCU's in the country should be a priority to provide fair and equal opportunities to citizens of color. Education and real world training in a 21st century environment should not be out of reach to the men and woman who are the back bone of this economy. Including trade schools, community colleges, state universities and HBCU's in a federal tax plan will:
- alleviate crushing national student debts creating a higher average disposable income across the country
- increase the quality of schools by increasing instructional competition
- boost the economy by creating higher-waged workers and more small business owners
Creating Livable-Wage Jobs at Home
Congress should immediately increase incentives for federal agencies to send more government positions and facilities to economically depressed areas and those hardest hit after the recession such as metro Detroit. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour with annual increases to match the rate of inflation will help grow the shrinking middle class.
Additionally, creating greater tax incentives for manufacturers, small, and medium-sized businesses to create more jobs will benefit economically depressed regions such as the 13th district. Fighting for collective bargaining nationally is also essential securing workers rights and fair wages for work.
Closing Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy and Large Corporations
I will demand that Congress implement a progressive tax policies across the board for both individuals and corporations, including on pass-through income. Closing corporate loopholes that permit billion dollar corporations from avoiding fair taxes is essential to the growth of the economy. Corporate entities that take advantage of reduced tax rates overseas should pay a tax penalty.
Ending War and Caring for our Veterans
Diplomacy must be the starting point for every relationship with a foreign country. Economic sanctions are important to tips the scales of any nation's policies toward democracy and human rights. War is a last resort for only the most extreme of cases.
Even in that circumstance, our country should not engage in war if it is not able to care for its veterans when them return home. Having fought the Veterans Administration, I know it has failed our country with a backlog of cases where benefits are delayed or wrongfully denied.
The Congress should reverse the burden of proof when allocating veterans benefits such that injuries well-documented in a veterans service and medical records are assumed to be true until proven otherwise by the VA. The burden should not be on the veteran to prove that their injuries are legitimate and service related.
Criminal Justice Reform
I plan to immediately introduce legislation to decriminalize non-violent federal offenses such as minor marijuana possession charges. Investing in serious medical treatment programs for heroin and other opioid addictions is also a very important step to improving the disparities in criminal justice reform. For-profit prisons should not exist in this country and I will immediately work to defund them. I would also introduce legislation to prohibit the use of federal criminal records to deny citizen of voting rights and non-sensitive employment.
Fair Immigration Reform
I will introduce meaningful immigration reform that says that families who are living and working in the US should have a realistic opportunity to avoid separation and should be able to continue to contribute to our economy. Individually who have never realistically called another country home should not be deported without conviction of a crime. Real immigration reform also mean that the people from across the global who want to call the US home, should be able to do this within a reasonable amount of time.
Congress must create a reasonable pathway of migration for anyone who is willing to pay taxes and contribute to the US economy. This will require us to increase increase H2-A visas for temporary agricultural workers often increases our GDP, increase our ability to export goods, and harvest products Made in America.
Single-Payer Medicare for All
I firmly stand by implementing a single-payer Medicare for All system in the country. Healthcare is a right and the United States is the only major developed country that does not guarantee it. Not only do I support a Medicare for All system which negotiated the price of prescription drugs internationally, I also support a campaign to get the remainder of Congressional Democratics on board with this human right.
Strengthening Social Security
I stand by expanding our social security system as much as posssible by amending social security contributions to be progressive across all income brackets such that the wealthy are paying their fair share into the system. I also support implementing a constitutional amendment to prohibit removing funds from social security for any reason.
Michigan's 13th Congressional District