As I’m out talking to folks, I keep hearing the same concerns over and over again: the economy. Saying we’re living in uncertain times doesn’t do justice to the situation. Unemployment is soaring. Hardworking people are out of work, vital businesses, especially small businesses, are closing through no fault of their own, and there’s still no end in sight to the COVID pandemic.
So what will I do, if I win in November?
People are suffering, and they need help now. Next month is too far away when you can’t pay your rent, which is why we need to implement protections for renters. Standard tax relief plans won’t help the single mother who just lost her job or who can’t go to work because her young kids are learning remotely. Eliminating the sales tax on groceries would help her – this regressive tax disproportionately effects the poor and since it is paid every time you check out, the benefits won’t have to wait until April.
At the same time, we need to get this pandemic under control. Until people are not just able but willing to go out to bars and restaurants again, we won’t be able to reclaim normal. Lifting restrictions without regard to science will only prolong this situation. We need tests. We need contact tracing. We need everyone to wear a mask in public.
I will make decisions based on compassion and with the needs of vulnerable populations in mind. For too long, we’ve accepted the lie that if we prop up the people at the top, their wealth will somehow trickle down to everyone else. This is not happening, and it will not happen because economies don’t work that way. Stability at the bottom is the only thing that provides the consumer confidence to keep wealth moving rather than pooling. We need to support small businesses, local businesses, entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and the infrastructure that makes everything else possible. People are the heart of the economy, which is why legislating from a place of compassion is both right and sensible.
If 2020 has shown us nothing else, it has proved that “essential workers” aren’t the ones making the most money. Let’s get folks what they need to survive until things get back to normal – and then never forget who keeps this nation running.
This isn’t going to be easy. We’ve got tough times ahead of us, but it’s time we elected leaders who will speak that truth and who will work to unite us rather than divide us. If you give me that chance in November, I will be one of those leaders.