I have organized, marched and advocated at the local level for the working families agenda. I support a minimum wage of $15 an hour, fair scheduling, and paid sick leave.
Childcare in Minnesota is among the most expensive in the nation and is a prominent barrier for many parents seeking employment. I will fight to expand the Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Program, which helps families pay for childcare while they look for work, go to work, or receive education or training related to employment. Additionally, I will advocate for childcare providers that participate in the Child Care Assistance to receive increased reimbursement rates.
Minnesota also faces staggering income disparities: the median household income for African American families is half of that of white families. Community members who face inequities and barriers to employment need to have their voices heard at the Capitol. As a member of the House of Representatives, I will be a tireless advocate for communities of color and will challenge our state's disparate status quo. In addition, I will support the Equal Pay provision of the Women's Economic Security Act, which will require large state contractors to certify that men and women are paid the same for equal work. As a woman and a person of color, gender equity and racial equity are of paramount importance to me. We must eliminate the disparities which impact so many in our district and divide our community.
Policies to improve working conditions must also be implemented at the community level. As a longtime resident of District 60B, I know how effective local hiring practices, prevailing wages for construction work, and labor peace for public contracts can be to build wealth and security into our communities. When we support individual workers, we support families, and we support our neighborhoods. And when we support communities and neighborhoods, we support cities, counties, and our entire state.