Wisconsin needs an all hands working economy. We can’t get there by cutting our way to prosperity while giving handouts to the wealthy and corporations. We do it by building an economy that works for everyone.
We will create jobs, support Wisconsin businesses and strengthen our economy while expanding opportunity to every corner of our state. Working people will see more money in their pockets, local municipalities will grow, and small businesses will be able to reinvest, and responsible budgeting will lead to economic growth in Wisconsin. I believe in economic opportunity for everyone and my administration will get Wisconsin working again.
Raise the minimum wage to $15 hour. Wisconsinites deserve a living wage. No one should need to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. Anyone who works full time should be able to support themselves and their family.
Expand the child care tax credit. It’s hard work raising a family and taking care of children. It’s even harder when money is tight. We need to expand the child tax credit to help more low and middle income families access early education for their children.
End the Manufacturers and Agriculture tax credit. It’s time to stop giving tax giveaways to the top earners in our economy by ending the Manufactures and Agriculture tax credit that is currently costing the state nearly $300 million each budget cycle. With more revenue from those who can afford it we can put more money in the hands of working families.
Pay off the state debt. My administration will be responsible with our budget and stewards of our tax dollars. It’s our obligation to future generations to pay down our state debt. The longer we wait, the more it costs and the greater burden we shift to our children.
Empower local governments through shared revenue. Madison should be empowering local communities, not using them as a source of revenue. The best example is Milwaukee, when in 2015 it sent $1.37 billion to Madison while the state returned only $227 million. That’s a difference of over $1 billion. Wisconsin has an obligation to aid local governments so they have the resources they need to provide services to their residents.
Strengthen food assistance programs. Low-income residents have enough hurdles to overcome, restricting options and forcing them to jump through hoops to access vital food assistance is not the answer. We need to expand eligibility to give our most vulnerable the help they need to get back on their feet.
Expand program eligibility for renting assistance. Everyone has a right to live in safe, clean housing without being “stuck” where they don’t want to be. Working Wisconsinites should have the freedom to live where they need to be, not where they’re forced to live.
Support our Veterans There are more that 370,000 veterans in Wisconsin. It’s important that we provide opportunities for housing, job training, and healthcare as they re-enter civilian life.