We keep hearing the people in Washington, DC tell us how strong the economy is and that Americans are doing better than ever before. But for too many Arkansans that is just not the case. In communities across Arkansas, folks are finding that their wages aren’t keeping up with their cost of living, and sometimes two or three jobs still won’t cover the bills. Too many people are working their hearts out only to fall further behind. We must build an economy that values work and workers and not just bottom lines. That means increasing wages and working with companies to keep jobs here in the U.S. If you are working 40 hours or more a week, you should be able to provide for your family and give them the life that we all deserve.
For the last 20 years, politicians have made the decision to allow for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations to receive big tax breaks that they thought would stimulate the economy, but trickle down economics never seem to trickle all the way down. Josh believes that we should be returning money to Americans, but those tax breaks should be for the middle class and the working poor. This will drive the consumer economy, and as more people have money that they can spend to support their families, companies will respond to the increase in demand and create more jobs and innovation.
It’s important that companies and investors are rewarded when they make investments in their people and the communities in which they do business. Encouraging businesses to train and retrain workers to meet the changing economic landscape will be an important first step to ensuring job security for thousands of workers. Not only do we need to maintain strong established businesses, but we must create avenues for entrepreneurs and startups to succeed in local communities, which will allow prosperity to return to the forgotten places.