ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
We are jeopardizing our planet through ouractions -- and inactions. It is clear that current practices of increased energy use, pollution, and excess waste generation are unsustainable. Children growing up in Pennsylvania may face harsh consequences to their health, property and food security if we don’t take action now to protect healthy farming practices, reduce waste, and encourage sustainability and innovation.
These challenges will impact us all, but will hit historically disadvantaged communities the hardest. Ironically, those communities are least responsible for the problems. Pennsylvania is an incredibly diverse state with natural beauty afforded constitutional protection. Special interests that recklessly abuse our natural resources must be held accountable and stop being allowed to subvert the will of our Commonwealth’s founders.
HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT
The price of rent and mortgages are rising while wages are not. Many housing options are in disrepair, unsafe, or too expensive. If wages continue to remain stagnant, working Pennsylvanians will have a harder time providing safe, nurturing homes for their families.The COVID-19 pandemic has proven now, more than ever, that serious reforms are needed to ensure access to the kind of quality, affordable housing and support services our families deserve. Everyone deserves a safe, healthy place to call home.
AN ECONOMY THAT BENEFITS THE WORKING CLASS
We deserve an economy that benefits the majority of Pennsylvanians. Our current system includes perks and write-offs for the super-rich and corporate interests -- while working class, true small business owners, poor and middle-class families pay more than their fair share. Special interests have led us to believe the status quo is the best we can get. That is not true.
We must ensure an equitable system that does not force poor people to pay more, while providing loopholes to the wealthiest to pay less. We deserve fully funded public schools; substantial and effective infrastructure for public utilities including mass transit, roads and bridges, and broadband internet access; a robust healthcare system; quality affordable housing; and sustainable environmental practices to preserve our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed these deep inequalities and shown how little of the money meant to help is making it to the community businesses and families.
Pennsylvania's workers desperately need reforms to keep more of their paychecks in their hands to spend locally.