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Raise Minimum Wage in Arizona Regardless of Federal Law.We would like to see Arizona be out front on this issue. The primary need for this petition to be heard is that Arizona's minimum wage should increase regardless of Federal Law. The wage-increase bills going through the U.S. Congress currently (early 2014) may not pass and become Federal Law.
Raise the Minnesota minimum wage to $10.25 ImmediatelyThere's been too much inequality in our society for too long and we need a Colbert-sized bump in the minimum wage to catch up. Letting it go another year to 2015 is too long. In addition, the IMF confirms more inequality slows economic growth: http://www.taxjustice.net/2014/02/27/income-inequality-leads-slower-economic-growth-imf-study/ Before President Obama raised the wage to $10.10 for new federal contracts, an ABC/Washington Post poll in December 2013 found $10.25 to be the most popular amount to raise the minimum wage to (still under the $10.40 it would be adjusted for inflation since its peak in 1968): http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/12/18/3079721/minimum-wage-poll-1025/
Provide Livable Family IncomesThe United States now has the greatest inequality of wealth of any developed nation, with almost all productivity gains going to the top one percent, while draining the working class. Too many people live in poverty, working full time at low-wage jobs. With more income, they could live decent lives, and their increased spending would boost the economy for everyone. Restoring top marginal income tax rates to those of the Eisenhower administration and enforcing tax laws on international corporations will provide the needed revenue.
No More Unnecessary WarPrior to the Iraq war, George Tenet and the CIA refused multiple requests from the Senate Intelligence Committee to supply a NIE on the military and occupation phases in Iraq. The Senate Intelligence Committee was then required to vote on a war without the minimal information needed to make an informed decision. Taking steps now to require such a NIE prior to foreign intervention will help protect future generations from needless war.
Support NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Plan to Fund Universal Pre-KResearch shows that full-day pre-k reduces income inequality and increases social mobility; yet, in New York City, nearly 50,000 kids who should get full-day pre-k don’t. And high-quality after school programs, especially during the middle school years, are crucial for the success of children and the economic stability of parents. Mayor de Blasio is proposing a stable funding source, a small tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers supported by almost 65% of New York state residents, to ensure that these programs can be truly universal. We need to send a clear message to policy makers in Albany: every child and working family in NYC deserves a chance at success.
Ban Fracking in MichiganI Love the local community in which we live, our home, land and the beautiful Nature of this area. Our water the well we drink from is threatened along with the air we breath. Generations will feel the effects from fracking which can be linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer.
Save our neighborhoodWaukegan Road is a busy thoroughfare. The addition of more cars creates an even greater potential for accidents-or worse. Their further request for a north bound left turn lane in the middle of Waukegan Road is absurd with the traffic we already contend with daily. There are two residential communities directly across from the proposed site, another behind and another to the north. This is the wrong development for this site.
Stand Strong Against Cuts To Food StampsPlease join me in speaking up for folks that receive nutrition assistance from the federal government. While not a perfect system, this is the first fall-back that folks out-of-work have to keep on an even keel with regards to other aspects of their lives. When a person is hungry, it becomes hard for them to think straight and that has all sorts of ramifications across the board in people's lives. What we need to do, rather than cutting this benefit is work on finding ways to continue to make healthy food options accessible to anyone faced with a limited income. That's my 2cents. Thanks for taking the time. Food Hardship Report http://frac.org/pdf/food_hardship_2012.pdf http://www.bread.org/ol/2013/engagement/downloads/2013-hunger-poverty-facts.pdf http://www.cbpp.org/files/1-14-13fa/ME.pdf
Stop Republicans from closing down Fannie and FreddieIf Fannie and Freddie are taken over by Republicans future Home Buyers will have to pay a lot higher Interest Rate on their Mortgages and Republican Owned Fannie and Freddie would start requiring a lot higher Down Payment. It would end dream of owning a Home of most of Americans.