Lt. Governor David Zuckerman says we should focus on the challenges that face Working Vermonters. Many Vermonters are not benefiting from the state's economic growth. While the wealthiest have seen their incomes climb dramatically, working class Vermonters' incomes remain flat. We should pass legislation that will ease the struggle for many. Affordability is a coin with two sides: expenses and income.
Kate Logan, of Rights & Democracy, and Cathy Albisa of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), discuss the need for a broad discussion and organizing leading to the creation of A New Social Contract: Collective Solutions Built by and for Communities.
Peter Knowlton, General President of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America (UE), explains that Trump’s proposed tariffs are not an effective strategy for reviving American manufacturing jobs.
Brenda Siegel, a low wage worker and small business owner, explains why Vermont should raise the minimum wage now to $15 an hour.
Isaac Grimm, Vermont Rights & Democracy's Political Engagement Director, and Raise the Wage coalition coordinator, reviews the legislature's Report of the Minimum Wage and Benefits Cliff Study Committee, and explains why moving to a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020 will contribute to the overall well-being of our families, communities, businesses and state.