Economic Justice

Support for Low & Moderate Income Families

Jamie has been a champion for the needs and concerns of low and moderate income families his entire career. As a former public interest attorney, Jamie understands the complex problems and sometimes insurmountable barriers that low-to-moderate income families face every day – and he’s committed to policies and programs that provide more support for families and help break the cycle of poverty.  Jamie believes that when state government promotes an economic vision, polices to help low and moderate income people should be part of that vision.

Promoting economic justice encompasses many areas of state policy, including community economic development, emergency assistance, homelessness prevention, job training and support, affordable housing, health care access, and other social services – and Jamie’s support for economic justice cuts across all of the other work he does.

Our ability to provide real support for low and moderate income families so often comes down to investment in people – which programs are being funded, and at what levels? Jamie’s commitment to economic justice is at the core of his belief that our state needs to look for new sources of revenue, rather than balancing our annual budget by cutting the programs to help the most vulnerable in our society. Learn more about Jamie’s views on Revenue here.

Jamie served as Co-Chair of the Asset Development Commission, which was focused on helping low and moderate income families build financial assets – such as job skills, housing, and savings – necessary to achieve long-term economic self-sufficiency. Learn more about the Asset Development Commission and read the group’s final report here.

As part of this work, he’s filed legislation this session that would address some of the state-imposed barriers to gaining and keeping employment and to building the assets that families need to get, and stay, on their feet.

A critical step in promoting economic justice is setting a fair minimum wage, one that is indexed to inflation. Millions of Americans work full-time, and yet still don’t make enough money to support their families. That’s not right. Jamie believes that setting a fair minimum wage is one of the most important ways we can help support low-income families – and indexing the minimum wage to inflation will help maintain the minimum wage’s value over the long run.