Economic Justice is Possible
Economy & Workforce Development
As we enter a new decade, we are continuing to see the impact of a changing society and workforce. It’s important that on the local level of government we make decisions that give Portlanders equitable access to growth opportunities. This includes prioritizing local businesses, creating more apprenticeships for young people to learn trades, and investing in local labor on major city projects. A more equitable Portland is not possible without addressing the urgent need to unionize labor and combat growing wage inequality. The affordability and livability of our city needs to be a cornerstone for how we continue to grow.
It is imperative that we keep wages on par with the cost of living. Affordability in housing, transportation, childcare, and access to various services must be a top priority for the city of Portland. We cannot continue to let people be priced out of a city where they spend so much of their time and money.
We must make an effort to give contracts for development and infrastructure projects to local businesses. I’m also committed to creating incubator spaces for entrepreneurs to try out their business concepts, which puts public funding to good use and encourages Portlanders to invest in our city, helping to foster community, innovation, and financial independence. A good first step would be streamlining the permitting process for new businesses.
Organized labor is a necessary part of our future as we combat growing inequality and abuse of our labor. The purpose of the government must be to protect the hard working labor of Portlanders and ensure they are paid their fair share in wages and benefits. This means a true embrace of the hard work unions do to negotiate for fair wages and benefits that help Portlanders be able to work and live in Portland.
Investment in community colleges and trade schools is important to the access Portlanders have to create more options for future careers. On the city level, we must incentivize local unions to expand apprenticeship programs, giving young people hands-on learning opportunities and encourage the investment of their talents back into Portland.
With Portland State University just down the road from city hall, there’s no excuse not to prioritize local institutions for large scale research. Students across town are constantly innovating new ways to solve the problems of our future, and we need to leverage that learning in city hall. I will push for the creation of an office of Economic Innovation. This new office will act as a global model for stakeholder-city partnerships by operating as a think tank to explore innovative ways to integrate new technology and other advancements in our city. An Economic Innovation office will also encourage more partnerships with local institutions to offer internships, job opportunities, and other ways for students to invest their ideas back into Portland.
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