Tony believes that government should work to ensure opportunity for everyone, not just those who can afford to buy it. Read where he stands on the issues that affect working families.
National $15 Minimum Wage
All people deserve a living wage. I will introduce and support legislation that mandates a $15 an hour minimum wage nationally, with some adjustments made for Cost of Living in various areas. This wage requirement will be applicable for all companies working on government contracts. I believe this will help restore our disappearing middle-class while moving people out of poverty and away from a lifelong dependence on government assistance, while providing millions of Americans with a feeling of pride and self worth.
Universal Single Payer Health Care
If elected, I’ll work for the passage of a single payer government paid universal health care that covers all Americans and push for greater government regulation of any Health Care Companies that have doubled rates in the last three years while lowering benefits and raising prescription costs.
If elected, I will work to enact legislation to eliminate almost every type of investment trade a bank can make, impose interest rate caps on credit cards and loans tied to the prime rate, and impose penalties on any bank that breaks these laws. I will work to enact legislation that would prohibit any government regulated industry to make donations to any candidates for federal office. I do not believe any bank is “too big to fail.”
Wall Street Regulation
If elected, I would request a special department in the US Attorney’s office that does nothing but monitor Wall Street. I will work to impose regulations on investment houses that will almost cover every dollar they trade. I believe that while we can’t break up Wall Street, we should enforce the laws we have and ensure the SEC files criminal charges in cases of fraud and holds people accountable.
Equal pay for Equal Work for All
I believe all people deserve equal pay for equal work – women, minorities, disabled, seniors, and other classes of workers. If elected, I will work to enact legislation that requires equal pay for equal work and includes severe fines for any employer found breaking the law. I will work to establish a dedicated branch at the EEOC that enforces this law and protects any worker taken advantage of or fired because they file a complaint from retribution.
Free Higher Education
I believe every American who qualifies should receive a free public college education. However, this goal is not within immediate reach. If elected, I will work to enact legislation that reduces all student loan rates to the Federal Discount rate and work to find a solution that allows all qualified Americans to attend a public college at no cost.
I believe in Climate Change and that is causing major damage to our country and our planet and as the world’s largest economy, the US is the biggest culprit in the world. If elected, I will support legislation that imposes penalties on companies who pollute our air, water, ground and that work to help us achieve a zero carbon footprint as soon as possible.
With considerable experience in this industry, I believe we need to begin a massive alternative energy program to end our reliance on fossil fuels and foreign energy sources. Investment in alternative energy sources such as wind turbines, solar energy, and other innovative technologies can not only help us achieve our goal of a zero carbon footprint, but can also create a whole new job sector, employing millions of Americans.
Our entire transportation infrastructure is falling apart. I believe we, working with a three way partnership between private industry, unions, and the government, can rebuild and repair our aging infrastructure and provide employment to millions of Americans who need and want to work. If elected, I would work to establish a program similar to the CCC and others that have existed throughout our history, and put our unemployed workers to work repairing and our country’s roads, bridges, ports, and building the new modern infrastructure we need.
I understand that increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, establishing a free single payer universal health care program, and providing free college tuition to all public schools will require an increase of taxes. If elected, I will work to reform the current tax system to more fairly tax high earners and capital gains in order to provide a better opportunity for all Americans.