Tax the Rich

Instead of draining the swamp, Trump immediately brought to power an administration of unparalleled corporate greed at a time when economic inequality in the US is at an all-time high.

His budget plans would devastate social programs while giving tax cuts to the billionaire class. At the same time, Republicans at the state level in Minnesota threaten massive budget cuts and transit fare increases.

There’s no reason working people have to suffer like this in the richest country in human history. We can stand up and fight back. The courageous resistance of millions of people, from Trump’s first day in office, is proof of that.

I was a leader in the movement to win 15 NOW, and we took on some of the most powerful corporations in the state. Let’s build off that momentum. Rather than further cutting social programs while giving massive tax cuts to the billionaire class, we need to tax the rich to fund the crucial services that working people need.

For example, high-end developers in San Francisco now pay a ‘millionaires tax’ to help fund affordable housing, and make community college free for residents. Let’s explore that in Minneapolis, and expand it further to include other big business executives and corporations themselves. We can use this to provide funding for education, health care, mass transit, and affordable housing.  They said we couldn’t pass 15 because of state pre-emption, and we still won. We can build a movement to overcome the legal roadblocks to taxing the rich and getting the big developers and corporations to pay for the services we need.

As Trump and the Republican Party target women and the LGBTQ community, we can tax the rich to defend and extend reproductive healthcare services, domestic violence shelters, and an LGBTQ resource center in Minneapolis.

Elected officials need to use their positions as an organizing tool for social movements, the tried and true method of addressing entrenched injustice. Yet last election, tens of thousands of dollars of corporate cash flowed into Ward 3. Like Bernie Sanders, I don’t think politicians can serve two bosses – working class people and corporate donors – at the same time. I pledge not to take a penny from corporate executives and big developers.