Announcing Working Hero PAC.
At Working Hero, we believe everyone who works should be able to afford life’s basic needs. The reality, though, is most Americans are working — and in many cases multiple jobs — but can’t afford adequate housing, health care, food, education and transportation. Poverty in America is a crisis that touches everyone who struggles every day to pay their bills.
1 of 2 Americans couldn’t afford a $400 surprise expense. 1 of 2 Americans are a broken wrist, a few blown tires or a busted pipe in their home away from financial crisis. Most Americans are working very hard, harder than ever, and yet live every day with the constant worry about how they’ll pay their bills. These are your coworkers, your friends, people who work in your grocery store down the street. Maybe you’ve experienced terrible financial stress — or are in financial stress right now. In California, the state with the highest poverty rate in the nation and where our work first began, 2 of 5 people live in or near poverty.
It’s time for like-minded folks to come together and settle for nothing less than an end to poverty. Our mission will require bold political action, which starts with us supporting leaders who share our mission to end poverty.
In 2015, I convinced California lawmakers that the Golden State needed the California Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the most proven tools to bring financial security to those who deserve it. When they agreed but failed to put any outreach money into the program, I created a non-profit organization called CalEITC4Me.org to ensure every eligible Californian would get the credit they’ve earned. In the past three years, our innovative ‘surround-sound’ campaign has helped over 2 million CA families get over $4 billion in federal and state earned income tax credit.
While the CalEITC program continues, we are taking a new step to build the political arm of the critical work to end poverty. We’ve started Working Hero PAC to support elected officials and candidates who are committed to creating a future where everyone who works can afford life’s basic needs.
It’s about time that working people had a lobbyist, someone working for them, and THAT’S what Working Hero PAC is all about.
Since we’ve launched, our focus has been on Californian champions, but now we are ready to build a national movement. We are mobilizing support around candidates and incumbents who support a broad agenda to end poverty, ideally including – but not limited to – these issues:
1) Making Work Pay Better
- Massive Expansion of the EITC
- $15 federal minimum wage
- Full ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to finally fight the gender wage gap
- Equalizing the tax rates on wealth income (capital gains and dividends) and earned income (from wages) so wealth is no longer taxed at a lower rate than work
2) To Ensure Basic Needs are more affordable
- Medicare For All
3) To Ensure the Same Rules for All
- Reinstating Glass-Steagall to prevent a repeat of the Great Financial Crisis
- Effective anti-trust enforcement that considers all of the negative effects of monopolies on wages, choice and democratic institutions
- Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United
- Buffett Rule implementation
- CEO Tax loophole
Our vision is that every working American should live with full financial security and be able to afford their basic needs. We can create this future if we choose the right policies. It’s up to us to push our leaders toward those policies and hold them accountable. So, join our movement today as a founding member and let’s get to work!
Fighting for California’s Working Heroes.
Poverty is still a reality for too many people in our state. Right now, 2 of 5 Californians live in or near poverty. It’s time for like-minded folks to come together and settle for nothing less than an end to poverty. At Working Hero PAC our mission will require bold political action, which starts with us supporting leaders who share our mission to end poverty.