Suffolk County is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, and it is also a place where there has been little movement in wages and employment opportunities for decades. It shouldn’t be a struggle to find a job with a wage that can pay for housing and still put food on the table, but this is real and ongoing.
We Need Solutions Now!
We must recognize that our economy is changing fast, and we need to act! Long Islanders must have access to the tools they need to thrive in the new economy – not the old.
The first step is admitting that manufacturing as we once knew it will not be the future reality. The next step is understanding which industries are growing and require non-automated skill sets, human touch, and intelligence, and invest in those right here in Suffolk County.
We need to shift how we think about manufacturing jobs to catch up as a region, as we’re already behind.
Besides being uniquely beautiful, Long Island’s environment is also the primary engine of Suffolk’s economy. Protecting our environment becomes an even more pressing issue when we realize that our environment offers Long Islanders and visitors a wide range of products and “agri-tourism” activities to enjoy. When thinking about this pairing of economy and environment, let’s keep the following items in mind:
- If not for our pristine beaches on the ocean, bays, and the Long Island Sound, tourism would not exist.
- Suffolk County is also ranked number one in sales of aquaculture, poultry, and egg products.
- Farming in Long Island has ranked first statewide in the wholesale value of crops thanks to a thriving greenhouse, nursery, sod, potato, vegetable, and winegrape industries.
We must support those who directly earn their livelihoods tied to the environment by protecting it.
It is a given that to rebuild our regional economy, we must continue investing in infrastructure, and most importantly, as we rewrite its rules, we must make sure that we build an economy where everyone knows that hard work pays off.
To move our economy forward, I support passing Tax Reforms that ensure everyone pays their fair share. This includes:
- Raising the tax rates for corporations and eliminating the Trump tax cuts on those earning over $400K a year.
- Taxing capital gains at the same rate as working Americans.
- Funding the IRS so that tax shelters and tax cheats are audited, not ordinary Americans.
I believe that everyone should have the freedom and ability to determine their future. This is why I strongly support:
- The fight for a living wage
- Protecting and growing our Main Streets by providing tax breaks for our micro-businesses who make up 92% of all U.S. Businesses.
- Making college affordable
- Investing in vocational and skilled trade training because college isn’t the only path for finding a job to support a family or becoming financially secure.
- Expanding our manufacturing, technology, and construction workforces
To stimulate our economy, we need to put more money in the pockets of the working and the middle class. We must seize every opportunity to create jobs so those just starting in their careers do not feel forced to move off Long Island and remain in Suffolk County if they choose to live here. We must ensure that every worker has the chance to build a financial safety net for their families.