Economy

Supporting Suffolk’s Economy and Working Families

Most agree that folks living in Suffolk County should make livable wages and access affordable health care, child care, and other essential services. One of my top priorities is putting New York families to work in good-paying jobs. I also feel that everyone should have equal opportunity to succeed in today’s economy, and that’s why I support:

  • Protecting our unions
  • Calling out unfair trade deals that put US workers at risk
  • Raising wages
  • Promote our small businesses
  • Lowering New York’s Unequal Tax Burden (SALT)

I am not a career politician or a party insider; this is why I would never put politics before our families. For too long, the failure of politicians in Washington to act has hurt our local centers of commerce and has stunted the growth of our small businesses, and impeded entrepreneurs from starting businesses. I have heard the voices of business owners here in Suffolk County, and I understand the challenges they face. I will fight for our local communities by creating targeted programs to support small businesses and local entrepreneurs. And for our small businesses to grow, we must pass a tax relief bill to assist this vital segment of our economy.

It’s the working and the middle class that often feel that the system works against them. As someone who has never had fewer than two jobs my entire adult life, I understand this concern and why I will fight for those issues that help you – the working and the middle class. I support the following items:

  • Passage of the National Paid Family Leave Act – Because care for a sick child or loved one should not cost anyone losing a day’s pay.
  • Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act – this will strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963.
  • Availability of Affordable Childcare – because working families need the ability to pay the rent, feed their families, and save for their children’s future.

These are among the most pressing issues important in every corner of the 1st Congressional district in meeting with many people.

Rallying for New York Workers

One of my main campaign issues is ensuring that workers are safe in their workplaces, make a living wage, and can bargain to improve their conditions collectively. I support the following Acts supporting Suffolk County’s workers:

  • Protecting the Right to Organize Act – This Act protects workers’ collective bargaining rights and covers new, voluntarily recognized unions.
  • Butch Lewis Act – This solves the Multi-Employer Pension Crisis ensuring pension plans remain solvent without cutting benefits for workers in an estimated 200-225 severely underfunded pension plans.
  • Paycheck Fairness Act – I support equal pay for equal work, which prohibits gender-based discrimination in employment.
  • The National Apprenticeship Act – As an educator, I recognize the importance of an apprenticeship. This Act would create 1 million jobs over the next five years by expanding registered apprenticeships to new industries here on Long Island.
  • Outsourcing Accountability Act – Allows consumers to identify which companies are shipping jobs overseas.

 Supporting Small Business Owners

Small business owners are the backbone of Suffolk County. I will always work hard to support Small Businesses to do all I can to assist in their success. This includes:

  • Funding for Grants to Small Businesses: Suffolk County needs financing for entrepreneurial development and minority business development programs to help kick-start our local economy.
  • Funding for career and technical education programs – we must ensure students can fill the jobs of tomorrow. As an educator, I recognize how funding for programs like the Registered Apprenticeship program can transform lives.
  • The Paycheck Protection and Small Business Administration Loans: As we are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we also focus on the health of our small business community. I support robust funding for grants and loans to small businesses to keep them afloat. If needed, to keep their workers on the payroll, we must be sure that the mechanism is put in place for the future so that small businesses have quicker access to paycheck protection loans.

Lowering New York’s Unequal Tax Burden

I support the repeal of the $10,000 State and Local (SALT) Tax dedication cap, implemented in the GOP’s 2018 Tax Plan – a plan intended to harm heavily populated states like ours. Here are some key SALT statistics from the Rockefeller Institute of Government:

  • The enactment of the cap on the SALT deduction reduces income available to New Yorkers. Each $1 reduction in personal income reduced total economic output in the state by $1.17.
  • If the 2017 SALT cap were eliminated, New York State’s economy would support 107,000 additional full-time jobs annually, on average, in the first seven years (2018–24). Most of the additional jobs would have been created in New York City (55,000) and the greater New York City metro area (45,000) compared with the rest of the state (8,000).
  • The employment losses are largest in the services, construction, and trade (wholesale and retail) sectors.
  • New York’s population would be 104,000 higher, on average, if the SALT cap were eliminated.
  • Total economic activity lost due to the SALT cap ranges from $14.4 billion to $24.5 billion annually, depending on the methodological approach used for analysis.
  • Because housing prices and incomes are higher in New York City and the greater New York City metro area, these areas pay more in property and state income taxes and take higher itemized deductions on their Federal taxes. As a result of the SALT cap, housing prices decline by 0.9 percent in New York City, 1.5 percent in the greater New York City metro area, and 0.2 percent in the rest of the state on average in the first seven years.
  • The states that are most affected by the limit of the SALT deduction are those that annually contribute more to the Federal budget than they receive in program expenditures.
  • In 2018, New York ranked worst in the nation for its balance of payments and bore the second-largest increased burden as a result of the SALT deduction.*

*Rockefeller Institute of Government 

The Elimination of the $10,000 State and Local (SALT) Tax dedication cap will provide much-needed relief to Suffolk County taxpayers. I wholeheartedly support the repeal of this cap, and pressure now must be put on the Senate to move the stalled Senate bill out of Committee on Finance. H.R.5377 (Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act) introduced by Representative Thomas Suozzi must be passed.

I am not a career politician or a party insider; this is why I would never put politics before our families. My focus is on helping the people I know best, the working and middle-class families of Suffolk County. Most agree that folks living in Suffolk County should make livable wages and access affordable health care, child care, and other essential services. I have heard the voices of working families across Suffolk County, and I understand their challenges. I will do all I can for our communities to ensure that everyone willing to work has an equal chance to succeed in our economy.

 
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