We oppose tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires that are paid for by increasing the tax burden on the working and middle class. Backwards tax policies have contributed to New Jerseyans paying the highest property taxes in the nation. And while infrastructure investments are deferred and benefits are cut for working and middle class people, special interests, large corporations, and the wealthy elite continue to write their own tax loopholes that must be plugged by the rest of us.
The recently passed Transportation Trust Fund deal is an egregious example. To pay for long neglected transportation infrastructure, the Governor and Legislature raised the gas tax, which everyone pays equally. And as part of the deal, they passed a similarly sized estate tax cut that only benefits the wealthiest 0.1% of the population. It was literally a transfer of $300M a year in tax money from the 99.9% of us to the wealthiest 0.1%.
CJPD will push for a tax system that adequately funds needed investment and benefits, while ensuring that the burden of paying taxes if fairly distributed and the wealthy and large corporations pay their fair share.
Fight For a $15/Hour Minimum Wage by 2020:
Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages. We must ensure that no full-time worker lives in poverty. The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living wage. We must increase it to $15 an hour over the next several years.
Make Healthcare a Right - Medicare for All:
Healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Everyone in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.
We support full funding of the School Funding Reform Act formula. The formula has been consistently underfunded since its adoption in 2008, with a majority of Districts not receiving their fair share of state funding. Fully funding the formula would result in significant property tax reductions in those Districts. The average assessed home in Piscataway, for example, would see a nearly $900 reduction in their property taxes.
Fight For Pay Equity, Paid Leave, and Sick Time:
We must establish equal pay for women. It’s unconscionable that women earn less than men for performing the same work. We must ensure that employers provide their workers with paid leave and sick time to promote strong and healthy families.
The political right has claimed the mantle of “family values” for far too long. When they use the term they’re usually talking about things like opposition to contraception, denying a woman’s right to choose, opposition to gay rights, and support for abstinence-only education. This is not what family values means.
When a mother can’t spend time with her newborn child during the first weeks and months of life, that is not a family value. When a husband can’t get time off from work to care for his cancer-stricken wife, that is not a family value. When a mother is forced to send her sick child to school because she can’t afford to stay home, that is not a family value. When parents and children can’t spend any time on vacation together during the course of an entire year, that is not a family value. In fact, these things are an attack on everything the family stands for.
When it comes to supporting real family values, the United States lags behind virtually every major country on earth. We are the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee its workers some form of paid family leave, paid sick leave or paid vacation time. Or, to put that another way: Workers and families in every other major industrialized country in the world get a better deal than we do here in the United States.
That’s wrong. It’s a travesty. And it should be an embarrassment to anyone who claims to speak for family values in this country.
Fight For Tuition-Free Public Universities:
In a highly competitive global economy, we need the best-educated workforce in the world. It is insane and counter-productive to the best interests of our country and our future, that hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and that millions of others leave school with a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades. That shortsighted path to the future must end.
Enforce Fair Labor Standard and the Right to Collective Bargaining:
A strong Labor movement benefits every working American. All workers must have the right to organize and to collectively bargain. Only by organizing and standing together can workers ensure fair pay and good working conditions. The corporations and billionaire class have demonstrated that they are not willing to give these basic rights to workers freely - we must demand them. CJPD supports the right of workers everywhere to organize and collectively bargain, and opposes any attempt to restrict those rights.
Invest in Youth Jobs Programs:
Today, the youth unemployment rate is off the charts. We must end this tragedy by making sure teenagers and young adults have the jobs they need to move up the economic ladder. The CJPD supports investments in programs designed to create jobs for young Americans.