One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato
The following is our 2017 blueprint. These are the issues for which we will be agitating, advocating, and arguing for both in City Hall and the State Capitol. These are also the issues we expect our elected officials to address in a serious, ethical, and transparent way.
Most importantly, these are the issues that you –– Philadelphia’s millennials –– have told us are critical to achieving the City and Commonwealth we want for our families and communities.
1. Strengthen Philadelphia’s Primary and Secondary Education System
b. Supporting and growing Philadelphia’s community schools initiative;
c. Integrating classroom and workplace learning through career exposure; and
d. Recognizing that all forms of primary and secondary education, including charters, magnets, neighborhood schools, and religious schools, have a role in making Philadelphia’s educational system the nation’s best; and
2. Reform Philadelphia’s Anti-Competitive Tax Structure
a. Supporting the Levy-Sweeney Plan to reduce job killing Philadelphia wage and business income taxes by increasing taxes on commercial real estate;
b. Simplifying our state and local tax codes;
c. Reducing the tax burden on small business; and
d. Improving Philadelphia’s collection of delinquent taxes.
3. Invest in Our Children, Our Families, Our Workers and Our Small Businesses
a. Developing partnerships between government, business, and community groups to encourage, guide, and support economic development in neighborhoods with the highest unemployment rates;
b. Exploring creative solutions to decrease burdens on working families;
c. Improving and enhancing worker training and vocational-technical programs to prepare individuals for 21st century jobs in STEM fields;
d. Supporting student loan debt management and relief;
e. Increasing investment in local entrepreneurs and small business through public-private partnerships; and
f. Reforming the City’s and Commonwealth’s pensions plans by transitioning from defined benefit to defined contribution plans so government has the resources to invest in tomorrow, not just pay for yesterday.
4. Stand for Social Fairness
a. Supporting the expungement and sealing of eligible criminal records;
b. Addressing the “school to prison” pipeline that has disproportionately affected minority communities;
c. Opposing all forms of discrimination; including racial, religious, disability, age, ethnicity, national origin, gender and sexual orientation/identity;
d. Supporting the extension of civil rights legislation to include LGBTQIA individuals;
e. Endorsing policies that support and welcome immigrants to Philadelphia and the Commonwealth; and
f. Opposing marginalization of dissenting viewpoints and the hyper-partisanship that has calcified civic discourse.
5. Improve Our Electoral Process
a. Ending partisan gerrymandering;
b. Exploring alternative electoral processes for local elected positions;
c. Expanding voting opportunities through early voting, voting by mail, and exploration of digital voting;
d. Developing a professional non-partisan election staff to manage and operate our elections; and
e. Ensuring elected officials work across ideological and geographic boundaries to forge consensus.
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