Raising the minimum wage would help eliminate a heavy burden from many families. A good portion of our jobs pay minimum wage and are considered to be “low skilled jobs”. There is also the assumption that only teenagers rely on the minimum wage but that is just false. Many people work well over 40 hours a week in minimum wage jobs but still struggle to pay bills or put food on the table. These are working people who deserve to be paid well, in fact, many of these jobs require a certain skillset that a highly educated CEO could never do for 40 hours a week. Raising the wage would help get our economy rolling since the more money people have, the more they will spend, and it will increase the quality of life for countless families.
Unions are the backbone of this state. Many of the pivotal events in our 156 years as a state have occurred because of unions. Coal miner unions helped fight for improved work conditions and better wages. Teacher unions led the fight for public education and promised educator benefits. All unions have a uniting goal which is to give the worker power over their governing force. In the case of the coal miner unions they were fighting against coal barons and companies that did not care about the well being of their workers. They just cared about the profit. With the teacher unions they had to fight against a Republican Legislature which was only concerned about who to sell our education system to. These fights are still going on today and it is imperative to protect unions so workers have a substantial voice.
Right to Work legislation has no place here, as it is anti-union. As aforementioned in the previous paragraph, unions need to be protected and continue to have an impact on workplace negotiations and relations with the higher ups.
The Severance Tax should not be lowered. This only benefits wealthy out-of-state business owners and decreases the state’s revenue. We can’t afford to have that happen. Our state has always been an extraction site for natural resources and by lowering the severance tax we are encouraging that practice to continue.
Local Businesses serve as places of employment for many and provide the community with friendly, unique places to shop or dine. These are a core part of any town and are ingrained in the culture. Restaurants like Woody’s, Muriale’s, and Dairy Creme Corner are great examples of community staples all Marion County folk are proud to support. We need to wholeheartedly support every small business here and make it easier for them to thrive. Downtown Fairmont is the perfect canvass for this growth. We could see money allocated to help fix the buildings and sidewalks all to help get the town booming again.