AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL
“It’s not enough to talk about jobs. It's not enough to say we're
open for business. We need well-paying, equitable jobs, especially for those who have been left behind. We must invest in people with training and resources to meet the demands of a rapidly changing economy. We must aggressively attract and retain talent in Michigan so that we can expand our tax base. And we need a truly fair tax system, not one that only benefits the wealthy and big corporations.”
We live in a global economy. Michigan has the talent, potential and innovation to compete and thrive. But we need leadership in Michigan’s Capitol that has the vision and experience to grow an economy that works for everyone.
I’ve always been a problem-solver. I have worked in the non-profit sector helping run the successful Ann Arbor Summer Festival. And I started two socially conscious businesses focused on health and wellness for all. In 2015, I was twice honored for my contributions. I was inducted into the Michigan Indian Women’s Hall of Fame and was awarded a Congressional Award.
I have always been proactive in taking an inclusive, intersectional approach. My goal is to make sure all voices are heard.
Too often, politicians don’t do this when they talk about jobs and the economy in Michigan today. They use buzzwords like “Michigan’s comeback,” but they don’t talk about families that are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent every month. They echo President Trump’s attacks on immigrants, while ignoring the jobs created by thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs in our state. They complain about high-skilled jobs not being filled, but they refuse to invest in effective workforce training programs.
We need a new way. We need fresh voices in the Legislature. That’s the only way that Michigan will be a leader in the 21st century economy. That’s the only way we can make sure that all people are lifted up in our state and no one is left behind.
As a small business owner and a mom, I know how important access to good infrastructure, training, education, and business development opportunities are in preparing our communities for the future. I am committed to making all of Washtenaw County a place where businesses and talented people want to grow with welcoming policies that expand opportunity and fairness.
I was born in Michigan. This is where I wanted to raise my family. I believe in Michigan.
We can attract more small businesses, entrepreneurs, and industrial investment. We can make Michigan a powerful magnet for skilled workers and their families. But it will take leadership from government, nonprofits, educators, and the private sector to establish a clear vision and provide real-world assets to support that vision.
That’s how we can move forward together.
1. Graduated income tax. We need a fairer tax system that works for everyone. For too long, Lansing politicians have only been interested in helping those at the top and big corporations. We need real tax reform in Michigan so that the wealthy are paying their fair share and we have the resources to invest in priorities like education, healthcare and roads.
2. $15 minimum wage. Everyone deserves a fair wage that you can raise a family on. Full-time workers making minimum wage in Michigan can’t even afford a two-bedroom apartment. That’s not right. I support the One Fair Wage ballot proposal for all workers in Michigan.
3. Equal pay. We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go. In Michigan, women make 74¢ to a man’s dollar. And it’s even worse for women of color. African-American women are paid 64¢, Latinas are paid 57¢, and Asian women are paid 96¢ for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. For our economy to grow, we need to be inclusive. I believe strongly in equal pay and will work tirelessly to eliminate the pay gap.
4. Fixing roads and infrastructure. Everyone knows Michigan’s roads and bridges are crumbling. The Flint water crisis is a national tragedy — and it’s one that could have been prevented by investing in better infrastructure and putting people first. I believe that Michigan must significantly invest in infrastructure by using the latest technological advances to rebuild roads, increase broadband access, especially in rural areas, and building a world-class transportation public system so that more people can get to in-demand jobs.
5. Closing the talent gap. I believe that talent is the lifeblood of our economy. We are still losing more young people than we are attracting to Michigan. As new opportunities come with innovation, we must continue to offer students and adults the opportunity to learn new skills and support emerging jobs and industries. We need to invest more in our world-class public universities, community colleges and skilled training programs so more people are prepared for in-demand jobs.