JOBS, WAGES, AND THE ECONOMY
We are seeing robust economic growth, but not growth that benefits everyone. The wealthiest investors are receiving huge windfalls while workers see stagnant wage growth. Oregon has taken some steps to improve wage growth through a higher minimum wage. This should be complemented with a requirement that employers provide health insurance or pay the costs of public health insurance for their employees. In turn, the state should provide a public option that controls costs, removes deductibles, and keeps co-pays affordable. A strong educational system will result in workers better prepared to take the higher paying, higher skilled jobs that businesses currently see going unfilled. Businesses and workers can both do well in an economy that invests in people.