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Fair Wages and the Economy

Income inequality is the moral and economic challenge of our day. For his entire professional life, Paul Newell has worked to ensure that the poor, working, and middle class get a fair shot at the American Dream. Without a vibrant and growing middle class our economy will stagnate, and even the most successful among us will suffer. Newell will work with New York’s progressive majority to make us a leader in economic equality – and maintain our leadership in the world economy. That means fighting for:

  • A Higher Minimum Wage: Newell has marched, lobbied, and fought for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right of all workers to organize. In Albany, he’ll make sure we pass a higher minimum wage, index it to inflation, and set a floor of a living wage for all New Yorkers.

  • Safety in the Workplace: Newell will work to ensure that all NY workers – whether they be in nail salons, restaurants, manufacturing, construction, or anywhere else – have the right to safe, healthy workplaces. This includes protecting workers from sexual harassment, exposure to dangerous chemicals, unsafe construction sites, and wage theft. And he’ll make sure those enforcement mechanisms have real teeth.

  • Ending Discrimination: So long as any worker can be discriminated against because of their race, sex, age, gender identity, religion, or immigration status, none of us is safe. Newell will work to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), and fight to make sure that New York’s anti-discrimination laws apply to all of us – and are strictly enforced.

  • Paid Family Leave: Too many of our neighbors are just one illness or accident away from crisis. Newell will work to pass paid family leave for all New Yorkers  

  • Small Business Survival: Lower Manhattan has thrived because of our diverse, dynamic small business community. Yet too many are threatened by outrageous rent increases and predatory landlords. Newell will work to pass laws that require landlords to work with longstanding neighborhood businesses, and disincentivize outrageous rent demands.

  • Maintain the Millionaires’ Tax: Lower Manhattan is home to some of the greatest success stories in the world, and we are rightly proud of it. Those successes have been built on the dynamic culture that our incredibly diverse community has built. Everyone must pay their fair share – to maintain and expanding that diversity.



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