DNC 2016: Creating and protecting jobs, raising minimum wage key platform items

By Bill O’Boyle - [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA — When you ask delegates from Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina and everywhere else what the main issues are facing their home regions, the first answer is usually “jobs.”

They say that they want to hear their nominee, Hillary Clinton, talk about her specific plan on bringing jobs home from overseas and attracting new jobs to the U.S. And, they want to know what they need to do to bring some of those jobs to their states.

The Democratic Party platform includes creating family-sustaining jobs and protecting those jobs, giving them the right to organize. Raising the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour is also high on the list, as is helping those who are unemployed for long periods of time.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said wages over the last 40 years have risen just 9 percent.

“That’s our main economic challenge,” Casey said. “We have to find ways to raise incomes.”

Casey said increasing funding for early education could be a step in the right direction.

“Learn more early, earn more later,” Casey said.


By Bill O’Boyle

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Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle

Reach Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle