While unemployment in Franklin County is under 5 percent, the number of residents who live with incomes below the self-sufficiency standard, a population that surged during the recent recession, has remained the same. About one in three residents have incomes of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($40,840 for a family of three). This includes children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor.
I support a minimum wage increase that allows people who work 40 hours a week to feed their families and is also mindful of small business owners who would be eligible to operate under a revised set of rules.
Columbus is the economic engine of the state. Columbus City Council should be using its power to advocate for county and state-level legislation that would benefit the citizens of Columbus. The State of Ohio has slowly stripped the rights of individual cities in Ohio to make their own decisions about extremely important issues such as raising the minimum wage and hiring practices for police officers.
- Advocate for the rights of cities in Ohio to vote on an increased minimum wage 19
- Advocate for the rights of cities to have full control over hiring city employees
- Challenge state law that prevents police departments from requiring officers to reside in the cities they serve
- Incentivize residency policies in police departments so that they are representative of the people they serve
- Provide for an increased presence at the statehouse either through staff or constituents