Too many hard-working families are struggling too often to make ends meet. It shouldn’t be this hard. The 35-year experiment in producing jobs and stimulating the economy through unaccountable tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest among us has only resulted in widening income inequalities and a shrinking middle class. Full-time workers need live-able wages, and good-paying jobs need to be protected—not just created—and women deserve equal pay at all salary levels. International trade agreements must not incentivize employers to leave the country, or help them profit by devaluing American labor. Jobs programs should target rural as well as urban communities, and Dreamers should be welcomed participants in our economy. Employers can take on less of the burden of providing health insurance for their workers, but should be expected to put some of those savings back into other benefits and programs that protect jobs and keep them in the district. As in health care, education, and environmental policies, Matt believes in unlocking the power of community by focusing on growing local innovation opportunities. Small businesses, trade and labor associations, and community banks, must all be supported better by our federal policies by eliminating unnecessary regulations and putting them on more equal footing with larger national and multi-national corporations.