Jensen makes pitch for job creation by raising minimum wage and building more roads and bridges
09/12/2014 03:51 PM
Democratic 6th District Congressional challenger Elisabeth Jensen says jobs are her main focus in the race to unseat U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R- Lexington.
Jensen laid out her goals to bring jobs back to Kentucky and said she would rely on her past experiences in business to work across the aisle in Congress.
“I am a business person. I approach the economy from the perspective of a business woman a non-profit entrepreneur and a mom. We do what needs to get done,” Jensen said. “I know what it means to come to the table and solve a problem.”
Releasing her jobs plan Thursday, Jensen listed several points including raising the
minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, skilled training initiatives, investing in infrastructure for roads and bridges and closing tax loopholes.
“The biggest challenge to the economy is that nobody really has any money to spend. And the first thing that we can do is to increase the minimum wage. It is the quickest way to get money into the hands of our working families that doesn’t come at the expense of taxpayers,” Jensen said.
Jensen said there are 13 states which have already increased the minimum wage and “all of those states have had significant job growth over states that have not increased the minimum wage.”
There have been several studies which show a slight decrease to a slight increase in overall workforce if a minimum wage increase was enacted.
Jensen also said the government should spend more on infrastructure projects across the country as a way to boost employment.
“Right now interest rates are low – manufacturing sector has workers that are available and it’s time to do those kinds of projects,” Jensen said.
Hear what she has to say about tax inversion and other issues in the interview below:
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