State of Arkansas Archives: on Jobs

Dan Whitfield: Large corporations required to pay $15 minimum wage

If we change how we classify business, we can take on this challenge more easily. We can reclassify business as small, medium, and large. Large corporation should be REQUIRED to pay a minimum of $15.00/hour. We can then tax businesses in a progressive way where small pay around 10%, medium pay around 20%, and large corporations pay 30% in taxes. This will alleviate that tax burden on struggles small business while enforcing corporations that profit billions to pay their fair share.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Jun 8, 2020

Dan Whitfield: Regain workers' rights and protections through Unionism

Ending Right To Work and Giving Federal Union Protections to Workers: Businesses have been taking advantage of workers and enough is enough. CEOs have helped candidates get elected in both local and federal positions to weaken and destroy the Unions that protected Americans as we built America. We need to regain workers' rights and protections through the choice of Unionism.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Jun 8, 2020

Mark West: No discriminatory hiring practices but no affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Opposed, but we should remove legal barriers that allow businesses to use discriminatory hiring practices.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

John Boozman: Pushed 16-hour trucker day; withdrew "sweatshop on wheels"

Boozman made a misstep in 2005 by sponsoring and then withdrawing a bill to increase the maximum workday for truckers to 16 hours--A move sought by Wal-Mart but that was lambasted as a "sweat shop on wheels" that would have jeopardized safety. He also backed the controversial 2008 bill to rescue the U.S. financial system--an issue that tea party supporters used against some Republican incumbents in GOP primaries.
Source: Almanac of American Politics on 2022 Arkansas Senate race Oct 5, 2015

Mark Swaney: Abandon minimum wage in favor of living wage

Swaney said he will fight to make things better for the working class. "The first thing that I have in mind is an increase in the minimum wage," Swaney said. "In the Green Party, we actually support abandoning the entire concept of minimum wage, which is nothing more than a slave's wage. We believe we should be gradually moving towards a living wage and we believe everyone who works a 40 hour week ought to be paid enough in that 40 hour week to take care of themselves and one or two other family members.
Source: KAIT-8 on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2014

Jim Holt: Restrict China trade until they float their currency

Q: Should the federal government take steps to stop the flow of jobs from the US?

A: Absolutely-when the loss results from rigged trading conditions. By using tariffs on countries who rig the game so that trade between us does not reflect true free-market costs. Currency manipulation would be a major example. Right now the government of China does not float its currency. The medium of exchange between our two economies is not accountable to the free market. Because of this, pure free trade with the managed economy of this communist giant is impossible whether we put tariffs on them or not. The Chi-com industries pay everyone in undervalued money and get overvalued dollars in exchange. One day, it will all collapse of course. Until it does, it represents a conspiracy between the Communist rulers of China and their manufacturing class to pay their workers peanuts (through currency manipulation) and use these artificially lowered costs to takeover American markets.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Questionnaire Aug 12, 2004

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