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Val’s Priorities

Economy

Creating an economy that works for everyone.

We are at a critical moment for our country following a pandemic that knocked the wind out of our economy, displaced workers, and left families across the Commonwealth struggling more than ever. Val believes the best way to jolt our economy is by investing in workers and families, helping women return to the workforce, and creating workplace and economic policies that treat workers with the dignity they deserve.

Val supports bold investments in transforming our nation’s infrastructure, which will stimulate our economy and create good-paying, union jobs in the Commonwealth. For too long, working families have shouldered the burden of an unfair tax system, made worse by the 2017 GOP tax bill. We need to level the playing field by asking corporations and the wealthy to pay their share, and lift up families through permanent expansions of the child tax credit and earned income tax credit included in the American Rescue Plan. Those efforts to bolster our economy must include doing more to make sure communities of color share in the wealth they create by demanding pay equity and extending capital to minority-owned businesses.

Val’s home county of Montgomery is among the Pennsylvania counties with the most robust manufacturing sector, and Val believes we should strengthen it statewide. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed just how important it is to support American manufacturing that can make the things we need in our daily lives, or during a national emergency, right here at home. That’s why she supports boosting American manufacturing and workers through robust Buy America policies and incentives for companies to keep jobs here in Pennsylvania and the U.S., instead of sending them overseas. 

Val raised the minimum wage for county workers to $15 as Chair of the Board of Commissioners, and provided paid, gender neutral parental leave for county workers. She believes these are policies we need federally. Val also supports pay equity for women, and finally addressing the enormous challenges to accessing and affording child care. 

Val Arkoosh wearing mask