The Path Forward (By Dawn Sweeney and Matthew Shay, The Hill, March 2, 2016)
Rare is the issue that unifies decision makers of both political parties at the federal, state and local levels. In 2016, the deep and real concern around income inequality is doing just that.
The growing gap between the wealthiest in our society and those struggling to make ends meet is front and center in presidential debates and in local government meetings. As a society, we have to figure out how to most effectively enable our citizens and our economy to grow and flourish, and that isn’t going to happen on its own. Elected officials should address this issue, but not with policies that inadvertently hurt the very people they intend to help.
According to some, the answer to addressing income inequality is simple: just raise the minimum wage. But the reality is much more complex. We need policies that empower businesses of all sizes and provide real, tangible skills, training and career paths for workers. Unfortunately, many of the policy proposals on the table, like hiking the minimum wage, will put entry-level jobs and the start they provide for so many in jeopardy.