Strickland holds roundtable in Columbus to discuss economic fairness, proposals to make sure working families get the pay they’ve earned
COLUMBUS, OH — Today, Ted Strickland launched his 3-day “You Work It, You Earn It” Tour across central Ohio -- highlighting his proposals to make sure working families get the fair pay they deserve in contrast to Senator Portman’s record of pushing the agenda of the wealthy and well-connected.
At each stop of the tour, Strickland is holding a roundtable conversation with Ohioans to discuss the policy proposals in his Ohio Families First Plan concerning fair overtime pay, fighting retirement insecurity, ensuring equal pay for equal work and his proposed middle class tax cut. Today’s stop was held at the IATSE Stagehands Local 12 Union in Columbus.
“Ohio’s middle class is feeling squeezed because working people aren’t getting a fair deal: they’re working hard but wages are staying flat, costs are rising, and workers aren’t getting paid what they deserve. This isn’t an accident – it’s happening because Washington insiders like Senator Portman are pushing the agenda of the wealthy and the well-connected at the expense of Ohio’s working families,” said Ted Strickland. “I believe in a simple principle -- If you work it, you should earn it. That means Ohioans should get paid for the overtime hours they work, women should get equal pay, and all Ohioans should get the retirement benefits they’ve earned by paying into Social Security and Medicare. In the U.S. Senate, I will stand up for Ohio’s working families at every turn because that’s where I’m from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first.”
During the tour, Strickland is highlighting the following policy proposals from his Ohio Families First Plan:
If You Work Overtime, You Should Get Paid For It. Strickland supports increasing the number of workers eligible for overtime pay by raising the applicable income threshold. This change will bring overtime pay to millions more workers who are currently working more than 40 hours a week and not getting paid for it. Senator Portman voted for a plan that stripped overtime wages from millions of Americans.
Ensuring Equal Pay For Equal Work. Strickland is a proud supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act, and in the U.S. Senate he will fight to make sure that Ohio women receive equal pay for equal work. Senator Portman voted five times against equal pay legislation.
Tackling Retirement Insecurity. Strickland will protect Social Security and Medicare, for seniors today and for the next generation. In the Senate, he will stand up against those like Senator Portman who don’t understand the struggles facing working people and want to cut benefits, gamble with Social Security on the stock market or raise the retirement age.
A Working Families First Tax Cut. Strickland is proposing a $1,000 middle-class tax break for joint filers with incomes up to $150,000 a year, and a $500 tax break for individual filers making up to $75,000 a year. Senator Portman has his own tax plan: a tax giveaway to companies that dodged U.S. taxes by storing their profits overseas. One estimate found Senator Portman’s plan would give Goldman Sachs – one of the worst tax dodgers that has stashed $24 billion in income overseas – at least $2.7 billion in tax relief. Strickland would pay for his middle class tax cut by ending taxpayer subsidies for extravagant CEO bonuses; closing the carried interest loophole; implementing the “Buffett Rule” to ensure millionaires pay their fair share; ending subsidies for lobbyists; ending the tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas; and closing the corporate jet loophole.