“I am running because I believe the American dream is alive and well, but it’s slipping out of reach for too many families. Hard work isn’t enough anymore, and Washington isn’t helping – in fact, they’re making it worse. If we want to change Washington, we’ve got to change the people we send to Washington.” – Stephanie Murphy
Stephanie believes both parties are to blame for the gridlock and dysfunction in Washington. She has the real world experience to get results – working with both parties to grow the economy by cutting bureaucratic red tape, investing in small businesses to create good-paying jobs, and making sure there is equal pay for equal work.
We need an economy that works for all of us. At the center of our economy should be a robust middle class – where all children grow up in safe, state-of-the-art schools; where college is affordable and workers are paid a livable wage; where every family has access to quality, affordable health care; and where seniors are guaranteed their benefits after a lifetime of hard work.
Here are seven key ways Stephanie is helping to create more good-paying jobs for central Florida and grow our middle class:
- BETTER EDUCATION: We must invest more in early childhood and pre-k education and encourage a stronger emphasis in our public schools on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math). We should support our technical schools with more resources for job training and retraining programs. And, we should make college more affordable, with more Pell Grant funding, lower student loan interest rates, and the ability to renegotiate your loan when interest rates fall.
- SMARTER TRADE DEALS: Our global economy is more interconnected than it has ever been, but it’s also more competitive. That’s why it’s critical we adopt fairer and smarter trade deals that protect the American worker, support our small businesses and strengthen our middle class. Stephanie supports smart trade deals that raise American wages and help our businesses export more of their goods and products to other countries.
- FEWER REGULATIONS: As someone who has worked in the private sector, as an executive and as someone who counsels small businesses and startups, Stephanie knows firsthand how frustrating and harmful bad or senseless regulations can be. That’s why she supports a wholesale review of all rules and regulations to modify or roll back those that are out-of-date, unnecessary, duplicative or overly-burdensome to entrepreneurs and small businesses. She also strongly supports the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, which is the small businesses watchdog throughout the federal regulatory process.
- STRONGER INFRASTRUCTURE: We need a strong, robust infrastructure in order to ensure our economy keeps moving, including historic investments in alternative and renewable “green energy” that creates 21st century jobs, reduces our dependence on foreign oil and helps protect our environment. We must also increase investments in local infrastructure, such as water systems, to keep companies here in Florida. Finally, we need more investments in modern technology infrastructure, such as broadband, so that more budding entrepreneurs can compete in the global marketplace – and so more consumers can buy their products.
- FAIRER AND LOWER TAXES: Our tax system in America is an absolute mess full of special interest loopholes that protect large corporations and the super wealthy while cheating the middle class. We need a wholesale review of our tax system that simplifies the tax code, cuts taxes for hardworking, middle class families, and ensures every American and every corporation pays their fair share.
- PUTTING FAMILIES FIRST: It’s time we put families first and treat women equally in the workplace. When a woman earns equal pay for equal work, then the entire family benefits and incomes go up. It’s disgraceful that a woman in this country still only earns $.79 for every dollar a man makes, which is why we must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. We must protect the rights of employees to collectively bargain, and we must raise the minimum wage to a livable wage because if you work 40 hours a week, you shouldn’t be living in poverty. Finally, it’s time to pass paid family and medical leave because no American should ever be forced to choose between taking care of their child, their own health or a sick relative and their job.
- HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES: We must do more to support budding entrepreneurs and our small businesses because they are the backbone of our economy and employ nearly half of all Floridians. First, we should ensure the Small Business Administration has the resources to support small businesses and entrepreneurs through loans, advocacy and guidance. We should streamline the regulatory process and cut taxes for small businesses just starting out, and we should encourage more public-private partnerships within communities. Finally, we must also do much more to encourage and support women and minority-owned small businesses.