Jill Stein on Jobs

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


Guaranteed jobs for all who need work

Let's talk about what you didn't hear--and won't hear--from the Democratic candidates.On issue after issue, we're calling for the solutions we really need--while the establishment parties are offering either band-aids, or nothing.
Source: Green Party response to 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate , Oct 14, 2015

Focus on pink jobs: the jobs of meeting human needs

With the Green New Deal, we're usually focused on the headlines--energy, transportation and food--but the Green Party equally talks about so-called "pink jobs"--the jobs of meeting human needs.

We also talk about the jobs of ecosystem needs and restoring ecosystems, in the same way that the New Deal had a big conservation component to it. There's a big component of restoration as well in the Green New Deal.

Source: Interview with Candice Bernd of Truthout.org , Jun 25, 2015

Pay liveable wages, not just minimum wage

The Green Party's national platform endorses the liveable wage and the guaranteed basic income: "All workers, temporary or permanent, must be paid a living wage. We support the enactment of living wage laws that apply to all workers."

Green Party activists noted that a minimum wage that matched current productivity growth would be more than $16.50 an hour and said that this figure should factor into the calculation for a liveable-wage guarantee. Greens said that enacting a liveable wage would boost the economy by providing millions more Americans, especially low-income families, with spending power.

The Green New Deal, advocated by Green candidates including 2012 presidential nominee Jill Stein, calls for the creation of millions of new green jobs that pay liveable wages

Source: Green Party press release, "Liveable wage, not just minimum" , Mar 8, 2013

Directly create jobs, not via tax breaks

OBAMA: The most important thing we can do is to make sure that we are creating jobs in this country, but not just jobs, good-paying jobs, ones that can support a family.

ROMNEY: I know what it takes to create good jobs again. The middle class has been crushed over the last four years, and jobs have been too scarce. I know what it takes to bring them back, and I'm going to do that.

STEIN: As for jobs, we're actually calling for a program that has a track record of actually creating jobs--that is, a Green New Deal for America. We want to directly create jobs, not simply provide tax breaks for corporations or tax breaks for the job creators to move their jobs to China or India. The Green New Deal will create 25 million job, including a spectrum of jobs in the green sector, as well as jobs that meet our social needs, and these are public services and public works, like during the New Deal that got us out of the Depression.

Source: Democracy Now! Expanded Second Obama-Romney 2012 debate , Oct 16, 2012

Stimulus spent $220K per job; I propose $20K per green job

The Green New Deal is an emergency jobs creation plan that addresses unemployment & also the climate. It's a win-win on all those fronts and is modeled after the New Deal that helped us get out of the Great Depression. It would jumpstart the economy as a green economy, instead of going back to the same old economy. It goes green and also relocalizes, and it jumpstarts, in particular, small businesses and co-operatives. And in so doing, it puts a stop to escalating climate change.

We're talking about green manufacturing, sustainable local agriculture, public transportation and clean renewable energy that has the added benefit of making wars for oil obsolete. The cost for Obama's stimulus package worked out to be about $220,000 per job created, because the mechanisms were indirect and relied a lot on tax incentives, which don't always get used to create jobs. This, instead, would be money used directly to create jobs and would be more like $20,000 per job created.

Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012

Economic Bill of Rights: unionize; fair taxation; fair trade

The Green New Deal begins with an Economic Bill of Rights that recognizes our rights to an economy that serves people. This means that everyone willing and able to work has the right to a job at a living wage. All of us have the right to quality education, health care, utilities, and housing. Each of us has the right to unionize, to fair taxation, and to fair trade.

This means that everyone willing and able to work has the right to a job at a living wage. All of us have the right to quality education, health care, housing and utilities. Each of us has the right to unionize, to fair taxation, and to fair trade.

The promise of an Economic Bill of Rights came out of the last period of widespread, extreme economic hardship, the Great Depression. In 1944, FDR said that "true individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence." And 20 years later, Martin Luther King raised up the call for an Economic Bill of Rights once again.

Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Full Employment Program: green jobs and community needs

We will end unemployment in America once and for all by ensuring a job at a living wage for every American willing and able to work. This includes jobs that improve our environment, like clean manufacturing, organic agriculture, public transportation and clean renewable energy. It also includes jobs that provide urgently needed social infrastructure--for public education, health care, child care, elder care, youth programs, and arts and culture.

Our Full Employment Program will create 16 million jobs through a community-based direct employment initiative that will be nationally funded, locally controlled, and democratically protected against conflicts of interest and pay-to-play influence peddling. The program will directly create jobs in the public & the private sector. Instead of going to an unemployment office when you can't find work, you can simply go to the local employment office to find a public sector job. These 16 million jobs are 8 times the number sought in Obama's recent jobs proposal.

Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Green New Deal: emergency program for 25M jobs

The Green New Deal is an emergency program of job creation to put 25 million people back to work--based on the New Deal that got us out of the Depression. It will end the Bush-Obama recession and transition us quickly to the environment and economy we need to survive in the 21st century. One of its merits is it will make wars for oil obsolete, which provides additional benefits to our economy, Those wars are a drain of over $1 trillion a year if you add up the military-industrial costs.
Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

Casinos' costs are far greater than their benefits

Jill Stein called House Speaker Robert DeLeo's expanded gaming bill a travesty. "This is a jobs program for our legislators, who are raking in campaign contributions, and the lobbyists," Stein said. DeLeo's bill, passed last week with 120 votes, would allow for two resort casinos in Massachusetts.

The proposal would generate $400 million to $500 million in new annual tax revenues. However, Stein said the proposal's costs are far greater than its benefits. Stein said most of the 15,000 jobs created by the bill "are jobs you wouldn't want to touch with a 10-foot pole." She said most casino jobs come with low wages, no security and a high turnover.

For every two casino jobs created, three are lost elsewhere, she said, especially in small entertainment and restaurant businesses. For every $1 in casino taxes collected, there is $3 in related costs from bankruptcies, divorces, crime and community violence, she said. Stein said she hopes the bill dies in the Senate.

Source: Brockton Enterprise, "Casinos a bad bet", by Mike Melanson , Apr 20, 2010

Require living wage

Source: Campaign web site, JillForGov.org, "Issues" , Nov 24, 2001

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