Issues…

 

It is Time for Economic Justice in North Dakota

The North Dakota Progressive Coalition is a coalition of organizations and individuals from across the state working together to bring about positive change so that all North Dakotans may live with dignity and security in a healthy environment.

 

 

We Need an Economy in North Dakota That Values People

Not just any job will do - we need an economy that creates careers and decent jobs families can live on. State Sen. John Andrist said "Beggars can't be choosers" when talking about economic development in rural North Dakota. We believe North Dakotans need leaders who think we can do better than begging for scraps.

 

When we spend our tax dollars for economic development, we must have:

        • Accountability.
        • Democratic decision-making.
        • Job quality standards.
        • Bottom up development, urban and rural.
        • Benefits to our community and our quality of life.

 

Protecting Student Loans

  • The Congressional reconciliation bill cuts student loans by $14 billion
  • College should be a time of learning and growth - not a time of worrying about how to pay for college
  • Our government shouldn't be making it more difficult for people to attend college - they should make it easier!
  • The reconciliation bill caps off cuts to student loans, Medicare, food stamps, school lunches, and other vital service programs with a huge tax cut, the majority of which will go to the wealthiest Americans

 

Protecting Social Security

  • No privatization!
  • No benefit cuts!
  • No new debt!
  • With your help, the North Dakota Progressive Coalition and its partners helped successfully defend Social Security from the dangers of privatization. Thank you for all your help!

 

 

 

 

 



WHAT KIND OF NORTH DAKOTA DO WE WANT?

WE HAVE A CHOICE! * THE CHOICE IS OURS!

 

WE CAN CHOOSE better jobs, higher incomes...
OR ...continue to give more tax breaks to the wealthy.

  • Are you working longer, harder and still not making ends meet? You're not alone!
  • North Dakota leads the nation in families with two or more jobs to make ends meet.
  • Corporations are moving millions of American jobs overseas and getting tax breaks, too!
  • Americans who found new jobs are paid $109 LESS each week than at the job they lost.
  • North Dakota spends millions every year on economic development... yet, we don't know who gets the money... what we get in return... or what kind of jobs our money brings!
  • The majority of North Dakota legislators refused to pass accountability and job standards.

 

It didn't used to be this way! It doesn't have to be that way!

Solution:


We need elected officials who are on our side and support good jobs with enough pay to raise our families with enough time to be with them. We need elected officials who will make sure public economic development only goes to jobs that raise our incomes.





WE CAN CHOOSE good public schools for our children...
OR ...watch quality disappear and good teachers leave.

  • North Dakota leaders reluctantly agreed to teacher raises, but we're still lowest in the nation.
  • The federal "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) law is full of inflexible rules and regulations. Without more flexibility and funding, good North Dakota schools are being set up to fail.

 

It didn't used to be this way! It doesn't have to be that way!

Solution:


We need elected officials who will support and fund great public schools for every child, after school programs for working families and school nurses.





WE CAN CHOOSE health care for you and me...
OR ...current plans and over $52,000 North Dakotans with no health insurance.

  • Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing again.
  • Current officials are in bed with the drug companies. The complicated new discount card allowed price increases to drug companies over lower prices for the people.
  • More and more people are losing their health insurance or have inadequate health care including Native Americans. Are you and your family next?

 

It didn't used to be this way! It doesn't have to be that way!

Solution:


We need elected officials who are on our side and will fight for affordable, accessible healthcare and a prescription drug plan that benefits people rather than big business.





WE CAN CHOOSE family farms, healthy Main Street and recreational hunting...
OR ...let big business buy up our countyside!

  • Some North Dakota legislators attacked family farm ownership.
  • Current officials allowed outside interests to set our state's hunting agenda.
  • Too many legislators are more focused on agribusiness concerns rather than the concerns of farm and ranch families and rural communities.

 

It didn't used to be this way! It doesn't have to be that way!

Solution:


We need elected officials who will support family farm agriculture and North Dakota communities.





WE CAN CHOOSE fair taxes for middle income folks...
OR ...keep giving unfair advantages to corporate billionaires.

  • Corporate taxes have been cut $177 billion! Corporate taxes are the lowest since the 1930's... that's money taken from our schools, our health care, our communities!
  • American taxes have been shifted from millionaires to families making LESS THAN $75,000 a year. Bush Administration supports $60 million tax breaks to companies that lay off workers and move overseas.
  • Most legislators are more concerned about "leaving no millionaire behind" and they're even trying to cut state corporate taxes.

 

It didn't used to be this way! It doesn't have to be that way!

Solution:


We need elected officials who will fight for taxes that are fair to working people and make sure the corporate millionares pay their own way!

 

Together we have a voice! Vote your voice!