It is a fact that a dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to. In 1988, tuition at UC Irvine (including room and board) was $8,760. Now it costs $32,911 per year. Minimum wage has gone from $4.25 in 1988 to $10.00 in 2017. We need to get college tuition down and have a livable wage.
We will raise the minimum wage on large companies. Small businesses will remain at the prevailing wage rates.
Too often, art and music are the first programs to be cut from school budgets. Yet study after study shows that music and art stimulate and improve student performance. We need to ensure that poor rural communities and inner-city schools have the same access to the arts as wealthy suburbs.
We are the richest nation in the history of the world. And while most wealthy countries have universal healthcare, we do not. This is unacceptable. Healthcare should be considered a basic human right. Single payer universal healthcare must be a priority.
California should not allow federal immigration agents into schools and courthouses. A just society does not make people fear getting an education or fear going to court.