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Faison: Equal wages and living wages are essential to the New Jersey economy

Asbury Park, NJ: Dominique Faison makes one of her economic agendas clear: Eliminating the gender pay gap is a top priority. Faison, an Asbury Park resident who asked for a seat in the Congregation of the 11th
“Ensuring fair wages for women, just like their male counterparts, is one of the keys to enabling families across the state to improve their overall economic position,” says Faison. “As more women have to work to keep their families afloat, equal pay would strengthen every family in New Jersey and help fight child poverty.”
Faison believes equal pay is key to turning all families in New Jersey around. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women’s annual earnings were 82.3% of men’s wages. “Closing this gap is long overdue,” says Faison. “It’s time to see equal pay for equal work.”
Achieving a living wage for all New Jersey workers is another major economic priority for the Faison campaign. The current minimum wage in NJ is $ 12 / hour. According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, a single person can live on $ 16.20 an hour while a family of four (assuming a working adult) would need at least $ 35.18 an hour. “Our working-class families need to see the value of their work, both in terms of integrity and paychecks,” says Faison. The Greens’ candidate makes the link with quality of life by identifying people who have difficulty meeting not only their family’s financial needs, but also their social and emotional needs. “There are too many people who have to choose between jobs just to make ends meet and spend time with their kids,” says Faison. “Achieving equal wages and living wages in New Jersey will not only strengthen the economy, it will also strengthen families and, by extension, communities.”
The consequences of this problem include the social and emotional impact it has on the working poor. Faison points out the way several levels of government suppress low-income families in their district and state. “Working families who do not receive a living wage are forced to live with the stigma of poverty and struggle,” says Faison. “Working poor families do not have access to“ Cadillac ”health plans, which would provide people with resources to help them with mental health problems.” Faison claims that even working poor families with some form of health care have access to Receive government-sponsored / funded plans that do not provide for psychological care. She also points out that many of those in need of mental health services are children and the public services are nowhere near being able to help them. “State social services are overwhelmed and overloaded,” says Faison. “Schools try to provide staff to help children, but if your public school is underperforming and the state continues to cut aid to the school … these services are among the first to be phased out.”
The Faison campaign has also been very vocal about the gentrification process in some communities in the 11th Ward, including the candidate’s hometown, Asbury Park. “Gentrification focuses on wealth, not people,” says Faison. “This process has changed the city emotionally and financially, as working families have no choice but to leave because they can no longer afford to live in the city.” that the local community as a whole is not part of the process. The Green candidate argues that many members of the community feel as if their freedoms are being sold to the highest bidder when they have absolutely no say in the matter. “The people who live in these communities need to be empowered to participate in the regeneration of their region … and not to be displaced,” explains Faison. “Hope, collaboration and participation of all members are essential to the betterment of our communities.”

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