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We Won!

6 November 2013 in Community | Comments (0)

Thank you for your support in the election on Tuesday.  We won with victories for Steve Tolliver and Gail Weilheimer for County Judges, Mickey Simon and Ann Rappoport for Township Commissioners and Democrats on the School Board as well. In 2014 I will work to raise the value of Cheltenham by:

  • supporting our school students;
  • modernizing our old infrastructure;
  • listening to the concerns of residents and businesses;
  • moderating real estate taxation; and
  • encouraging voting by making Election Day a local holiday.

Low Wages Hurt Businesses

31 October 2013 in For Fair Economy | Comments (0)

I recently saw the movie “Inequality for All”.  A main point of the movie is that low wages hurt families and businesses.  Low wages for families means, in part, less ability to buy what is needed or desired.  Low wages for businesses means, in part, lower purchasing power of consumers and lower sales and lower production.

Small Business Majority found strong support for raising the minimum wage in order increase consumer buying and business sales when they surveyed small business owners in April 2013.  65% of their respondents agreed that increasing the minimum wage will boost consumer demand for small businesses, helping them to grow and hire.  See more info at www.smallbusinessmajority.org

What does this mean for Cheltenham?  In part it means that the Cheltenham Mall is suffering due to the low wages and therefore low purchasing power of many residents in nearby communities.  As long as wages are low, then the amount of money to shop will be low; the sales of businesses that rely on these consumers will be low; the success of businesses that rely on these consumers will be low and the rental of space to such businesses will suffer.

Raising wages is the way to increase family income, family shopping and sales that businesses need to survive and expand.


Local Progress Conference

in For Political Participation,For Sustainable Living | Comments (0)

I attended a conference of locally elected officials in Washington, DC on 26 and 27 October, at my own expense.  Below are some examples of initiatives that were discussed at the conference that local government can take:

Expand Voting

-advertise and promote Election Day
-require landlords to provide voter registration forms to tenants at the time of leasing; and
-allow 16 year olds to vote in local elections

Promote Sustainability

-adopt building codes that encourage and require energy conservation

Support Families 

-require contractors with local government to pay a wage of at least $12 per hour;
-involve police department in activities that reduce juvenile delinquency; and
-coordinate township recreation programs with public school programs to enhance after school activities for children

Get Covered

18 October 2013 in For Healthcare | Comments (0)

Bill England of Enroll America explained how to get affordable health insurance on Thursday night.  Get covered for your health care with the new health insurance that is available under the Affordable Care Act.  Here are some fast facts:

  • Call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to choose a health insurance plan and get covered.
  • All of the health insurance plans include hospitalization, doctor visits, prescription drugs, and preventive and wellness services.
  • Financial assistance from the government is available to reduce the cost of the health insurance that you choose when you enroll through the Marketplace.
  • You can enroll in the new health insurance from 1 October 2013 until 31 March 2014.  Health coverage starts on 1 January 2014.
  • If you already have health insurance then you are already covered, but the new health insurance might be better than what you have.
  • If you are covered by Medicare then the new health insurance is NOT for you.

Unfair Pay

11 October 2013 in For Fair Economy | Comments (0)