Marilyn has spent more than a decade advocating for jobs, opportunity, fairness, small businesses and economic security for all people. She believes there is dignity in all work. As Mayor, she fought for workers by passing paid family leave, helped raise the minimum wage, and created the Tideflats Certification Program to prepare students for high-wage jobs with good benefits in the maritime industry. As Chair of the Tacoma Employee Retirement System Board, she consistently advocated for policies to ensure that employee pensions were protected and well funded.
Every worker in America needs paid sick leave to take care of themselves, family members, and to stay home when they are sick without worrying about losing income or their job. In Congress, Marilyn will support a national paid family leave policy and will work with labor to protect the right to organize and collectively bargain. As the nature of work changes, we must find ways to ensure that the basic needs of people can be met. Marilyn supports universal basic income pilot programs to help develop a national strategy that will provide financial stability for people. She also supports expanding effective policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and registered apprenticeships. She will fight to secure equal pay for women and historically underrepresented communities.
Small businesses are an essential part of helping displaced workers recover after COVID-19 – they employ half of all workers, drive innovation, and are cornerstones of our communities. As Mayor, Marilyn launched the Minority Business Development Agency at the City of Tacoma and helped secure a loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch the RAIN BioTech Incubator. She advocated for the Washington State Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Act, which sought to provide small businesses with more opportunities for government contracts, helping to secure stable jobs that pay well. In Congress, Marilyn will work to create more job opportunities by advocating for large scale infrastructure investments in transportation, utilities and affordable housing. She will also work to ensure that small businesses have better access to federal contracts, exporting, capital and technical assistance.