By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alex Lasry on Wednesday outlined an economic plan that calls for raising the minimum wage, encouraging unionization, making tuition free for the first two years of public community college or technical school and to increase apprenticeships.
Lasry, who is on furlough from his executive job with the Milwaukee Bucks, is one of several Democrats looking to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson. Other participants in the race include Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski and Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson.
Many of the policies detailed by Lasry in his economic plan are included in proposals blocked in Congress and supported by other Democrats in the race, such as raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Lasry, whose father is Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, made the work he did to help build the team’s new stadium a centerpiece of his campaign. This includes ensuring workers at the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee are Wisconsin union workers and paid a $15 minimum wage.
Lasry also calls for making union dues tax-deductible and expanding labor rights; allow contract workers to itemize tax deductions on gas, lodging, meals, and work clothes; extending a child tax credit; extending paid family and medical leave; and the reinstatement of the home office deduction.
Lasry also supports passage of the “Made in America Act,” which was co-sponsored by Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin and is designed to increase the use of American-made products in funded infrastructure projects. by the government.
“I want to help bring real change and real results for the people of Wisconsin and that starts with putting more money back in the pockets of hard-working Wisconsinites,” Lasry said in a statement. “With the right mix of job training, tax deductions and incentives, investing and Buy American, and strengthening our unions, we can raise wages and create more jobs and investment in the Wisconsin.”
The Democratic primary is August 9.
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