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Mind the gap?

Among countless other things, our country's growing trench of income inequality is on the ballot next month – and for good reason:

  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that income inequality in the United States is the highest of all the G7 nations.
  • Current Population Survey data finds that race continues to play a huge role in economic inequity. The median Black household income was only 61% of the median white household income in 2018 – that's unacceptable.
  • The distance between America's richest and poorest families has more than doubled from 1989 to 2016. 61% of us say there is too much economic inequality in the country today. Unsurprisingly, the views shift as you poll the upper-middle class, and "high" class groups – they're more inclined to say things are about right according to the Pew Research Center.

The COVID-19 pandemic has further illuminated these issues and cornered thousands of households into living on the edge of financial ruin.

Let's make sure that this is on the agenda in Congress. Sign my petition and demand my colleagues in Congress take action to close the $50 trillion income inequality gap.

Make no mistake: this gap isn't a bug, it's a feature. It is the result of deliberate, trickle-down policies that have decreased public investment, weakened labor rights, and slashed taxes on the rich at the expense of everyone else. I think we've seen enough of that, don't you? Sign the petition.


Posted on October 13, 2020.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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