If we are serious about rebuilding the disappearing middle class and reducing income and wealth inequality, we need a budget that creates decent-paying jobs, raises wages, makes college more affordable and demands that the wealthiest pay their fair share...

At a time when our roads and bridges are crumbling, increased funding for infrastructure would make our country more productive and safer. It would also create millions of good jobs.

 At a time when we need a well-educated workforce for a highly competitive global economy,
 making the first two years of community college free would be an important step forward in making college accessible for working class families.

At a time when almost all of the new income gains in recent years have gone to the top 1% and when corporate profits are at an all-time high, efforts to end egregious corporate tax loopholes while providing tax breaks for working families would be movement in the right direction.

And at a time when senior poverty is increasing, we must expand, not cut, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits. As most Americans know, billionaire campaign contributors and corporate lobbyists exercise enormous influence in Washington, which is why the rich get richer while almost everyone else gets poorer. Enough is enough! Let's join together and fight for a government that helps working families, and not just the top 1%.