Economic Growth and Security

Every generation of Americans must rise to the task of protecting and passing on our greatest legacy: the American Dream, the idea that our children will have a better life than we did and that we can retire with dignity.


These uniquely American ideas have spread across the world, but here at home, the path into the middle class is narrowing and the American Dream is disappearing for too many. I have lived my version of the American Dream here in North Texas and am committed to restoring this fundamental promise for future generations by fighting for good paying jobs and an economy that works for everyone.


In Congress, I will work to:


  • Protect Medicare and Social Security: Medicare and Social Security are promises we’ve made to our seniors that should be honored. These are earned benefits that our senior citizens count on after they have worked to pay into these programs throughout their lives. I’ll always fight to protect Medicare and Social Security because North Texans should be able to retire with dignity.


  • Invest in job training programs for the 21st Century: A shrinking world and increasing automation have dramatically changed the workforce needs of the modern American economy, but our workforce development is stuck in the past. Here in North Texas, we have a shortage of skilled labor, which is holding back our economy and raising costs for businesses and consumers. We can provide our businesses with the skilled workforce they need and create good paying jobs by investing in vocational training in our high schools and community colleges, creating and promoting apprenticeship programs, and finally addressing the cost of higher education.     


  • Ensure equal pay for equal work: It is outrageous that in the 21st Century women still make much less than their male counterparts for comparable work. And the pay gap is even wider for women of color. In Congress, I will support passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier for employees to discover and seek redress for unequal pay, and bolster the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigative resources to root out pay discrimination.


  • Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: Every year 100,000 people move to North Texas, bringing dynamism but also straining our already aging infrastructure. We need a new national commitment to rebuilding and updating our infrastructure here in North Texas, and across the country, in order to create millions of jobs and provide the foundation for our businesses and workers to thrive.


  • Empower our small businesses: Small businesses are the drivers of new jobs, innovation, and are the cornerstones of our communities. We must make North Texas that best place in the country to start and grow a small business by cutting red tape holding back business creation, expanding access to capital and early investment, and offering tax breaks and incentives for small businesses instead of huge handouts for the largest corporations.


  • Raise the minimum wage: We not only need more jobs--we need better paying jobs. Raising the minimum wage puts more spending power in the hands of workers, improving the economy and reducing inequality. I will fight to raise the minimum wage, in graduated steps, and index it to inflation—because if someone works a full week’s work in this country they should be able to take care of their family.

  • Enact paid family leave, and expand child care programs: No family should have to choose between having a family and having a career. Paid family leave would allow Texans to take time off when they have or adopt a new child, when you or a family member gets sick, or when a family member is deployed in the military. Helping to make child care affordable for working families will enable more parents to continue to work full-time.


Paid for by Colin Allred for Congress

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P.O. Box 601631
Dallas, TX 75360
(469) 261-3829