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State Sen. Wendy Davis Releases Economic Policy Platform

by: Natalie San Luis

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:20 PM CDT

Last week, state Sen. Wendy Davis unveiled a policy plan to ensure that Texas' economy and job market remains strong.

She spoke about her economic proposals, which center on investing in "human capital," in Fort Worth at the Omni Hotel.

"Hardworking Texans should have someone fighting alongside them, not against them," Sen. Davis said. "They deserve to have their tax dollars put to work for them."

Read more about Wendy Davis' economic platform after the jump.

Davis said that she would invest in public education, including a statewide pre-K program.

Additionally, she would work to make college more affordable by increasing the availability of dual-credit courses in high schools.

Davis also pledged to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour for the 2.8 million Texans working minimum wage jobs.

Furthermore, she would continue to fight back against predatory payday lenders, who prey on low-income workers and profit from extremely high interest loans.

"The state has ignored its responsibility to protect Texans from unfair lending practices for far too long, and I will not abandon the Texans who need help most," she said.

Davis will also support long-term economic development, including use of the rainy day fund for water and transportation projects.

She cited her time on the Fort Worth City Council, during which she spearheaded economic development efforts that resulted in $260 million in new investments for the city.

"Between the two major party candidates asking for the privilege of serving this state as its next governor, I am the only one with real world economic development experience," Davis said.

Natalie tweets from @nsanluis.

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