We are the first generation of Americans at risk of handing our children less opportunity, not more.
Today, we are reaping the whirlwind of four decades of economic immobility. Many Coloradans have not received a decent pay raise over this period, even as costs continue to rise. No matter how hard they work, many Coloradans cannot afford a middle-class life.
Colorado workers and families who were already struggling to make ends meet are hurt even harder by the economic crisis fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The link between mobility and economic opportunity is broken. Today, there is no better predictor of what a child will earn than what their parents have earned. Take away mobility, and the American Dream becomes meaningless — something between a nostalgic myth and a political lie.
Michael is fighting to change this. Driven by an obligation to create more opportunity for the next generation, and informed by the needs of Colorado’s local communities, this is his vision.