President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking Minnesota a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of Minnesota care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in Minnesota has dropped from 5.3% to 2.9%. Our nation now has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 221,300 new private-sector jobs created in Minnesota in 42 months under President Clinton -- more than during the previous four years; 10.5 million jobs created nationally. Over the next two years, 118,000 workers in Minnesota will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 845,000 workers in Minnesotaallowing them to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, the number of people on welfare is declining. In Minnesota alone, 19,376 fewer people are on welfare and 8,766 fewer are on food stamps. In addition, tougher child support enforcement collects $94 million more -- an increase of nearly 50% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 419,200 students in Minnesota can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every Minnesota family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 155,400 working families in Minnesota and 15 million working families nationwide. By expanding the annual expensing allowance, 26,078 Minnesota small businesses will receive a tax cut this year. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 200,000 workers in Minnesota for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage.In Minnesota, as many as 335,000 in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 597 police officers to Minnesotas streets. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest declines in three decades. In Minnesota alone, the crime rate decreased 2.03% during the first three years of the Clinton Administration. In addition, the state received over $2 million to combat domestic violence. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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