Economist of the day

Posted: 17 November 2013 in Uncategorized
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The final vote tally is now in: Kshama Sawant, an economist and a socialist, has been elected to the Seattle city council.

Sawant, a 41-year-old college economics professor, first drew attention as part of local Occupy Wall Street protests that included taking over a downtown park and a junior college campus in late 2011. She then ran for legislative office in 2012, challenging the powerful speaker of the state House, a Democrat. She was easily defeated.

This year, though, she pushed a platform that resonated with the city. She backed efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15; called for rent control in the city where rental prices keep climbing; and supports a tax on millionaires to help fund a public transit system and other services.

“I will reach out to the people who supported Richard Conlin, working with everyone in Seattle to fight for a minimum wage of $15 (an) hour, affordable housing, and the needs of ordinary people,” Sawant said in a statement.

Here’s a link to her appearance on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes.

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  1. […] Economist of the day: Kshama Sawant The final vote tally is now in: Kshama Sawant, an economist and a socialist, has been elected to the Seattle city council. […]

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