If the Progressive Movement was started today, explain the issues that you believe would be their key issues?

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The Progressive Movement dealt with correcting problems in our society. To answer this question, it is necessary to identify issues facing our society today. I will share some of the issues existing today and explain the factors surrounding these issues. From there, you should be able to fully answer the question.

One issue today is the growing income discrepancy between the richest Americans and the average Americans. Fewer people are controlling a greater percentage of the wealth. The Progressives would probably work to change this situation.

Another issue today is the declining power of workers and labor unions. Laws have stripped some workers of their collective bargaining rights. American workers are facing more pressure today than ever before. In some cases, salaries aren’t keeping up with inflation. There has been a lot of discussion about how much the minimum wage should be. You can be sure Progressives would take up these topics.

Immigration is a huge issue for some Americans. There is much debate about what to do with the vast number of people who want to come to the United States. There is also concern about immigrants who have illegally come to this country and their children who were born here. This would be a perfect topic for Progressives to tackle.

Education is also a concern. Many cities are turning to charter schools, private religious schools, and voucher schools as an alternative to the public school model. Education has always been a priority for the Progressive Movement.

Other topics the Progressives might tackle are gun control, climate change, and financial reform. These issues have been also drawn a lot of attention in recent times. Since they are affecting our society, it is possible the Progressives would work to make some changes in these areas.