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Kamala Harris unveils family leave plan that includes six months paid time off

From Daily Mail: Kamala Harris revealed her plan this week to give new parents six months off – by far the most ambitious plan of any other 2020 candidate.

Her federal-level family leave plan would also offer six months of paid time off for parents taking care of a sick child or caregivers taking care of a sick relative.

‘Guaranteeing six months of paid leave will bring us closer to economic justice for workers and ensures newborn children or children who are sick can get the care they need from a parent without thrusting the family into upheaval,’ the California senator said in a statement announcing her proposal.

Harris’ aggressive family leave proposal is part of her ‘Children’s Agenda,’ which overall aims to improve chances for children in low-income families. It also includes benefits like free preschool for low-to-moderate-income families and childcare subsidies.

Most other Democratic candidates’ plans include a 12-week paid leave period for parents after having a child. Some of the most progressive blue states have already passed laws that offer up to 12 weeks for family leave, but sometimes the included benefits don’t match up to the individual’s usual compensation.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who dropped out of the race at the end of August, proposed the Family Act, which was endorsed by three front-runner candidates. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are all behind the proposal that would provide three months of paid leave.

Up to 66 per cent of each parent’s income would be covered under this plan by an overall increase to payroll taxes. Both new parents would be able to use the family leave benefit whenever they choose.

Harris’ plan would give 100 per cent of families’ income to those earning less than $75,000 for the full six months. She did not clarify in her proposal what the percentage would be for those with higher incomes.

Like Gillibrand’s plan, the cost of Harris’ would also come from raising payroll taxes – but would also come from raising corporate taxes and income taxes on the top 1 per cent.

Six months of paid leave would be expensive, but Harris doesn’t outline how much taxes would go up to help pay for it.

This issue, however, isn’t partisan. In February, Donald Trump’s daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump went to Capitol Hill to appeal with republican lawmakers to push for a federal paid family leave program.

Trump acknowledged senator’s efforts at the time and said, ‘It’s encouraging to see members on both sides of the aisle putting forward paid family leave proposals.’

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Socialist Ocasio-Cortez unveils anti-poverty bill that gives illegal aliens access to taxpayer benefits

Claro que si.

From Daily Mail: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is promoting a bill that would make all housing units in the country rent stabilized while giving illegal immigrants access to health care and other social welfare services.

The first-term House Democrat from New York this past week rolled out her six-bill proposal that has been given the title ‘A Just Society’.

The set of bills ‘aims to combat the greatest threats to our country, our democracy, and our planet: economic inequality and climate change,’ the Bronx native writes on her web site.

Ocasio-Cortez wants to adjust the federal poverty line so that it takes into account factors like geography, health insurance costs, and modern living essentials which would include internet access.

AOC also wants to cap the amount that landlords can increase rent.

Under her proposal, landlords would only be able to raise rents by a maximum of 3 per cent every year – or in line with the increase in the consumer price index – whichever is greater.

The set of proposed laws would also allow anyone convicted of a crime to gain access to federal poverty programs.

A study by the Brookings Institute found that nearly half of freed former inmates have no reported earnings in the first several years after leaving prison while half of those who do find work earn less than $10,090 a year.

Formerly incarcerated people are also often denied government benefits because they have criminal records, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

‘I think this really starts to approach, head on, economic injustice in America,’ Ocasio-Cortez told The New York Times last week. We are at our richest point that we’ve ever been, but we’ve also been our most unequal.’

Perhaps one of the more controversial elements of her proposal is to grant those without legal status in the United States unfettered access to social services. ‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law … an individual who is an alien (without regard to the immigration status of that alien) may not be denied any Federal public benefit solely on the basis of the individual’s immigration status,’ her proposal reads.

Read the rest of the story here.

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