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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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Chicago task force recommends UBI of $1,000/month for struggling families

As if this idea hasn’t been tried and failed, many times.

From MyFoxChicago: Would a universal basic income help to alleviate poverty in Chicago?

Some residents may be about to find out. A new proposal unveiled by a mayoral task force late last week would provide 1,000 struggling Chicagoans with $1,000 per month — no strings attached.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the pilot program, which would cost up to $12 million per year and be funded by the city taxpayers and philanthropic contributions, was recommended as a way to help individuals and families, along with senior citizens, who have a hard time making ends meet.

“Guaranteed income can have powerful effects: significant reductions in poverty; ability to cover an unexpected emergency; improve school attendance; an increase in savings and improvements to health and well-being,” the report states, according to the Sun-Times. “These are goals that every Chicagoan can get behind.”

Universal basic income has been touted by tech executives like Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as a way to deal with the potentially massive job losses resulting from automation and AI in the coming decades. A number of Democrats, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several 2020 candidates, have also voiced support for a universal basic income of some type.

Retiring Alderman Ameya Pawar, who chairs the task force, told the Sun-Times that a lot of public policies aimed at poor people are rooted in discrimination and shame.

“There is this belief in the United States that, if you help poor people, they’ll get addicted to help, when what we know is, if you help poor people and give them cash, they make the same decisions people with money make,” Pawar told the Chicago newspaper.

Read the whole story here.

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