Today, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced that she is running for president in 2020. Her platform will be centered on four key areas: taxes, affordable housing, health care, and cash bail reform. Here’s what that would look like if she were to become president.
Last fall, Harris pitched a $2.8 trillion tax plan designed to benefit middle- and working-class families. Under her plan, the IRS would award tax credits that match an individual’s earnings up to $3,000 (or $6,000 for married couples). Those credits would gradually decrease the higher a person’s income. In an effort to incentivize people to work, those with zero income would not receive any of these benefits.
The high cost of rent in major U.S. cities has created a national housing crisis. Harris’ solution is to award tax credits to renters who earn less than $100,000 a year but exhaust more than 30 percent of their wages on rent (utilities included).
“The size of the benefit increases for poorer families and decreases higher up the income distribution,” Business Insider reports. “The credit also would be refundable, meaning taxpayers could receive payments even if their tax liability were $0, and those in particularly expensive areas could earn up to $125,000 and still receive the credit.”
Harris is a proud supporter of “Medicare For All,” a health care bill introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Under Medicare For All, every American would be covered under a single government-run insurer. There would be zero deductibles or premiums.
Cash Bail Reform
Every year, a disproportionate number of poor Americans are forced to sit in jail simply because they cannot afford to make cash bail payments. To fix this issue, Harris has proposed a three-year $10 million grant program that encourages states to find alternatives to their cash bail systems.
“If they’re awaiting trial and they don’t pose a risk, let’s not have the taxpayers foot the bill, especially when a similarly situated person is not in jail because they could write a check,” Harris told American publishing company McClatchy.
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