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Andrew Yang

Democrat

• Age at Inauguration: 45
• Experience: Stargiving.com VP (2000-2001); Founder of Venture for America; Manhattan Prep CEO (2006-2017)
• Education: Brown University (BA), Columbia University (JD)
• Interesting Fact: Yang wrote two books about universal basic income and entrepreneurship

Key Platform Points

• Plan for universal basic income would give every citizen 18 years old or older $1,000 per month
• Supports Medicare for All
• Move towards Human-Centered Capitalism

Economy and Taxes

• Universal Basic Income Plan - Every American over 18 will receive $1,000 per month regardless of income or job status
• Implement a Value-Added Tax at 10%, a consumption tax placed on a product whenever value is added at each stage of the supply chain
• Introduce system allowing Americans to file taxes automatically
• Create a 0.1% financial transaction tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and derivatives
• Raise capital gains taxes to same rate as ordinary income
• Opposes the tariffs implemented by the Trump administration
• Eliminate the penny
• Leave the minimum wage up to the states
• Proposed to spend $1 trillion over five years on unspecified infrastructure
• Believes relieving businesses of health care costs will spur entrepreneurship
• Create a new measurement instad of GDP that better reflects the nation's health and well-being

Corporations

• Introduce a 10% value-added tax on corporations
• Staple goods would be taxed at a lower rate or excluded while luxury goods would face a higher rate
• Supports breaking up big tech companies like Google and Facebook
• Federal government should prevent corporations from shopping around to see which states can offer them the best tax breaks
• Supports artificial intelligence regulation
• Users should have property rights to their data, allowing them to opt out of data collection, see if a website has information on them, request for their data to be deleted, and move it to another site
• Will not accept corporate PAC, weapon manufacturer, or fossil fuel industry donations for his campaign

Criminal Justice and Drugs

• Shift federal drug policy away from punishment and towards treatment
• Review the severity of felony laws
• Supports legalization of marijuana federally
• Fund programs to re-integrate former prisoners in society
• Decriminalize opioid use and increase funding to rehab programs through a tax on opioid manufacturers
• Abolish cash bail
• Eliminate private prisons
• Invest in police officer body cameras and in non-lethal weaponry that can be used to de-escalate police conflicts
• Grant all formerly incarcerated people the right to vote
• Abolish the death penalty
• Reform mandatory minimum sentencing

Education

• Make two-year community college education free or extremely low-cost
• Allow students to opt into a plan to repay their student debt through pledging 10% of their salary per year for ten years, after which the balance would be forgiven
• Ensure that the government does not profit one cent from student loans
• Ask schools to forgive in part or in whole the debts of those who do not graduate
• Increase teacher salaries
• Expand the amount of technical and vocational education available in high schools and colleges
• Supports early childhood education for all
• Incentivize four-year colleges to reduce their tuition costs
• Encourage highly selective schools to expand their existing class sizes
• Tax universities with large endowments to build new universities

Environment

• Supports the Green New Deal
• Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and increase its enforcement
• Supports investment in cutting-edge technologies that could slow down the pace of climate change
• Increase the EPAs involvement in regulating carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy
• Supports setting a carbon tax and dividend to push companies to reduce their emissions
• Improve protection of national lands by refusing to sell it to states for for-profit extraction
• Quintuple the budget for the U.S. Forest Service, and specifically tailor it to focus on fire prevention
• Supports new nuclear power development
• Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

Foreign Policy

• Strengthen NATO alliances
• Focus on fixing problems at home instead of spending trillions of dollars abroad
• Only pursue foreign investments or aid that will help Americans
• Improve relationship with China, specifically by cooperating with them on climate change, AI, and North Korea
• Supports the Iran nuclear deal

Government Reform

• Give every American $100 a year to give to candidates of their choice
• Keep the Electoral College
• Supports DC and Puerto Rico statehood
• Open to eliminating the Senate filibuster
• Open to adding justices to the Supreme Court
• Limit Supreme Court justices to 18-year terms
• Return authority to declare war to Congress
• End partisan gerrymandering
• Supports automatic voter registration and lowering the voting age from 18 to 16
• Modernize and secure existing election infrastructure
• Overturn Citizens United v. FEC
• Make Election Day a national holiday
• Supports voting via mobile devices
• Improve our political rhetoric by calling out leaders that use dehumanizing language

Gun Control

• Create tiered gun licensing system with universal background checks:
• To buy a hunting rifle or handgun, you must pass a safety course
• To buy a semi-automatic rifle, you must be 21 and pass an advanced gun safety course
• To buy advanced weaponry, fingerprint submission to the FBI and yearly training is required
• Implement and fund a voluntary weapons buyback program
• Supports red flag laws
• Close the "gun show loophole"
• Incentivize gun manufacturers to develop new gun safety technology
• Prohibit the sale of any after-market alteration, such as suppressors

Health Care

• Supports creating Medicare for All immediately
• Supports keeping private insurance, for now
• Expand mental health service accessibility
• Supports giving the federal government the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare
• Use global averages as a baseline for prescription drug prices
• Supports having the federal government produce and sell generic drugs at lower prices
• Supports importing drugs from other countries
• Mandatory 9 months of paid paternal leave per couple and at least 6 months for a single parent
• Press charges against pharmaceutical executives who use misleading marketing techniques or take shortcuts through the testing and approvals process
• Allow undocumented immigrants to be covered under a government-run health plan at an added price

Immigration

• Supports an 18-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants without criminal records, including DREAMers
• Invest in new technology to help secure the southern border
• Supports wall funding if border security experts recommend it
• Expand visa programs to attract skilled immigrants
• Restore the number of legal immigrants received to the same amount during the Obama administration
• Increase the number of refugees accepted annually
• Change crossing the border from a criminal offense to a civil offense
• Increase funding to courts so that asylum claims can be processed in a timely manner, limiting the need for detention centers
• Supports increasing foreign aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in an effort to reduce the flow of asylum seekers to the U.S.
• Keep ICE as it is

LGBTQ+ Rights

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports government funding to aid LGBTQ+ citizens that have faced discrimination
• Expand protections to keep LGBTQ+ Americans safe from discrimination

National Security & Veterans Affairs

• Supports same-sex marriage
• Supports government funding to aid LGBTQ+ citizens that have faced discrimination
• Expand protections to keep LGBTQ+ Americans safe from discrimination

Social Security & Welfare

• Wants opt-in retirement accounts with defined contributions
• Universal Basic Income will help reduce problems of welfare and unemployment
• Enable the U.S. Postal Service to offer basic banking services at low rates around the country
• Federal government should give each working-age American $100 per year to donate to a 501(c)3 non-profit
• Against cutting Social Security
• Support single parents in the raising of their children
• Invest in communal housing specifically for single parents to be able to pool resources are caregiving
• Form a commission to consider reparations proposals for African Americans

Women's Rights

• Pro-choice stance
• Support a woman’s right to choose in every circumstance
• Provide affordable contraception access
• Appoint judges who support a woman’s right to choose
• Supports equal pay regardless of gender and race

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