Campaign ’08: What the Candidates are Promising American Families

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What The Candidates Are promising American Families.

Senator Hillary Clinton (D)
Plans to expand FMLA to cover businesses with 25 or more employees (13 million additional employees), to provide grants to support workplace flexibility and telecommuting options, and to raise the minimum wage. She aims to require that all employers provide seven paid sick days per year, and wants to ensure better access to affordable child care
Senator John McCain (R)
Plans to encourage employers to offer flextime scheduling, compensation, and unpaid leave for family emergencies. He also plans to offer federal tax incentives to help families save for college. In a 2004 Project Vote Smart survey, McCain supported increasing funding for national job-training programs and providing tax credits for businesses with child care (in 2008, however, he refused to provide responses to the same survey). He voted against raising the federal hourly minimum wage to $7.25, and voted to allow states to opt out of future federal minimum wage increases.

Senator Barack Obama (D)
Plans to expand FMLA to cover businesses with 25 or more employees, and cover more purposes such as leave for elder-care needs, addressing domestic violence, and allowing parents up to 24 hours each year to participate in children”s school activities. He aims to require employers to provide seven paid sick days per year, and to create a tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family, which eliminate income taxes for 10 million low-income Americans. He plans to raise the minimum wage, indexing it to inflation; to provide a $1.5 billion fund to encourage states to adopt programs like California’s Paid Family Leave and to help offset their costs; and to expand flexible work arrangements by raising awareness among business about the benefits of flexibility.


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