Where the Candidates Stand on Employment & Jobs
If employment and jobs are of paramount importance, who is best equipped to fix the problem—Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Here, we outline the stances of both candidates so you can decide for yourself.
At the top of Clinton’s first-term to-do list is revitalizing the employment market, an undertaking she hopes to accomplish with her 100-Days Jobs Plan. The strategy, which she has touted as “the biggest investment in new good-paying jobs since World War II,” would create 10.4 million jobs during her first term, according to Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi. With this strategy, Clinton has vowed to:
• Invest in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy, putting Americans back to work in industries that rebuild the country.
• Strengthen trade agreement enforcement to keep U.S. jobs from moving overseas.
• Cut taxes and remove red tape to fuel small business growth.
• Dedicate resources to research and innovation that will create new industries of the future.
Trump, who prides himself on having created thousands of jobs as a businessman—upwards of 34,000, according to a CNNMoney analysis—has sworn to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” During a September 15, 2016, speech at the Detroit Economic Club, he shared his plan to add 25 million jobs to the market over the next 10 years. His strategy, albeit devoid of many details, involves:
• Negotiating fair trade deals that will lead to more jobs on U.S. soil.
• Narrowing America’s trade deficit and increasing domestic production.
• Reducing taxes on businesses so products can be sold more easily around the world.
• Replacing bureaucrats who “only know how to kill jobs” with jobs-creation experts.
• Reviewing regulations, like the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and repealing the Obama administration’s executive actions, like the Climate Action Plan, which inhibit hiring.
Clinton has a history of supporting higher minimum wages, havingcosponsored or introduced bills to raise the minimum wage in every session of Congress from 2001 to 2008 as a New York senator. As president, she would push for a $12 federal minimum wage and encourage states and cities where it makes sense to go as high as $15.
Trump’s position on the minimum wage has changed quite frequently over the course of his race to the White House. According to representatives from his campaign, his current stance favors a $10 federal minimum wage and supports the states’ right to set the amount higher if they desire.
In addition to increasing the minimum wage, Clinton has also endorsed closing the gender pay gap. In 2009, she cosponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which provided women with resources to fight workplace discrimination. As president she would work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill she first brought to the table as a senator that would mandate equal pay for women.
Trump has sent mixed messages on equal pay. During the Republican National Convention, his daughter Ivanka Trump addressed the country describing her father’s drive to make equal pay for equal work a reality in the workplace.
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