Blasio calls for “an
economic policy that combats inequality,” lest New York City “become
little more than a playground for the rich, where
millions upon millions of New Yorkers struggle ... to keep their
heads above water.”
Asserting that “the
city is not providing sufficient assistance” to aspiring immigrant
entrepreneurs, he advocates “greater outreach” to rectify that
Blasio favors an increase in taxes on high earners, to raise the funds
needed to “dramatically expand after-school programs for all middle-school students, and to create truly universal pre-K programs.”
He calls for reduced class sizes at
all levels of education.
to “make free school lunch available to all public school children
at most city schools,” so as to allow students “to eat free of
charge and free of stigma.”
Throughout his political career, de
Blasio has promoted ever-increasing amounts of “affordable
housing”—i.e., taxpayer subsidies to cover rental
expenses for low-income people.
He believes that “when neighborhoods are rezoned,... developers should be required to build
affordable housing for low- and middle-income families in return, a
concept known as mandatory inclusionary zoning.”
De Blasio advocates the enactment
of national and state DREAM Act legislation, which would enable
illegal immigrants who first came to the U.S. as minors to access federal
and state financial aid for their post-secondary education; to attend
college at the reduced tuition rates normally reserved for in-state
legal residents; and to earn conditional permanent residency and a
path to citizenship.
He favors a city-backed ID card that would “allow
all residents—including undocumented immigrants—to access basic
services like opening a bank account or signing an apartment lease.”
He calls for allowing illegals to have
access to driver’s licenses and taxpayer-funded health care.
As a City Council member, de Blasio passed
legislation that removed barriers to food stamp enrollment; the new
rules allowed application submissions by alternate means and waived
face-to-face interviews if they presented a hardship for the
applicant. He also advanced
legislation requiring the Human Resources Administration to provide
language-assistance and translation services for non-English speakers
applying for government benefits.
Public Advocate, he demanded that New York City discontinue its use of
fingerprint imaging for food stamp applicants.
Today de Blasio laments that
“too many families”—including children of “undocumented
parents”—“don’t even know they qualify for assistance
programs.” To rectify this, he calls for an expansion of “media
and public outreach campaigns to increase participation in all income
and food assistance programs.”
Condemning what he characterizes as widespread “pay discrimination” against women, de Blasio maintains that, on average, employers in NYC “pa[y] women only 85 cents on every dollar earned by men.”
supporter of Planned
Parenthood as a “vital organization,” he pledges “to
ensure that all women in New York City have access to quality
reproductive health care.” For low-income women, such care would be subsidized by taxpayers.