Trump Unveils Plan for Families in Bid to Win Women’s Votes

Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 8.29.40 AMNICK CORASANITI


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Good Wednesday morning.
Donald J. Trump unveiled a menu of proposals on Tuesday to help working parents, calling for six weeks of mandatory paid maternity leave and expanded tax credits for child care.
The proposals, which Mr. Trump outlined in the politically critical Philadelphia suburbs along with his daughter Ivanka, represent a new attempt to court female voters who polls show have been alienated by his bombast and history of provocative remarks about women.
“It’s pro-family, it’s pro-child, it’s pro-worker,” Mr. Trump said in releasing his plan at a rally Tuesday night. “These are the people we have to take care of.”
Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival, issued her plan more than a year ago, and it guarantees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for a newborn or a sick relative, financed by an increase in taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Under her plan, Mrs. Clinton would cap those costs at 10 percent of a family’s income, relying on tax cuts and subsidies to make up the difference.
Mr. Trump and his daughter spoke about the issue at the Republican National Convention in July, but the candidate had not mentioned it publicly until Tuesday. Mr. Trump faces a potentially record-high gender gap with women, but pushing the proposal so close to the election risks looking slapdash on a serious topic.
Mr. Trump first proposed the child care initiative weeks ago, but he broadened it to help working parents after facing criticism that his initial proposal would primarily help high earners rather than women and families on the lower end of the economic spectrum.
But the new recommendations contained a number of uncertainties, most notably how Mr. Trump would pay for them, and they still favor people with higher incomes. The candidate’s aides said that his goals would be achieved through a change in the tax code to help pay for child care, to be detailed in another speech, probably this week.

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