BUDGET & SPENDING:
Yang’s signature proposal is universal basic income, which would give every American $1,000/month regardless of circumstance. This is perhaps the most radical welfare proposal of the field.
Yang, despite his robust issues page, has not taken a stance on this issue, though his stance on other issues indicates he would be an ally against increased surveillance.
To fund his universal basic income plan, Yang has proposed a 10 percent value-added tax, a carbon tax, increased taxes on capital gains, and new taxes on financial transactions.
Yang plans to substitute existing farm subsidies with his plan to give out $1,000 per month to every American. This is a far more expensive plan, and it’s unclear if he would actually end subsidies.
Yang has criticized US involvement abroad, but still claims it is necessary to project our values to the globe. He’s also wavered on whether he’d be willing to roll back wasteful military spending.
Yang has said trade deals contribute to massive job loss, but says most can be attributed to automation. He’s expressed a willingness to re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Yang has endorsed a Medicare for All system and has repeatedly said that Obamacare did not go far enough.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM:
Yang’s proposal focuses on recidivism reduction and reducing the current prison population. He wants to emphasize treatment rather than punishment for nonviolent offenders.
WELFARE & ENTITLEMENTS:
Yang’s universal basic income is perhaps the most expensive proposal of any candidate. This welfare proposal would give $1,000/month to all Americans.
TECH & TELECOMMUNICATIONS:
Yang has tried to pour cold water on criticism of tech companies. He has, however, attributed job losses to developments in the tech space. His concrete stances are yet unclear.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Yang has claimed it is too late to save the world and people “need to get to higher ground.” Nevertheless, his proposal spends $4.87 trillion over 20 years, and includes wildfire and hurricane prevention.
To the extent that Steyer talks about education policy, he supports free 2-year college programs for all.
Yang has been very vague on most immigration proposals. He does acknowledge there is an issue with illegal crossings and suggests we work with Mexico to resolve it.