- Help Families With Day Care
- Paid Family/Maternity Leave is A Must
- Equal Pay For Equal Work
40% of Americans face the impossible task of raising their families on less than $20,000 per year. As a new father, I know how big a part child care plays in our finances.
Helping families with child care and paid parental leave are both things we need to address. Donald Trump touched on these things on the campaign trail, and he was right to promise it, but now we need to see some action. He's attempting to follow through to some extent with Ivanka's help, but their solutions miss the mark.
Instead of allowing a tax write-off for child care, which would mostly help the people who don't need it, and unpaid maternity leave, I'd support ideas like Ajay Chaudry's plan to combat inequality, which centers on a child care "assurance" that provides all families with a child under 5 with financial assistance to make good child care affordable.
Public schools are there for our kids when they reach school age, we should be prepared to help with the young ones as well. Helping families as much as we can with the financial burden of having a child would even help with the decision of unplanned pregnancies, a difficult issue I know is at the top of the minds of many Tennesseans.
And a complementary policy for working parents to have 12 to 16 weeks per family of partially paid, job-protected leave at the birth or adoption of a child would go a long way also. Paid maternity leave should’ve happened years ago. The fact that we’re one of the only countries without it is an embarrassment.
California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island do it. Tennessee women deserve it too. It's time for the rest of the country to catch up. It’s the right thing to do.