New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has enjoyed success in his city on several progressive issues such as universal pre-K, raising the minimum wage and expanding paid sick leave for workers.
Here are his current positions on these key issues:
Education: De Blasio said at the first Democratic debate that the party should support “free public college for our young people.” Under de Blasio, New York City created a universal public pre-K system, which he’s held out as a success.
Health care: De Blasio argues that health care should be a right and supports moving to a government-run system like “Medicare for All” — which would create a national government-backed health care plan — as well as abolishing private health insurance. He has said he supports state moves to create public health programs in the absence of a federal system.
Climate crisis: De Blasio supports the Green New Deal, the broad plan to address renewable-energy infrastructure and climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and in April announced a $14 billion version for New York. New York City’s plan aims to cut carbon emissions by 40% from the 2005 baseline by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. De Blasio also supports the Paris climate agreement and signed an executive order to hold New York City to the standards of the agreement.
Gun violence: De Blasio is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition organized by Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control group largely financed by de Blasio’s predecessor Michael Bloomberg. In June, de Blasio called on New York City’s pension funds to divest from makers of so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Immigration: De Blasio has taken concrete steps in New York to extend services and civil protections to undocumented immigrants, including granting them access to city ID cards and free legal advice. He has campaigned for immigration revisions, including giving some undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children a pathway to citizenship.
Economy: He’s expressed support for repealing Trump’s 2017 tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations. In July, he introduced a “Fair Share” tax plan that includes a tax on assets over $10 million, a tax of 50%-60% on inheritances worth more than $1 million and an increase in top marginal tax rates on income to 50% for incomes between $1 million and $2 million and 60% for incomes over $2 million. He would also impose a one-time tax of 40% on assets above $50 million for anyone who renounces their US citizenship – what he calls a “turncoat tax.” He is calling for a $15 minimum hourly wage, paid sick leave and stronger worker protections through his 21st Century Workers Bill of Rights.