Andrew Yang is an attorney and entrepreneur. He founded or worked for a variety of startups and created the fellowship program Venture for America, which seeks to help create the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Has centered his campaign around the idea of a universal basic income.
- Has advocated for a “human-centered capitalism” that stresses that markets are a means to serve the needs of people.
On the Issues
Jobs: In an effort to mitigate job loss from technology, would institute a form of universal basic income called a “Freedom Dividend” in which everyone 18 or older receives $1,000 per month. Also stresses the importance of rebuilding national infrastructure.
Criminal Justice: Wants to address mass incarceration by ending for-profit, private prisons, emphasizing treatment rather than incarceration for drug crimes and increasing accountability for white collar crimes.
Children/Families: Believes in minimum leave policy of four weeks per year for full-time workers and contractors who work consistently for the same company. Also supports free marriage counseling to increase family stability.
“What does Andrew Yang believe? Where the candidate stands on 5 issues” (PBS: 3/19/2019)