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Williamson announces poverty plan with support for universal basic income, $15 minimum wage

Author and 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson on Wednesday released a plan aimed at reducing poverty.

In a press release, Williamson’s campaign outlined the plan, which calls for the U.S. to adopt a nationwide $15 minimum wage and endorses a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 per month.

The plan is funded in part by a 2 percent wealth tax on fortunes greater than $50 million and a 3 percent tax on fortunes greater than $1 billion as well as a “tiny tax” on Wall Street trading.

The plan’s UBI is similar to the one championed by Williamson’s 2020 rival Andrew Yang. Other tenets of the plan include expanding the earned income tax credit and restoring funding to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant program.

Williamson also calls for implementing a public Medicare option, reducing the costs of prescription drugs through government regulation and expanding Social Security benefits, which she said would be paid for by ending the cap on payroll taxes.

Williamson emerged as a star of the early 2020 primary debate season on social media but has since faded in the polls, failing to qualify for the September and October debates. She also does not appear to have qualified for the November debate set for next week.

Her campaign did not immediately return a request for comment on the policies outlined in the press release.

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