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Maya Wiley Pitches Plan For ‘Care Economy’ At First Power Breakfast

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Candidate Maya Wiley took center-Zoom on Friday at the first in a series of virtual breakfast meetings between the city’s business, nonprofit, public sector leaders, and the candidates in the 2021 race for mayor.

Wiley used her moment to announce a plan to reduce the burdens placed on women, who have suffered high rates of job losses during the pandemic, by creating a so-called “care economy” that would focus on providing structural and financial support to address the needs of child and elder care .

“Women caretakers must be counted, every single day in every single way, in every single community,” Wiley said.

Her plan, a variation on cash payments to the poor proposed by several other mayoral candidates, involves two main elements. The first would offer annual $5,000 grants to 100,000 of the lowest income New Yorkers to put towards the cost of caring for family members, either to supplement lost income or to offset the cost of paying a provider, including family and friends who provide care.

Wiley’s campaign estimates the program would cost $500 million. The majority of those funds, $300,00, would come from reducing the size of the incoming cadet classes for the NYPD and […]

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