In an age of constant information and clouded reports, it can be hard to get down what a candidate stands for. Given the candidate pool in this election, it can be hard to pinpoint where they fall on the issues. While what they say on a day-to-day basis is definitely important to whether or not he or she receives your vote, paying attention to where they fall on issues can help guide otherwise clouded information.
Here is where all the presidential candidates — according to the Illinois ballot — fall on the issue of the economy.
Hillary Clinton | Democratic Party
Economy: Clinton believes that a “basic fairness” needs to be restored in our tax code, which she wants to do through closing corporate loopholes, cutting taxes for small business and provide tax reliefs for various reasons. Clinton also wants to fix America’s infrastructure as a part of a plan to increase jobs in America, as she believes “strong infrastructure goes hand in hand with a strong economy.” Alongside this idea, she wants to strengthen America manufacturing and pursing tougher trade policies that bring jobs to America.
Gary Johnson | Libertarian Party
Economy: A main idea of the Johnson campaign is to help reduce the national debt through a more balance debt. He wants to cut excess spending in the U.S. His first proposed move as president would be to submit a balanced budget. Johnson also wants to shift the way our tax code looks, ridding tax loops for special-interest groups and taxes on small businesses. He also wants to create a single-consumption tax that determines your tax by how much you spend.
Jill Stein | Green Party
Economy: Stein wants to create “living-wage” jobs for Americans, eliminating the need for unemployment officers and would create employment offices. Stein also sees the need to advance unions and create a fair share of wealth between workers. Stein wants to set federal minimum wage at $15. She labels it as a “just economy” where the government supports small businesses and makes big corporation pay a fair share of taxes. Stein also wants to “guarantee economic human rights” with anti-poverty programs.
Donald Trump | Republican Party
Economy: “Winning the Global Competition” is the way Trump puts his position on the economy at the very beginning of this position. The premise of his economic plan is that all policy must be dedicated to hiring and investing in the American economy. He wants to create a level playing field with the global competition and create jobs here. He wants to accomplish this through tax reform, regulatory reform, trade reform, energy reform and a few other reforms, including repealing Obamacare and crime reform. He tacked these under his economy position.
Some party views line-up, some don’t. Looking at it on paper makes them seem more similar than different. With 60 days left until Election Day, check back each week for new coverage of each issue.
*All information for this article was gathered directly from the candidates’ websites.