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  • It's Long Past Time to Close the Loophole

    Jeff Klein by: Jeff Klein, Leo Hindery, Jr.
    The tax code is complicated. It's dense, hard to understand, and sometimes seems pointlessly convoluted. For the most part when we encounter confusing rules or loopholes we know they exist for a legitimate reason. The carried interest loophole, to put it succinctly, does not fall into that category.
      Carried interest gets its name from the medieval tradition of ship captains taking a "cut" of the profits from the sale of the cargo they carried. These captains risked their lives in treacherous and pirate-infested waters "carrying" goods to distant markets.
      Fast forward several centuries, carried interest today refers to a tax loophole that allows investment managers' share of profits to be taxed at the capital gains rate, 15-20 percent, instead of as ordin

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  • How Obamacare Repeal Helps Rich, Hurts Poor

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente, Ron Pollack
    Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) threaten the health care of 30 million Americans and would erode some rare progress made recently to reverse America's growing economic inequality.
      By taxing rich households and big corporations to subsidize health care for working families, the ACA does what good public policy should: level the playing field to give everyone a shot, not just those at the top. Abolishing the ACA would only further tilt the field in favor of the wealthy and well-connected.
      It turns out that taking away health insurance from struggling families can be a windfall for the well-to-do.

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  • Medical Aid in Dying: A Hallmark of Patient-Centered Care

    Barbara Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
    One thing the national election did not change: as the nation's 75 million baby boomers retire, an ever growing number grapple with the reality that people die in circumstances they would not choose. At a time when the country is divided, the election showed one issue unites us: personal choice in end-of-life care.
      The most recent proof? By a nearly 30-point margin, Colorado voters approved a citizen-led End-of-Life Options ballot initiative on Nov. 8. The new law gives terminally ill adults the option to get a doctor's prescription for medication they may decide to take to end unbearable suffering, by dying peacefully in their sleep.

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  • Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy

    Luke Gran by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran
    Anyone can tell you that farming is not easy, especially in a year such as this, with predicted bumper harvests and commodity prices at or below the cost of production. A recent study published by Iowa State University researchers estimated that 27 percent of Iowa's row crop land -- about 6.2 million acres -- lost $100 per acre or more in 2015, due to the high cost of inputs and low commodity prices. That's over $620 million of losses on land that could instead be improving water quality, bird and pollinator habitat, and reducing soil erosion, all while retaining profits in the rural economy.

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An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta

Keith  Griffith by: Keith Griffith
GOULD, Ark.  The last time there was a presidential election in this cotton-farming town of 818, William El-Amin, the former local police chief, noticed something unusual.
  El-Amin ...



Why I Pay Fair Pay Today And Every Day

Kelly  Vlahakis-Hanks by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
At Earth Friendly Products, our passion is making cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, safer for people and pets, and affordable for everyone. We make our plant-powered cleaners at ...





Why It Pays To Be Good

Charlie Crystle by: Charlie Crystle
At the Lancaster Food Co. in Lancaster, our tagline is "Eat Better. For Good."
  It's the "For Good" part I've been thinking a lot about lately as this caustic election year has come to ...



A Conservative Case To Raise The Minimum Wage

Edwin Zoe by: Edwin Zoe
I have been a fiscally conservative Republican since I was a young man because President Ronald Reagan's unshakable optimism in the goodness of America and his message of personal responsibility ...








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It's Long Past Time to Close the Loophole (by: Jeff Klein, Leo Hindery, Jr.) in the New York Daily News

How Obamacare Repeal Helps Rich, Hurts Poor (by: Frank Clemente, Ron Pollack) in the USA Today

Medical Aid in Dying: A Hallmark of Patient-Centered Care (by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan) in the Augusta Free Press

Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy (by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran) in the Des Moines Register

An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta (by: Keith Griffith) in the North Dallas Gazette

Why I Pay Fair Pay Today And Every Day (by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks) in the Newton Daily News

Why It Pays To Be Good (by: Charlie Crystle) in the Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

A Conservative Case To Raise The Minimum Wage (by: Edwin Zoe) in the Colorado Daily

The True (And Incredible) Story Of Hill Staffers On The Industry Payroll (by: Lydia Dennett) in the Ridgway Record

We Need More Sunlight -- Getting Our Candidates To Answer Core Questions On Government Secrecy And Our Right To Know (by: Patrice McDermott) in the Augusta Free Press



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