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  • Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase

    Holly  Sklar by: Holly Sklar
    If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, July 24 will mark five years without an increase since the federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 an hour in 2009.
      Small business livelihoods depend on revenue, not rhetoric. Small business owners know there's a problem when median household income is lower than it was in 2009, adjusted for inflation, but the Dow Jones stock index has soared to record highs -- nearly doubling since July 24, 2009.
      Businesses rely on consumer spending and consumer spending depends heavily on wages.

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  • Here's One Fix for Our Imperfect Marketplace -- Paid Leave

    Mitch Rofsky by: Mitch Rofsky
    As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don't mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class -- with access to some discretionary income.
      There are a variety of ways to lose -- and they're not all bad. The marketplace creates losers of the inefficient or passé. Or the rich who make poor investments. But some consequences are so awful, such as starvation, that we, as a society, will not accept them.

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  • Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction

    Sean Moulton by: Sean Moulton, Ronald White
    In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are serious gaps in federal oversight authority of facilities that house dangerous chemicals. In response, President Obama tasked an interagency working group with developing new guidelines for improving chemical facility safety and ensuring that some federal agency has responsibility for implementing and enforcing new safety guidelines.
      On Friday, June 6, the interagency working group (comprised of the U.

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  • How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure

    Chris Van Hollen by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin
    As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed.
      The first is the increasing -- and troubling -- trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes. Despite the fact that our nation has made significant investments to enable their success -- investments like roads and bridges over which they move their products to consumers -- more and more big corporations are using a legal maneuver to avoid their fair share of taxes. These corporations will combine with a smaller foreign firm and then claim that the combined corporation is no longer American for tax purposes.

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Improving FOIA

Nate  Jones by: Nate Jones
Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribunes Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical ...



It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt

LeeAnn  Hall by: LeeAnn Hall
The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the "Bank on Students Emergency ...





A Jewish Perspective on Taxes and Poverty: Calling for an Army of Angels

Rabbi Menachem Creditor by: Rabbi Menachem Creditor
Here are two related statistics, both of which may surprise you: 1) More than 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, and 2) Every year, poor countries lose more money to tax ...



Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for Exorbitant Executive Bonuses

Lloyd Doggett by: Lloyd Doggett
There is an outrage in our tax code and it's costing you money.
  Federal law currently gives publiclyheld corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge ...








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Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase (by: Holly Sklar) in the Augusta Free Press

Here's One Fix for Our Imperfect Marketplace -- Paid Leave (by: Mitch Rofsky) in the The Hill

Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction (by: Sean Moulton, Ronald White) in the The Hill

How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure (by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin) in the Madison Capital Times

Improving FOIA (by: Nate Jones) in the Battle Creek Enquirer

It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt (by: LeeAnn Hall) in the Trenton Times

A Jewish Perspective on Taxes and Poverty: Calling for an Army of Angels (by: Rabbi Menachem Creditor) in the Crookston Daily Times

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for Exorbitant Executive Bonuses (by: Lloyd Doggett) in the Austin American-Statesman

A Pharmacy's Tax Tricks Could Make You Sick (by: Frank Clemente) in the Pasadena Citizen

How to Get and Keep Women's Attention and Support (by: Terry O'Neill, Don Kraus) in the AL.com



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