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  • The False Choice Of Working Daughters

    Liz O'Donnell by: Liz O'Donnell
    I was riding home from work on the Commuter Rail one night when the train lost power. In the dark, without the hum of the engine, I could hear every detail of my fellow passengers' conversations.
      "Listen honey," I heard a man behind me comforting his wife on the phone, "Take your mother to her doctor's appointment. This is important. If your boss seriously fires you for going, we will deal with it."
      My heart at once broke for the wife and swelled for the husband. How I could relate to her dilemma: go to work or help an elderly parent. And how grateful I was that she, absent the flexibility to both earn a living and have a life, at least had the support of an understanding partner.

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  • Raising The Minimum Wage Will Boost Business

    John Traynor by: John Traynor
    Pennsylvania's minimum wage is stuck in the past and that's bad for business. Set at $7.25 an hour since 2009, Pennsylvania's minimum wage is lower than all six of our neighboring states.
      Our state minimum wage, which amounts to just $15,080 a year for full-time work, is a drag on Pennsylvania's customer base, tax base and economy.
      I own the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, a multi-venue arts and entertainment complex, which includes The Kitchen & Gallery Bar, a 150-seat restaurant. We won the 2016 Tourism Business of the Year award from the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.

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  • Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Despite slight differences, the health-care legislation under consideration in the Senate retains the same sickening goal of its House counterpart: cutting taxes for millionaires, billionaires and big corporations at the expense of working families. These bills are not about ensuring the health of working families, they are designed to increase the wealth of the lucky few.
      Twenty-two million people would lose health coverage under the Senate plan, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The savings would pay for tax cuts of $570 billion, mostly for high-income individuals and big health care companies.

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  • With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons

    Lisa Rosenberg by: Lisa Rosenberg
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines [justice.gov] that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties possible for nonviolent defendants. Those prisoners will have to be incarcerated somewhere, which is perhaps the reason for the Attorney General's February memo reversing an Obama-era directive to phase out the Justice Department's use of private prisons. While the private prison population will likely increase, taxpayers can expect little in terms of accountability in return for footing the bill for government contracts with private prison companies.

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Raising The Minimum Wage Boosts Business

Robert  Olson by: Robert Olson
People are at the heart of our business -- from our employees to our customers.
  As the owner of a life insurance company, I meet with hardworking men and women every day who want to ...



Which Legacy Will We Choose To Bequeath To Our Children?

Hector  Garcia by: Hector Garcia
Most Americans would agree that the great achievements, which validated the claim of the American Century, must continue.
  Most might agree that, if the United States had a formula ...





Demanding Transparency And Fairness From Trump Tax Plan

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente, Sarah Anderson, Jon Green
On April 15, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in cities across the country demanding that President Trump release his tax returns.
  This modicum of transparency has been ...



Fake Data Is Bad For Business

Frank Patiucci by: Frank Patiucci
Press Secretary Sean Spicer told the assembled journalists at a White House press briefing that the president was lying, and laughed about it.
  In reference to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' ...








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The False Choice Of Working Daughters (by: Liz O'Donnell) in the Gilmer Mirror

Raising The Minimum Wage Will Boost Business (by: John Traynor) in the Scranton Times

Senate Health Bill Slashes Medicaid to Cut Millionaires' Taxes (by: Frank Clemente) in the Deseret News

With Sessions' Sentencing Change, It's Time To End Secrecy Around Private Prisons (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Raising The Minimum Wage Boosts Business (by: Robert Olson) in the Carbondale Southern Illinoisan

Which Legacy Will We Choose To Bequeath To Our Children? (by: Hector Garcia) in the Winchester Herald Chronicle

Demanding Transparency And Fairness From Trump Tax Plan (by: Frank Clemente, Sarah Anderson, Jon Green) in the The Hill

Fake Data Is Bad For Business (by: Frank Patiucci) in the San Jose Mercury News

Trump Administration Using Campaign Of Disinformation And Secrecy To Target Immigrants (by: Lisa Rosenberg) in the Augusta Free Press

Don't Give Me A Tax Cut That Cuts Health Care for Others (by: Stephen Prince) in the Nashville Tennessean



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