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  • The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Isn't a Threat to Business, but Crumbling Infrastructure Is

    Scott Klinger by: Scott Klinger
    Our country's once-robust infrastructure has played a vital role in the success of our economy. Roads, bridges, and transportation systems are the heart and blood of commerce and give consumers easy access to goods and services. Our public schools produce the next generation of workers.
      Infrastructure has never been a partisan issue in this country; everyone knows it is essential. Unfortunately, paying for these investments seems to have become a partisan fault line.
      The need is pressing: funding for highway construction is set to run out. Congress is scrambling to find $10 billion to keep road repair crews on the job through the fall.

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  • Congress Rewards Corporations While Punishing the American People

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Congress keeps feeding big corporations huge tax cuts they don't deserve, even as it starves average Americans of the services and investments they need. The latest example of this indefensible policy is a $182 billion corporate tax giveaway the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved. It comes after Congress passed a budget earlier this month that slashes $5 trillion from benefits and services that help working families get by and get ahead.
      This huge tax cut would make permanent a break corporations get for research and development (R&D) costs. The R&D tax credit has been around for years, but only on a "temporary" basis that's been repeatedly extended.

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  • Business Benefits from Higher Minimum Wage

    Amy Edelman by: Amy Edelman
    As owner of Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe, I know we need to raise the minimum wage, and we need to act now. It's good for my business, customers and our economy.
      My perspective is grounded in 15 successful years as a small business owner. I own and operate Night Kitchen Bakery in Philadelphia with my husband. Weve more than doubled our staff and grown our business every year over the past 15 years. The wages and benefits we offer our employees are central to our success.
      All our employees start well above the current Pennsylvania minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

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  • The 'Buzz' About Bees

    Lex Horan by: Lex Horan
    Although the "buzz" about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy.
      The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have failed to act with force on one of the key causes of pollinator declines: neonicotinoid pesticides.
      As the time approaches for the White House Task Force to announce its decision, it's more important than ever that the EPA and USDA act transparently to protect honey bees from pesticides.

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Don't Change Eligibility for Death-with-Dignity Laws

Barbara  Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee
Thanks in large part to Brittany Maynard's very public utilization of the nations first death-with-dignity law in Oregon and advocacy for similar laws nationwide, it is now the model for bills ...



What are we really doing when we restrict an already safe procedure?

Willie  Parker by: Willie Parker
Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy ...





Now is the Time for Sunlight on Trade

Celia Wexler by: Celia Wexler
[P]opular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both...And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must ...



Sexual Assault Awareness

Lisa Maatz by: Lisa Maatz
Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their ...








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The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Isn't a Threat to Business, but Crumbling Infrastructure Is (by: Scott Klinger) in the The Hill

Congress Rewards Corporations While Punishing the American People (by: Frank Clemente) in the The Hill

Business Benefits from Higher Minimum Wage (by: Amy Edelman) in the Ridgway Record

The 'Buzz' About Bees (by: Lex Horan) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Don't Change Eligibility for Death-with-Dignity Laws (by: Barbara Coombs Lee) in the Portland Oregonian

What are we really doing when we restrict an already safe procedure? (by: Willie Parker) in the Corpus Christi Caller Times

Now is the Time for Sunlight on Trade (by: Celia Wexler) in the The Hill

Sexual Assault Awareness (by: Lisa Maatz) in the Centre Daily Times

No Tax Cuts For the 0.2 Percent! (by: Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield) in the USA Today

Hydrogen Fuel Cell (by: Denis Hayes) in the Augusta Free Press



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