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Of Course This Happened in Illinois. Why Wouldn’t It?

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Members of the Bet on Main Street Coalition walked to the Illinois State Capitol on May 8 to speak to lawmakers. The group, funded by the video gambling industry, opposes a tax increase on video gambling. (Whitney Curtis, special to ProPublica Illinois) Anyway, this is all to say, please ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit […]

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Mitch McConnell Is a Master Troll Trump Hasn’t Pardoned the War Criminals Yet, But His Message Is Clear New Report Warns Planet May Be Warming Twice as Fast as Expected Trump Administration Separates Some Migrant Mothers From Their Newborns With No Wage Growth, Study Shows Trump Tax Cuts Are for Oligarchs Why Abortion Polling Is […]

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How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Trump Appointed Fossil Fuel Insiders to Federal Agencies. It’s Backfiring. I’ve Seen Goldman Sachs From the Inside. We Need Public Banks. Megacorporations Want More Ocean Farms. That’s a Huge Mistake. Climate Campaigners Stage One of France’s Largest Acts of Civil Disobedience How Congress Can Follow Up on the Incomplete and Redacted Mueller Report Nurses Are […]

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The Missing Millions: Some States Are Still Waiting for the Gambling Windfall

April 10, 2019           |                                       

1. Some states are still waiting for the millions of dollars promised from legal sports betting. Several states, hoping for financial windfalls, quickly legalized sports betting after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling laid the groundwork in May 2018. So far, revenue results have been mixed, though sports betting in these states became legal less than […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses the crowd during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Dome event in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 21, 2019. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images Why hasn’t Bernie Sanders just released his damn tax returns already? It’s a question that’s something of a Rorschach test for Democratic primary voters. For veterans […]

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by Dharna Noor UPDATE April 3, 2019, 6:15 PM: The legislation has officially been changed to completely remove water bills from the tax sale equation, according to a representative from Senator Mary Washington’s office. Washington’s office obtained an opinion from Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, who confirmed that the legislation should mean that “water and […]

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By Ralph NaderMarch 27, 2019 Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent almost two years to produce a $25 million report that is a flat tire. Still unreleased in full to the American people, Trump’s acolyte, Attorney General William Barr, a longtime friend of Republican Mueller, gave us what Trump long craved—by stating that “the investigation did […]

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Coal Tax Cut Endangers Funds for Black Lung Treatment

March 20, 2019           |                                       

COEBURN, Va.—Former coal miner John Robinson’s bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a tax on coal that helps […]

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Times of crises are all too often capitalised on by the right as an opportunity to bulldoze through an agenda of privatisation, deregulation and austerity, with corrosive implications for our economy and social fabric. Far from taking back control, the Tories’ Brexit dream is one in which Britain leads a race to the bottom, and […]

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Democrats on Tuesday proposed a tax on Wall Street transactions which could stop another financial crash and bring in $777 billion over the next decade. “The Wall Street Tax Act would tax the sale of stocks, bonds, and derivatives at 0.1 percent,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hi.), who introduced the bill (pdf) with U.S. Senator […]

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Financial Transactions Tax Bill Will Spur Significant Gains in Efficiency and Revenue, CEPR Economist Says

March 5, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)’s Senior Economist, Dean Baker, issued the following statement regarding financial transaction tax bills introduced to the House and Senate today: “The Wall Street Tax Act, introduced today in the Senate by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and it’s companion bill, the Putting Main Street First Act, […]

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By Dharna Noor Maryland’s House of Delegates unanimously (138-0) approved on Thursday a bill to stop Baltimore residents from losing their homes and churches at tax sale due to debt from unpaid water bills. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Nick Mosby, seeks to completely remove water bills from the tax sale process. But as first reported […]

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Way, way back in 2009 as Facebook was celebrating its fifth anniversary, CEO Mark Zuckerberg blogged that the company was founded “to give people the tools to engage and understand the world around them.” In the 10 years since then, Facebook’s user base has multiplied more than 10 times. But instead of giving people the […]

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