The Official Community for Tennessee's Democrats
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Democrats propose new tax brackets for millionaires, billionaires
While Congress is primarily focused on cutting spending, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois unveiled a bill to create new, higher tax brackets for Americans making more than $1 million a year.
Currently, the top tax bracket begins at an income of $373,000 per year; income above that level is taxed at 35 percent. Schakowsky contends this fails to distinguish between the "well off" and the superrich, such as a group of hedge fund managers whose average income last year topped $1 billion.
Schakowsky's bill, called the Fairness in Taxation Act, would tax income between $1 million and $10 million at a rate of 45 percent. Income between $10 and $20 million would be taxed at a rate of 46 percent, and income between $20 and $100 million would be taxed at 47 percent.
Income between $100 million and $1 billion would be taxed at a rate of 48 percent, and income over $1 billion would be taxed at 49 percent. For those making over $1 million a year, capital gains and dividends would also be taxed as income.
Schakowsky claims the bill could raise more than $78 billion for the government.
The bill's other co-sponsors include Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Reps. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.); Bob Filner (D-Calif.); Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); John Yarmuth (D-Ken.); and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon).
My comment: I am happy to see the list of co-sponsors I knew Steve Cohen's name ewould be on it. Call/Write some or all and thank them for co-sponsoring this bill.
Info here: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml
Senator Bernie Sanders on Bill Maher
You gotta love Bernie
Poll about collective barganing ........origionally posted by Danny R. Twork
The republicans are using the radio to get people to vote on this topic. It will be used against us. Go to this link and vote to show we need to keep laws as they are.
Copy and paste it to your browser.
Progressives on the move........
Tonight, in New York City's venerable Town Hall, Van Jones, arguably the most visible progressive "organizer" in America, and surely one of the country's best orators, steps up to assume a bigger role -- that of major progressive strategist and visionary. Tonight is Jones' opening gambit in a large-scale, ambitious effort to create what many hope will be the progressives answer to the Tea Party.
14. Tennessee’s HB 1498 / SB 1672: Blocking Construction Workers from the Bargaining Table
In addition to the nationwide landslide of bills attacking prevailing wage, Tennessee passed a law (HB 1498/SB 1672) that also undermines collective bargaining rights for construction workers. The so-called “Freedom in Contracting Act” prohibits state agencies and local government projects using state funds from including a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requirement. PLAs and Labor Peace clauses are often used in government contracting to guarantee that labor disputes don’t cause construction delays, revenue disruptions, or other problems that are costly to taxpayers.
Idaho enacted a similar law early in the session (S 1006), which was promoted as a “Right-to-Work” bill and even included a redundant ban on prevailing wage — redundant because the state had already repealed its prevailing wage law in the 1980s. Building trades unions in the state are mounting a legal challenge to S 1006 and a companion bill (S 1007), alleging they violate the National Labor Relations Act and the Constitution.
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