Inequality and the Common Good
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Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, co-authored with Felice Yeskel. (New Press, 2005). He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr. Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited fortunes. He is co-author with Mary Wright of The Moral Measure of the Economy, a book about Christian ethics and economic life.
He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good, a network of business leaders, high-income households and partners working together to promote shared prosperity and fair taxation.
In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.
Stop Corporate Tax Dodging: Talking Points and Background Information
March 23 - Most of us pay more in taxes than many U.S. corporations, and corporate tax avoidance has increased dramatically in the last 50 years.
Taxes and the Common Good
March 23 - It's time to reform our tax system -- to quit rewarding obscene wealth, Wall Street gambling, and corporate polluters.
Government Shutdown Imminent; Republicans Unconcerned
March 3 - A government shutdown was averted for two-weeks yesterday after the the Senate passed a spending bill that expires on March 18th. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill said, “The House and the Senate ought to be able to gather together to sit down like adults” and craft a long term solution.