Marching for Trump Tax Transparency

Marching for Trump Tax Transparency

Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to release his past tax returns, once they were no longer being audited. But those promises have failed to materialize, and Trump appears to have no plans to release his 2016 returns either. This makes him the first president in 40...
A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

After the failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the Trump administration has set its sights on its next big project: so-called “tax reform.” And the “reform” they seek appears guaranteed to elicit disdain from all sides — with the notable...

A Window Opens Into Trump’s Tax Returns

Rachel Maddow has broken a blockbuster story with an exclusive interview with David Cay Johnston, a reporter who received a leaked copy of President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax return in his mailbox. The two-page 1040 individual tax return shows that Trump paid...
Minimum Wage Increases Won Big in 2016

Minimum Wage Increases Won Big in 2016

The electoral college has spoken, and the White House as well as Congress are firmly in the hands of the Republican Party, with Donald Trump at their helm. Not all election news was terrifying, however. Voters in several states, including some red ones, cast votes for...
New President Must Make Tax Reform a Top Priority

New President Must Make Tax Reform a Top Priority

In a few short weeks, this election will be over, and the task of governing will fall on the winning candidate and the reshuffled Congress. At the top of the list of issues to address in the early months of 2017 should be reforming our broken tax code. Why should tax...
America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap Is No Accident

Party platforms are dense and often morosely boring documents filled with wonkish policy proposals and partisan jeers at the other side. At over 40 pages, this year’s Democratic Party platform lives up to its predecessors in length and ennui. However, it also includes...
Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” Proposal is Anything But

Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” Proposal is Anything But

We just knew that House Speaker Paul Ryan’s latest tax reform proposal was going to be bad for working families. Year after year, after all, Ryan has been bringing forward – in the name of fiscal conservatism – some variation of a plan to take from the poor and...
These States are Taking Tax Reform into Their Own Hands

These States are Taking Tax Reform into Their Own Hands

States across the country are taking on the issue of tax fairness with vigor, looking to raise significant revenue and put a halt to the growing economic divide. Revenue raising campaigns in California, Massachusetts, and Oregon want to increase taxes on millionaires...
How to Redistribute Wealth—Without the Guillotine

How to Redistribute Wealth—Without the Guillotine

I stumbled into the crowded bookstore on a cold winter day a few years ago, rushing to catch a glimpse of the author speaking in the back. As is my custom, I was late and his speech was well underway. The question and answer began and someone in the crowd asked...
Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too

Wall Street Should Pay a Sales Tax, Too

In case there was any doubt, the presidential election fight has confirmed that blasting Wall Street, even eight years after the financial crisis, is still a vote-getter. Hillary Clinton has said she’d like to jail more bankers. Donald Trump has skewered the hedge...
Kasich is No Moderate on Inequality

Kasich is No Moderate on Inequality

As media pundits and mainstream conservatives begin to realize that Donald Trump is beyond likely to be the Republican nominee for President, the search for a viable alternative remains fruitless. Throughout the race, Ohio Governor John Kasich has tried to present...