Blueprint for a fairer Europe: “manifesto for the democratisation of Europe” says EU institutions are stuck in “a technocratic impasse” that benefits the rich.

The Guardian, Dec 10, 2018.   The budget would be worth 4% of the EU’s GDP – four times the current budget. Funds would be raised from four sources: an extra 15% levy on corporate profits, tax increases on individuals earning more than €100,000, a wealth tax on personal fortunes above €1m, and a tax on carbon emissions. The money would …

Latest discussion on carbon taxes

https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/416067-gas-at-240-per-gallon-ipcc-report-lays-out-high-cost-of-carbon The IPCC claims in its latest report that action must be taken to avert global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century — a benchmark it says comes with costly climate consequences. Its recommendation: a carbon tax of as much as $200 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to an astonishing $27,000 per ton by 2100.  For American …

Polls show public supports leftist demands

Excerpt from In These Times, 8 Nov 2018 Alongside the push by social movements and progressive legislators for a more egalitarian politics, Democratic voters are moving decidedly left on issues ranging from immigration to race to economics. Republican policies like massive tax cuts for the rich, repealing Obamacare and cutting Social Security, meanwhile, are fantastically unpopular. A third of Senate Democrats (the most ever) …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Here’s What We Could Have If We Slashed the Military Budget

September 24, 2018 | Lindsay Koshgarian Originally in Jacobin The Pentagon is set to receive $717 billion in 2019 — more than half of the roughly trillion-dollar annual budget. That level of Pentagon funding is immense by any standard. Next year’s budget will be roughly twice the size of military appropriations in the mid-1990s, before George W. Bush and his twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

Taibbi: Bernie Sanders’ Anti-Amazon Bill Is an Indictment of the Media, Too

In going after Jeff Bezos, Bernie Sanders tries to shame the press into seeing a problem hiding in plain sight MATT TAIBBI in Rolling Stone Jeff Bezos and Bernie Sanders Cliff Owen/AP/REX Shutterstock, Rogelio V. Solis/AP/REX Shutterstock This new piece of legislation sounds audacious at first. It tells companies like Amazon: if you pay your workers so poorly that they have to …

Congestion tolling with mileage-based user fees or a VMT tax better for low income drivers

By Chet Edelman, September 17th, 2018 in News in SSTI, Tags: congestion pricing, equity, VMT fees,  Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder? While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at Purdue University has found that a less onerous tax alternative may exist—one that combines …

Two-thirds of the U.S. corporations that rake in the most federal tax dollars, either via contracts or subsidies, pay their CEOs more than 100 times what they pay their median workers

By Chuck Collins, Inequality This Week (Labor Day 2018) inequality@ips-dc.org At the Institute for Policy Studies, we’ve been worrying about the wild divide between how companies treat their CEOs and their workers for well over two decades now. My colleagues Sarah Anderson and Sam Pizzigati have just released our 25th annual Executive Excess report. The study’s key finding: Two-thirds of the …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

How inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other, eroding our mental health

By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson on Common Dreams and OpenDemocracy.net, 14 Aug 2018 We’ve known for a long time that inequality causes a wide range of health and social problems, including everything from reduced life expectancy and higher infant mortality to poor educational attainment, lower social mobility and increased levels of violence.(Photo: Flickr/mSeattle. CC BY 2.0.) When people are asked what matters most for their …