The story is pretty much the same in conservative state after conservative state: The 1 percent pay a significantly lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than middle-income residents.
A Twitter town hall today seeks to turn a plan that should be considered politically outrageous into politically inevitable – unless, of course, concerned citizens act to make it politically toxic.
Austerity policies have largely set the parameters of the policy debate over how to grow the economy for the past four years. We will need accelerated growth to sustain and build upon the gains that the economy has made.
The website Capital & Main launches a month-long expose on how rampant inequality in California is leaving nearly everyone behind. The series hopes to inform the national progressive movement for economic reform.
What should we make of language in the 2016 budget that puts the administration in opposition to "any measures that privatize or weaken the Social Security system" or "slashes benefits for future generations"?
A former Campaign for America's Future "Progressive Champion" and a libertarian Republican have jointly created a Frankenstein of a plan that pardons corporations for their past tax avoidance.
Flooded streets, broken bridges and overcrowded public transportation make the case for Sen. Bernie Sanders' $1 trillion spending plan. So do the 13 million jobs that the bill would create.
Politicians in both parties and in both houses are coalescing around a plan to pay for transportation improvements by giving corporations a deep tax break on profits they have held overseas.
In a webcast by Progressive Majority and the Campaign for America's Future, a key House Progressive Caucus members urges Democrats to not shy away from policy fights that show them on the side of "the little guy."
The White House today announced the creation of an infrastructure bonds program designed to attract private financing for transportation projects. It's a workaround for the cowardice and obstruction in Washington.
National People's Action is highlighting an effort to "reclaim" the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial holiday from "efforts to soften, sanitize, and commercialize" his legacy.
What U.S. spends on billing and insurance-related costs is enough to provide coverage for every uninsured American and improve coverage for millions of the underinsured, a researcher explains in this interview.
The New York Times notes that in the last four years, the IRS budget "has been cut by 17 percent after taking inflation into account." The passive "has been cut" language begs the question: Who cut the IRS budget?
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has released a "tax fairness plan" that would ensure that people with multimillion-dollar incomes pay their fair share in taxes. Meanwhile, conservatives cling to their tax-cuts-for-corporations agenda.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen released a major tax proposal that he says is "the start of a conversation" about how to raise the incomes of working-class people. And indeed it raises some important issues to talk about.
A protest featuring Rev. William Barber coincided with a report by the Alliance for Quality Education that said that educational inequality had grown to record-setting levels under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The vacuity of conservative arguments against tuition-free community college is actually a sign that President Obama's proposal is a hit to the conservative solar plexus.
Not only have Republicans in recent memory made tentative statements about being "open" to raising the gasoline tax, a group of Republican House members have actually voted to do it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for "different choices ... that put working people first" as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka launches a new effort to mobilize workers for jobs and growth.
House Republicans start the new Congress by declaring that tax cuts defy gravity and that future disability payments should be held hostage to set the stage for Social Security cuts.
The former New York governor's 1984 Democratic Party convention speech captures what Americans who are either treading water or sinking in today's economy need the Democratic Party to stand for.
This proves what some progressive leaders have been saying all along about Obamacare: It should never be viewed as anything other than a first step – one hobbled by political compromises and moneyed interests.
We called on President Obama to take a series of actions to "move good things forward" in the face of a destructive right-wing agenda. Today he took one of the actions on that list.
State and local tax breaks are exploited by wealthy corporations, propping up businesses that generate massive wealth for CEOs and shareholders while keeping wages and benefits down for rank-and-file workers.
With all of the bad stuff that is in the 2015 budget that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what's not in the bill. In an ideal world, it would have been voted down.
We're calling for an all-out push today to stop a backroom deal that would reopen the Wall Street derivatives casino that caused so much damage in 2008, with taxpayers stuck with the bill for cleaning up the mess.
The Wall Street caucus in Congress is trying to slip a major attack on hard-won financial reforms into a spending bill designed to keep the government running. We're asking people to sign an emergency petition.
The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken, a new report concludes, and other countries may have lessons for us to learn.
African Americans still can't fully breathe in America under the smog of racism. It permeates our institutions and inhibits the ability of all of us to breathe. We may not all recognize it, but this is poisoning us all.
Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will need to be replenished before then end of 2016. Will Republicans have the governance capacity to make a small adjustment to extend the life of the program?
The major tax break that was about to be left off the "make permanent" list in the "tax extenders" bill President Obama threatened to veto last week – the Earned Income Tax Credit – disproportionately benefits rural families.
Public opinion right now actually is tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this weekend as Hillary Clinton was advocating a cautious brand of populism in New York City.
With a new book and lessons from the Senate race in North Carolina, Rev. William Barber II is undaunted in his effort to build the Moral Monday movement that shook the state's political establishment.
The New York City mayor offers a blunt critique of the midterm elections and shows how cities can set the pace for a progressive transformation of our national politics.
Walmart avoids paying on average $1 billion a year in federal taxes through aggressively exploiting tax loopholes, according to a report released today by Americans for Tax Fairness.
Why do private equity companies want to tap 401(k) accounts? Economist Eileen Appelbaum of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains what's behind this recent development.
It pays to remember the work Congress is not doing to ensure corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Some of the consequences are laid out in a report on CEO compensation and corporate taxes released today.
There is a demand in the electorate for candidates who are advancing populist themes, said the woman who challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the left earlier this year.
The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.