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Jacobin: A Starting Point The Success of Minimum-Wage Ballot Initiatives Shows the First Steps for Building a Left Platform Under Trump.

“But how do we make sense of these votes, in light of the Republican landslide? On the one hand, the minimum wage victories show us, once again, the disconnect between what voters want on the issues and what they vote for in candidates.

Polls have consistently shown for the last several decades that voters approve of higher minimum wages. (While there were notable problems with pre–Election Day presidential polling this year, it appears that the polls on these were more accurate: these measures were expected to win in all cases). At the same time, major candidates from both parties have rejected or sought to downplay the issue.”

 

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Huffington Post: Raising The Minimum Wage Is A Really, Really Popular Idea

“Fifty-three percent of all Americans say that raising the minimum wage will help workers, while just a third see the idea as a negative.

Proposals to raise the minimum hourly wage to $10.10, $12 and $15 are all popular, but there’s more backing for a smaller wage hike. Sixty-six percent of Americans support a $10.10 federal minimum wage; 59 percent support $12 and 48 percent support $15.

Public support for a $15 minimum has remained roughly steady since last summer, although advocates have racked up legislative victories in New York and California, which both announced plans for a minimum wage hike.”

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PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES: RELEASE YOUR TAX RETURNS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Frank Garvey,
Time for a Raise Campaign
202-387-8030
[email protected]

 

Washington- January 18, 2016 – Today, Frank Garvey, organizer for Time for a Raise, called on the 2016 candidates who have not released their income tax returns to do so before the Iowa Caucuses On February 1st, 2016.

All the Democratic candidates have released their tax returns, but only approximately half of the Republicans have released some of their returns. While Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina have released all of their most recent returns, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Rick Santorum have only released partial tax returns, and none from the past four years.

Five Republicans, Ben Carson, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and current front-runner Donald Trump have not released any of their tax returns.

Tax returns are vital to showing the financial entanglements of the presidential candidates, as well as their financial investments. This is especially important as many of the GOP candidates propose policies that will destroy the social safety net for working families.

Ben Carson has announced a 14.9% flat tax plan that would hike taxes for the nation’s most vulnerable.

Rand Paul’s plan would similarly institute a 15% flat tax.

Donald Trump’s tax plan would cut the tax rate for the wealthiest Americans from 39.6% to 15%. Don’t the American people deserve to know how much Mr. Trump stands to gain from his own economic policies?

Mike Huckabee has proposed abolishing the IRS in favor of a National Sales Tax, which would disproportionately hurt lower-class families.

Jim Gilmore wants to cut the tax burden for the wealthiest Americans down from 39.6% to 25%.

All of the candidates who haven’t released their tax returns have proposed plans that would adversely affect the working class. None of these […]

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Boost minimum wage, help the economy

“What destroys a society is when people can’t afford to live in it.”

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CNBC: Where the Candidates Stand on the Minimum Wage

From the Make it Work Campaign

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Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson: Wrong on Wages

DONALD TRUMP AND DR. BEN CARSON, WRONG ON WAGES

Washington, DC- November 11, 2015 – In last night’s debate, front runners Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson stated they oppose increasing the federal minimum wage.

When asked if he supported raising the minimum wage, Donald Trump said “We don’t win anymore. Our taxes are too high, wages too high — we’re not going to be able to compete against the world.”

“Mr. Trump, who has an annual income of approximately $250 Million according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, fails to recognize that the problem with wages isn’t at the bottom, but at the top. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CEOs in the United States earn over 350 times as much as the average worker. In Germany, which has the fourth highest GDP, CEOs make 147 times as much as average employees, according to the OECD. In the United Kingdom, one of the most powerful economies in the world, CEOs only make 84 times as much as their workers. If Mr. Trump is serious about wages being too high, he should call for a cap on the executive pay instead of forcing hard-working Americans to survive on a poverty wage.” said Frank Garvey, organizer with Time for a Raise.

According to the Center for Economic Policy Research, if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity, it would be $21.72 an hour today. Instead, it is currently $7.25 an hour, or $15,080 a year.

Dr. Ben Carson, the other top contender in the GOP nomination said that, “Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases. This is particularly a problem in the black community. Only 19.8% of black teenagers have a job, or […]

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