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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.”

By |November 19th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on Boost minimum wage, help the economy

CNBC: Where the Candidates Stand on the Minimum Wage

From the Make it Work Campaign

By |November 18th, 2015|Press|Comments Off on CNBC: Where the Candidates Stand on the Minimum Wage

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – RALPH NADER PENS LETTER TO FREEDOM CAUCUS, URGING THEM TO SUPPORT A MINIMUM WAGE HIKE.

Washington, DC, October 26th, 2015: Ralph Nader today wrote to the 36 confirmed and assumed members of the House Freedom Caucus urging them to support raising the minimum wage.

The Freedom Caucus, a group of approximately 36 representatives (they do not release their membership roster) is dedicated to promoting “the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.”

In the letter, Mr. Nader urged the members of the Freedom Caucus to support raising the minimum wage in order to spur economic development and limit the government. Studies have shown that raising the minimum wage would not have an adverse effect on employment, and would reduce the number of Americans on social welfare programs.

The federal minimum wage currently sits at $7.25 an hour or approximately $15,000.00 a year, far below the $24,000.00 poverty line for a family of four. If it had kept up with inflation, it would be approximately $11.00 an hour today

Since the minimum wage has not been raised since 2009, twenty nine states and DC have raised their minimum wage over $7.25.

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The attached letter was written by Ralph Nader for TimeForARaise.org.  To contact the Time for a Raise Campaign or to schedule an interview with Ralph Nader, email Frank Garvey at [email protected] call 717-565-9384

 

 

 

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Ralph Nader Letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

March 5, 2014

Dear Speaker Boehner,

What will it take for you to bring a raise in the minimum wage to a vote?  A recent poll shows that 80% of Americans, including 62% of Republicans, support raising the minimum wage. Seven Nobel Laureate economists explained that a moderate increase in the minimum wage would “provide a much-needed boost to the earnings of low-wage workers” while having “little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers.” Conservatives Ron Unz, Peter Thiel and Phyllis Schlafly argue eloquently that a higher minimum wage will decrease public assistance spending. And yet, you still refuse to let “The People’s House” vote on this broadly popular, long-awaited and much-needed raise in the heavily lagging minimum wage.

Despite your lack of support for this long overdue restoration of the minimum wage to its peak purchasing power, I present the appeal of another constituency: six members of your own caucus. In July 2006, 26 Republican House members, including six current members of Congress, wrote you a letter urging you to schedule a vote on providing a “substantial increases in the minimum wage.” In the letter, they argued that the annual income of a minimum wage employee working full time — $10,700 per year — would leave a single parent with two children thousands of dollars below the federal poverty line.  They capped their argument with the strong and powerful statement: “Nobody working full time should have to live in poverty.”

Today, the poverty line for a single parent with two children is $19,790, which by 2016, adjusted for inflation, will be $20,633 per year, still thousands of dollars above the annual income of a minimum […]

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