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  • How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure

    Chris Van Hollen by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin
    As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed.
      The first is the increasing -- and troubling -- trend of big corporations essentially giving up their American citizenship and reincorporating overseas to reduce their U.S. taxes. Despite the fact that our nation has made significant investments to enable their success -- investments like roads and bridges over which they move their products to consumers -- more and more big corporations are using a legal maneuver to avoid their fair share of taxes. These corporations will combine with a smaller foreign firm and then claim that the combined corporation is no longer American for tax purposes.

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  • Improving FOIA

    Nate Jones by: Nate Jones
    Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribunes Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating that the requested documents were "preliminary" communications and could thus be withheld. This misapplication was not an isolated incident. Agency use of this b(5) catch-all exemption has skyrocketed to more than 12 percent of all FOIA requests, often to prevent embarrassment or hide errors and failures -- ignoring President Obama's clear instructions to the contrary.

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  • It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt

    LeeAnn Hall by: LeeAnn Hall
    The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the "Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act" (S. 2432) garnered a 56-38 majority but fell short of the 60 votes needed to open debate.
      Republicans cast 37 of the 38 "no" votes. Only three Republicans joined 53 Democrats and Independents in voting to debate the bill.
      For members of the college and high school classes of 2014, and for past graduates, this effort to tackle the student debt issue is sorely needed.

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  • A Jewish Perspective on Taxes and Poverty: Calling for an Army of Angels

    Rabbi Menachem Creditor by: Rabbi Menachem Creditor
    Here are two related statistics, both of which may surprise you: 1) More than 1.2 billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, and 2) Every year, poor countries lose more money to tax avoidance than they receive in aid.
      Here is something that should shock a citizen of the United States just as much: Current U.S. law enables this economic inequality.
      I recently returned from Washington, D.C., where I joined the interfaith, bi-partisan anti-poverty group Jubilee USA and other faith leaders and small-business owners from across the country to encourage our elected officials to reform the tax system and protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for Exorbitant Executive Bonuses

Lloyd  Doggett by: Lloyd Doggett
There is an outrage in our tax code and it's costing you money.
  Federal law currently gives publiclyheld corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge ...



A Pharmacy's Tax Tricks Could Make You Sick

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente
One of America's best known stores may soon decide that it's no longer American. If it does, you will pay the price and feel real sick about it.
  Walgreens pharmacy is in every way ...





How to Get and Keep Women's Attention and Support

Terry O'Neill by: Terry O'Neill, Don Kraus
There is a lot of talk these days about the importance of the women's vote for the 2014 elections. Democrats and Republicans alike are courting women voters -- Republicans are working as hard as ...



Corporate Tax Dodging Hurts Small Business

Nicole Sligar by: Nicole Sligar
How is it fair that small business owners like myself pay our taxes like we're supposed to, while our tax code allows some multinational corporations to pay nothing in federal income taxes?
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How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure (by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin) in the Madison Capital Times

Improving FOIA (by: Nate Jones) in the Battle Creek Enquirer

It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt (by: LeeAnn Hall) in the Trenton Times

A Jewish Perspective on Taxes and Poverty: Calling for an Army of Angels (by: Rabbi Menachem Creditor) in the Crookston Daily Times

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for Exorbitant Executive Bonuses (by: Lloyd Doggett) in the Austin American-Statesman

A Pharmacy's Tax Tricks Could Make You Sick (by: Frank Clemente) in the Pasadena Citizen

How to Get and Keep Women's Attention and Support (by: Terry O'Neill, Don Kraus) in the AL.com

Corporate Tax Dodging Hurts Small Business (by: Nicole Sligar) in the Reno Gazette-Journal

North Carolina's Children will Pay the Heavy Price For Coal Ash (by: Jessica Nakell Burroughs) in the Wilmington Journal

Support Small Businesses By Closing Tax Haven Loopholes (by: Libby Goff) in the TriValleyCentral.com



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