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Economic Justice

Update on NETWORK’s Legislative Agenda

December 10, 2014

NETWORK continues to be strongly engaged in lobbying Congress during these last few days of the 113th Congress. At the same time, we are gearing up for new challenges in 2015. Here is a brief overview:

Blog: Update on Key Fiscal Issues for FY 2015 in This Lame Duck Session of Congress

Dec 08, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein

The two major fiscal issues requiring action in this lame-duck congressional session are the 55+ so-called “tax extender” breaks that expired in January 2014 and the passage of a federal budget for 2015. Regarding the latter, the Continuing Resolution (CR) passed in September expires on December 11, 2014.

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Sister Simone Campbell: Tax extender deal deserves veto

By Sister Simone Campbell - 12/01/14 06:50 PM EST

[Published in The Hill]

President Obama’s threat to veto Congress’s new pro-corporate tax deal is the right response. This deeply flawed agreement would permanently extend expensive tax breaks for business while ignoring tax credits for families living in or near poverty.

Uncle Scrooge is Taking Over Uncle Sam!

Dec 01, 2014 | By Colin Christopher

Call on Congress to Give Tax Justice for Tiny Tim! 1-888-738-3058Advent is here. Let us be thankful for what we have, and mindful of what we can do to build that kind of community of which Jesus spoke -- a community where there is enough for all.

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Blog: Key Fiscal Issues for FY 2015 during the Lame Duck Session of Congress

Nov 25, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Whether we like it or not, fiscal issues will be paramount in this lame duck session at the end of this year because the stop-gap spending bill, called a continuing resolution (CR), funded the federal government only until December 11, 2014, and because several significant tax provisions affecting a large number of Americans must be either extended or allowed to expire by December 31.

Let’s deal with appropriations first.

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Blog: What We Propose If Congress Renews a Host of Expiring Tax Provisions

Nov 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Economists generally agree that temporary tax policies are ineffective for economic growth, yet Congress has consistently extended a host of tax provisions that are known collectively as “tax extenders” in lieu of genuine tax reform.

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Blog: Addendum to Previous Report on Overall Poverty Data from the Bureau of the Census

Oct 30, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Bureau of the Census released its data on poverty in the U.S. using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) on October 16, 2014. This addendum is intended to supplement the blog written on overall poverty data using the official measure of poverty published in mid-September.

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Blog: Trade Agreements Can Have a Huge Impact on a Nation’s Life

Oct 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Included in every significant U.S. trade deal of the past 25 years is a system of private tribunals, known as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows corporations to sue governments when they feel that their financial interests have been breached by a government policy, rule or regulation. These suits are not heard in any court, but in an extra-governmental tribunal consisting of three judges engaged for just that one case. And there is no appeal from that tribunal to a higher court.

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Blog: The Many Effects of Inequality

Oct 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Although there have been several blogs on this website on the topic of inequality, the issue is increasingly relevant for so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that inequality is the source of so many economic ills. Wherever one looks the specter of inequality rears its head.

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