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No, Big Corporations Shouldn’t Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs

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  • The breaks seldom pay for themselves — and put employees of local businesses out of work.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

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Jim Hightower, Other Words

January 31, 2018 | Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes, and — voila! — the giveaway pays for itself!

Does it really work that way? Unfortunately, no.

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

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In exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin. What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

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Series | Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump's budget cuts

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A homeless person sits near the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

  • Shuttering the agency and cutting funds for low-income housing remind experts of Reagan’s deep spending cuts that ‘ushered in a new age of homelessness’
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

Alastair Gee, Guardian

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Thu 16 Mar 2017 | While much of the attention given to Donald Trump’s budget proposal has focused on dramatic cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the state department, amid the many cuts in the plan is the elimination of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).





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Outside in America is a year-long series on homelessness in the western US. The project focuses on people on the frontline of a devastating crisis and enables readers to take action to help solve the problem.

 





In addition, Trump’s budget would cut billions of dollars of funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps provide low-income housing.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 
More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

The Brutal Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest that Americans Won't Acknowledge

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  • Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge
    • Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.
  • Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest
    • Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge

Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet 

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/default_310_wide/public/story_images/shutterstock_552016606.jpg?itok=fITKAoSR February 4, 2018 | The ink is barely dry on a trillion-dollar tax cut for multinational corporations, and one of its largest beneficiaries is already looking for more. Earlier this month, Bank of America announced it would be applying a $12 monthly surcharge for e-banking, a policy that disproportionately affects its poorest customers. For lower-income earners, it's merely the latest reminder that trickle-down economics don't really trickle down, and that being poor can be extraordinarily expensive.

E-banking at BOA had been free provided customers didn't use tellers and agreed to receive their monthly statements online. But effective Jan. 19, 2018, clients will have to either maintain a minimum balance of at least $1500, or receive monthly direct deposits of $250 or more to avoid a fee. According to a private report by Goldman Sachs, BOA enjoyed a $21 billion profit last year and will be paying an estimated $3.5 billion less in taxes in 2018 thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the U.S.’ corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

Alex Henderson's work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Spin, Creem, the Pasadena Weekly and many other publications.

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Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest

Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_779285617.jpg?itok=EPVwqAbZ February 2, 2018 | During the first year of the Trump administration, the word “unprecedented” has been used so many times it has almost lost its meaning. But there simply is no other word to describe this presidency. First and foremost, there is the unprecedented degree to which the administration has attacked the country’s institutions in ways that threaten the foundations of our democracy. But this first year is also unique because of the unforgiving extent to which the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have leveled legislative assaults against poor people. 

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

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  • If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms? What kind of country would we live in today, if they hadn’t?
  • Related: #MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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January 26, 2018 | The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that.

With its financial contributions and grassroots organizing, the labor movement helped give Democrats full control of the federal government three times in the last four decades. And all three of those times — under Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama — Democrats failed to pass labor law reforms that would to bolster the union cause. In hindsight, it’s clear that the Democratic Party didn’t merely betray organized labor with these failures, but also, itself.

Eric Levitz: ‎Associate Editor of Daily Intelligencer - ‎New York Magazine

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#MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence
    • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer
  • Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford
    • Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.
  • Related: Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment
     

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

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More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout

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January 16, 2018 | More than a dozen people were recently arrested in El Cajon, California. Their crime? They were feeding the homeless.

“The arrests come in the wake of a newly enacted city ordinance banning people from feeding the homeless in public,” a local news station reported.

The group was aware of the ordinance, the report said, but defied the law in an act of civil disobedience on MLK Day. One man who was arrested proudly displayed his ticket on Twitter and referenced Rev. King in his tweet. 
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Miltimore previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and general assignment reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He also served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George. W Bush. 

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