This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Aug. 2, 2017 for week ending Aug. 11, 2017


"Our tax system taxes work more heavily than wealth. We have a capital gains and dividends top tax rate that is about half the tax rate on wages. ... Treating all kinds of income the same would be an important step toward a fairer tax system."

– Matthew Gardner, senior fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy on true tax reform toward a fairer tax system

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Trump Tax Cut Plan Would Benefit Wealthiest Americans

MP3 Interview with Matthew Gardner, senior fellow at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, conducted by Scott Harris


During the 2016 presidential election campaign season, Donald Trump promised to give America’s beleaguered middle-class families a substantial tax cut, and said he would consider increasing taxes on the wealthy. However, earlier this spring, the Trump economic team released an outline of its tax reform proposal which consisted of bullet points on a single-printed page. While details were scarce, analysis of the tax plan found that it would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans and the billionaire and millionaire members of Trump’s Cabinet. While Trump has refused to release his federal tax returns, it’s a safe bet that he himself – as well as his luxury real estate development company would be primary beneficiaries of the tax reform plan.  Story continues

Climate Activists Say California's Cap and Trade Legislation is Gift to Big Oil

MP3 Interview with Masada Disenhouse, North American organizing director with the global climate group, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


On July 17, the Democratic party-controlled California legislature voted to extend the state’s trend-setting cap-and-trade program until the year 2030. The measure would reduce greenhouse gas emissions over time by allowing companies to “pay to pollute” if they can’t stay under the ever-tightening limits.  Story continues

Congressional Bill Would Criminalize Americans' Support for Israel Boycott

MP3 Interview with Josh Ruebner, policy director with the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, conducted by Scott Harris


Forty-three U.S. senators – 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats – have co-sponsored a proposed bill that would make it a felony crime for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel for that nations’ decades-long illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. The penalties attached to the legislation, called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, S-720 in the U.S. Senate and HR1697 in the House, would impose a minimum civil fine of $250,000 – and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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