This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Dec. 20, 2017 for week ending Dec. 29, 2017

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"It cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. It cuts the top income tax rate from a little over 39 percent to 37 percent. By 2027, 10 years from now, it actually raises taxes on the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers."

– Alan Essig, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy on how unfair the Republican "tax cuts" will be when implemented in 2018 and will worsen over the next 10 years


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Unpopular GOP Tax Code Revision Rewards Party Donors, Exacerbates Inequality

MP3 Interview with Alan Essig, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, conducted by Scott Harris

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[UPDATED] With House and Senate passage of a final version of the Republican tax reform bill, Donald Trump and GOP legislators are celebrating their first major legislative win since the 2016 election. But in the long run, that partisan victory will be felt as a net loss for millions of Americans. The tax reform bill will permanently lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Businesses will be taxed at a lower rate than the majority of American’s who are wage earners. For individuals, the top income tax rate will be reduced to 37 percent from its current level of 39.6 percent. The super wealthy will also see benefits from reductions in the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax.  Story continues

The Battle to Restore Net Neutrality is On

MP3 Interview with Victor Pickard, associate professor of communication at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted by Scott Harris

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As expected, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Dec. 14 to repeal the nation’s net neutrality rules. Those rules, since their ratification in 2015, had prevented Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from engaging in censorship, or controlling what consumers see and do on the web by slowing down or denying access to specific websites, apps, and other online services. The absence of regulation under net neutrality will now allow broadband providers to charge customers for paid prioritization, which could transform the Internet into something that looks more like cable television, where consumers would be charged additional fees to gain access to certain websites at faster speeds.  Story continues

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Calls for Decriminalization

MP3 Excerpts of talks by Sex Workers and Allies Network cofounder Beatrice Codianni and Connecticut Bail Fund Executive Director Brett Davidson at The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers rally in New Haven, CT, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

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The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was observed this year on Dec. 17 in cities here in the U.S. and around the world. A group in New Haven, Connecticut – calling themselves Sex Workers and Allies Network, or SWAN, held a rally and march in solidarity with sex workers – and to mourn the many women – and some men – who have died or were murdered on the street. Those attending the rally also remembered two local women who disappeared and are now presumed dead.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

 

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