Two corporate tax transparency bills, in Chicago and in Springfield, are picking up steam. Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan even chided rich corporations for demanding handouts when they contribute “little or nothing to help fund the very services from which they benefit significantly.” This makes the foes of corporate tax transparency nervous. In a Crain’s opinion […]Read more "Debunking the myths about corporate tax transparency"
Today, Vice President Joe Biden held a fundraiser for Sen. Durbin’s 2014 re-election campaign. I wasn’t there and most likely you weren’t either. The “cheap seats” cost $2,500, but tickets ran up to $37,600. I have a pretty good idea, though, of who did attend. For CEOs at places like Citibank or CME Group, the […]Read more "Durbin should call for Social Security expansion"
Recently, the tragic story of Margaret Mary Vojtko, a longtime contingent faculty member at Duquesne University who died after suffering a heart attack, went viral. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, it was reported that Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits: she had spent years working as an adjunct professor […]Read more "Unethical Academia: The Next Front for Low-Wage Worker Uprising?"
President Obama’s administration has largely been a disappointment, not only to his liberal critics, but also to the President himself. During his tenure, Republicans have manufactured a series of crises to extract significant concessions from him. Yet, they want more, despite the fact that the Senate’s bill to fund the government is just 2% larger […]Read more "President Obama Must Go All In"
We pay our taxes. As a matter of fact, we feel proud when we pay them. When our families and businesses pay their taxes and when members of our churches and unions pay them, we view it as an investment in the schools that educate our children and train our employees, the roads on which […]Read more "Why do Two-Thirds of Corporations Fail to Pay State Taxes?"
Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) wrote Labor Secretary Thomas Perez this week, as reported in the Wall Street Journal on July 25, asking for an “official determination” on the question of whether worker centers should be subject to the same filing requirements as labor unions. Their letter should be rejected as a […]Read more "Classing worker centers like unions is wrongheaded"
In recent weeks, the story of Antonio Vanegas has gained national attention. Antonio, a 26-year-old undocumented food service worker, has suffered from wage theft for the last two years while working in the Ronald Reagan Building. His employer, Quick Pita, was paying him significantly less than the minimum wage and in cash — one way […]Read more "House Republicans Should Live Out Their Religious Values in Immigration Debate"