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FIVE-CANDIDATE ANALYSIS SHOWS HISTORIC SHIFT IN TAX & SPENDING DEBATE

Major candidates in Democratic presidential field offer fiscal plans many times the size of Clinton’s in 2016 Five leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination who have announced detailed revenue and investment plans are proposing much more robust plans than Hillary Clinton offered in 2016, showing how far the debate has shifted in the progressive […]

TESTIMONY TO THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE ON THE DISAPPEARING CORPORATE INCOME TAX

By Frank Clemente, Executive Director of Americans for Tax Fairness On behalf of Americans for Tax Fairness and its coalition of more than 400 endorsing organizations, I write to submit testimony for the record for the committee hearing on Tuesday, February 11— “The Disappearing Corporate Income Tax.” We commend the committee for having this hearing. […]

TRUMP’S GROUNDHOG DAY BUDGET: ONCE AGAIN TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH PAID FOR BY SLASHING SERVICES FOR THE REST OF US

In response to President Trump’s fiscal year 2021 budget detailing his tax and spending priorities for the next 10 years, Americans for Tax Fairness executive director Frank Clemente issued the following statement: “For the fourth year in a row, President Trump’s budget wants to take from working families in order to give to the wealthy. […]

GOP’S CORPORATE TAX CUTS HAVE FAILED TO DELIVER PROMISED BENEFITS FOR WORKERS, ECONOMY

House Panel Urged to Spotlight Puny Raises, Slow Growth, Collapsing Investment from Corporate Cuts Benefitting Huge Firms While Losing a Fortune in Federal Revenue Corporate tax cuts at the center of 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) have failed to deliver the boost to workers and the economy promised by its Republican backers two […]

ATF Letter to W&M Re TCJA Oversight

The Honorable Richard E. Neal Chairman, House Committee on Ways & Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable John Lewis Chairman, Oversight Subcommittee House Committee on Ways & Means U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Mike Thompson Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures House Committee on Ways & Means […]

DEFLATING TRUMP’S LIKELY SOTU BOASTS ON ECONOMY & TAX CUTS

Families Struggle as Tax Cuts Mostly for Wealthy & Corporations Failed to Deliver for Workers—Yet Trump Wants More Cuts, Hiking Debt & Threatening Services Judging by past speeches and his Twitter feed, President Trump will use his 2020 State of the Union address to boast about the state of the economy and give a lot […]

STEYER WOULD HAVE OWED $136 MILLION MORE IN TAXES IN PAST DECADE UNDER MILLIONAIRES SURTAX

Billionaire Candidate’s Tax Returns Show Surtax Would Require Rich Like Him to Pay Much Fairer Share of Taxes Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer, an advocate of higher taxes on the rich, would have owed an additional $136 million in federal income taxes had the Millionaires Surtax recently introduced in Congress been in place […]

THE ART OF THE SCAM: TRUMP THREATENS CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE & MEDICAID TO PAY FOR MORE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH

In a televised interview early today, President Trump, when asked about “entitlement” programs, said he would “take a look at” so-called “entitlement” programs later this year and called it “the easiest of all things, if you look.” If there was any confusion about what that means, Trump in answer to a question acknowledged he “was […]

FOUR-CANDIDATE ANALYSIS SHOWS HISTORIC SHIFT IN TAX & SPENDING DEBATE

Moderates in Democratic presidential field offer fiscal plans many times the size of Clinton’s in 2016

Debate should explore transformed tax and spending landscape

The opinion piece below by Frank Clemente originally appeared in the Des Moines Register on January 9, 2019. As Democrats gather for the final presidential debate before the Iowa caucuses, among all the worrying daily news there’s a hopeful long-term development. The candidates and their Democratic colleagues in Congress have finally and fully rejected trickle-down economics […]