Updated 7:20 am PST, Saturday, December 15, 2018 In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project in O'Neill, Neb. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP) In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project in O'Neill, Neb. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP) Photo: Megan Farmer, AP Photo: Megan Farmer, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project in O'Neill, Neb. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP) In this Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 photo, wind turbines are shown at Grande Prairie Wind Project in O'Neill, Neb. (Megan Farmer/Omaha World-Herald via AP) … [Read more...] about Omaha utility board may lean toward environmental reform
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One? Supported by A special committee has recommended a $50,000 raise by 2021, coupled with a cap on outside income. ByJesse McKinley Dec. 9, 2018 Considering Albany’s rotten reputation, the idea of giving New York’s 213 elected lawmakers a raise is a tough sell. On Thursday, they took a giant step toward that goal when a four-person commission get a hefty raise: a $30,500 hike next year, bringing their base pay to $110,000. Two more raises of $10,000 per year will follow in 2020 and 2021. Albany’s elected officials currently make $79,500 a year, before various perks and stipends, a salary that hasn’t budged in nearly 20 years, when Gov. George E. Pataki approved a salary hike in exchange for the creation … [Read more...] about Albany Lawmakers May Get Their First Raise in 20 Years. Do They Deserve One?
Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 1:31 pm PST, Saturday, December 1, 2018 REP. DAVID N. CICILLINE, D-R.I.: We need a tax cut for middle-class families, not 83 percent of it going to the top 1 percent, richest people in this country, and the most powerful corporations. MARIA BARTIROMO: Well, I have got to push back on that, because 80 percent of the tax cut plan didn't go to the top 1 percent. As you know, congressman, the tax cut plan lowered all income levels, and they double the standard deduction. So that talking point . . . CICILLINE: Maria, that's just not true. BARTIROMO: No, it is true. CICILLINE: Maria, that's just not true. An independent outside group said 83 percent of that tax cut goes to the top 1 percent, the richest people in this country, the most profitable corporations. That is a fact. BARTIROMO: Congressman, it's just not true. - exchange on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," Nov. 11, 2018 - - - This is a classic Washington moment - a … [Read more...] about Does the Trump tax cut give 83% of the benefits to the top 1%?
Conservation Colorado, a political nonprofit that advocates for environmental policies, spent more than $4.6 million — a record for the group — to help Democrats take the levers of state government this month. CIRC Action Fund, which works to protect immigrant rights, knocked on 86,649 doors across the Colorado, most of their efforts concentrated in key state Senate districts. And NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, a group that fights to protect and expand abortion access in the state, sent 9,000 text messages during the 48 hours before polls closed encouraging voters to turn in their ballots. These are just three examples of how Colorado’s left-leaning political nonprofits and unions helped mobilize an electorate eager to send a message to President Donald Trump on Nov. 6. In doing so, these groups provided historic financial and human resources to state Democrats who won every statewide office on the ballot, expanded their majority in the state House and flipped control of … [Read more...] about How progressive groups put Colorado Democrats in the driver’s seat, and what they want in return
We’ve all been there: the first time you open your payslip in Germany can come as quite a shock. Why? Well, because a big chunk of your wages is taken away in the form of tax and social security contributions. This is, of course, a good thing in many ways because it should (hopefully) mean that we live in a country with good public services and that we’ll be provided with excellent health care when we need it, a pension in future and long term nursing care. But there are problems ahead. German society is getting older and that means there’s going to be a bigger burden on care services, which are already struggling to cope. At the other end of the scale, people are having less babies, although family friendly policies, like paid parental leave, do seem to be having a positive impact on the birth rate. A sustainable system? All this begs the question - who will pay for us all when we’re older if there aren’t enough people to contribute to the social … [Read more...] about Should people without children be forced to pay more tax in Germany?