March 3, 2021
Our deadline poet offers us this:
Poor Andrew is sorry for being misunderstood,
This powerful man stuck in a twisted boyhood.
So what is he saying?
Were his words just playing?
He crossed the line, now he needs to make good.
Part One: time for a wealth tax , a conversation with Steve Wamhoff
Senator Warren Introduces Federal Wealth Tax Legislation
How the Minimum Wage Is Becoming a Tax Issue for Congress
FYI The undeserving wealthy?
664 Richest Americans Now Worth a Collective $4.2T,
Up 44% Since COVID Shutdowns Began in March 2020
Steve is ITEP’s director of federal tax policy. In this role, he is responsible for setting the organization’s federal research and policy agenda. He is the author of numerous reports and analyses of federal tax policies as well as in-depth policy briefs that outline how the federal income tax and corporate tax code can be overhauled to improve tax fairness.
Just before taking on the role of ITEP’s director of federal tax policy, Steve spent more than two years as the senior tax policy analyst for Sen. Bernie Sanders and as a member of the senator’s Budget Committee staff. In this capacity, he wrote legislation related to personal income and corporate income taxes, financial transaction taxes, estate taxes and tax avoidance. Before joining Sen. Sanders’ staff, Steve had previously worked for ITEP and its c(4) partner Citizens for Tax Justice for more than eight years. During this time, he built expertise is analyzing tax policies and their effect on federal revenue as well as on people across the income spectrum. Notably, he wrote reports on proposals to extend the George W. Bush tax cuts, as well as proposals to eliminate tax breaks for for investors and corporations as a way of financing health care reform and other initiatives. Earlier in his career, Steve worked for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Policy and the Coalition on Human Needs. He received a Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s from New York University.
Part Two: Ending child poverty Joya Misra,
A conversation with UMass Amherst Sociology Professor Joya Misra
Child poverty in the U.S. could be slashed by monthly payments to parents – an idea proved in other rich countries and proposed by a prominent Republican decades ago
bio: Joya's research and teaching primarily focus on social inequality, including inequalities by gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, citizenship, parenthood status, and educational level. She tries to understand the role that policies play in both mediating and entrenching inequality, and her aim is to create more equitable societies. In all of her work, she considers how policies may work to both reinforce and lessen inequalities. Her work falls into the subfields of political sociology, economic sociology, public policy, work & labor, family, race/gender/class, comparative historical sociology, and welfare states. Her work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Gender & Society, Social Forces, Social Problems, and numerous other professional journals and edited volumes. She edited the journal Gender & Society, a top-ranked journal in both Gender Studies and Sociology, from 2011-2015.