Small Business Owners Warn Trump Is “A Recession Waiting to Happen” (VIDEO)

by Dave Johnson – Given Donald Trump’s shady business practices I’d be afraid to do business with him, let alone let him run the country. – Kelly Conklin of Foley-Waite LLC The Main Street Alliance, a national network of state-based small business coalitions, has released a political video warning small business owners that Trump’s economic policies show “a misunderstanding of what it takes to make our economy thrive.” The video was released through the Main Street Alliance’s Action Fund. The video features Kelly Conklin, who owns Foley-Waite LLC, a woodworking company in Kenilworth, New Jersey. In the video Conklin says: Donald Trump is a recession waiting to happen. And on November 8th you have a choice, whether we are going to go ahead on a steady course or whether we are going to plunge the country into one of its darkest eras ever. The master of disaster or a proven entity...

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The Awesomely Affluent are Cheating Average Americans of More Than $400 Billion a Year in Federal Taxes

by SAM PIZZIGATI – Congress needs to subject the super rich to the same reporting and withholding standards as the rest of us The folks working for the federal government can do some incredible things. Over at NASA, for instance, they’re now putting the finishing touches on the new James Webb Space Telescope — an instrument The Washington Post says will be powerful enough “to capture the heat signature of a bumblebee on the moon.” Amazing. We can now spot a bug in space. So why can’t we spot people who cheat on their taxes right here in the US of A? A great many people, the IRS says in a new report, are stiffing Uncle Sam. Our federal “tax gap” — the disconnect between what taxpayers owe and what they eventually pay — is now averaging $406 billion a year. That eye-opening figure comes from the 17 percent of taxpayers who...

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Small Business Owners Are More Progressive than the U.S. Supreme Court Thinks

by Julisa McCoy and Donna Barry – The end of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court session brought indelible progress for civil and human rights. The Justices upheld the Fair Housing Act, maintained health care coverage for millions of Americans in need, protected the constitutional right to marry regardless of sex or gender identity, and allowed abortion clinics in Texas to keep their doors open. Despite this term’s many progressive rulings, many are still struggling with the effects of the Court’s controversial Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. On June 30, 2014, the Court dealt a severe blow to women’s health and rights by granting closely held, for-profit corporations standing to deny their employees access to contraception coverage on the grounds of religious freedom—a right normally thought to be reserved for individuals. Many, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have spoken about the Hobby Lobby ruling’s dangerous precedent of masking discrimination behind...

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Fight Over Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Could have National Consequences

By Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera – A federal judge will rule early next week on whether to temporarily suspend a portion of Seattle, Washington’s $15 minimum-wage law, pending the outcome of a longer inquiry into whether the legislation is constitutional. The International Franchise Association (IFA), which requested the temporary injunction, is suing the city of Seattle on charges that the new law unfairly discriminates against franchisees. The outcome of that lawsuit could potentially influence wage laws and other labor regulations across the country. Seattle’s minimum-wage law, which is scheduled to take effect on April 1, requires employers to raise wages at different rates depending on how many workers they employ nationwide. A business with 500 or fewer employees in the U.S. must pay its workers at least $10 per hour starting on April 1, and $15 per hour by the first day of 2021. Businesses with more than 500 employees must pay at...

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