ACTION ALERT: Support The People’s Budget: A Raise For America

March 20th, 2015 - by admin

Paul Hogarth / The Daily Kos & The Congressional Progressive Caucus – 2015-03-20 23:42:16

8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018
$1.9 trillion investment in America’s future
$820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements

The ‘People’s Bill’ Joins the Washington Budget Battle
Paul Hogarth / Daily Kos

(March 20, 2015) — Did you ever wish there were champions in Congress offering up better ideas than draconian Republican austerity or corporate Democratic mush?

Well, there are. The Congressional Progressive Caucus, a highly diverse, 70-plus member group of House Democrats, just unveiled the populist, progressive People’s Budget.

Congress will vote on The People’s Budget next week, and Daily Kos has banded together with a big coalition to try and get over half of all House Democrats to vote for it:

ACTION: Sign the petition demanding that Congress pass the Progressive People’s Budget.

The People’s Budget would, among other things:
• create 8 million new jobs
• create universal pre-K and debt free college
• raise the minimum wage
• repeal the Bush tax cuts
• allow states to transition to single-payer health care
• close loopholes that allow corporations to evade their tax liability, and
• stronger paths to equity for communities of color.

Congress will vote on budget proposals next week, and Republicans will be pushing more devastating cuts. We expect it will be ugly, which is why The People’s Budget is so crucial.

If we can get a majority of House Democrats to vote for The People’s Budget, it will send a powerful message to the 1% that a new populist movement is on the rise. 

Americans consistently say jobs, the economy, education and Social Security when asked about their top priorities. The People’s Budget heeds these calls by making investments that will create 8 million good jobs, give a raise to working families and support critical services we all depend on. This budget reflects the priorities of the American people.

At a time of extreme inequality and limited opportunities, this budget makes sure that the rich and corporations pay their fair share of taxes, while making investments vital to our future—in Pre-K and debt-free college, in infrastructure, in renewable energy and more.

Separate from the federal budget, The People’s Budget endorses the expansion of Social Security benefits by requiring the very wealthiest Americans to pay into Social Security at the same rates as everyone else. Expanded Social Security offers a solution to a looming retirement crisis more and more seniors face.

The People’s Budget includes numerous provisions to address the persistent racially based inequality our country faces and, if implemented, would provide stronger paths to equity for communities of color.

Become a citizen co-sponsor of The People’s Budget and we will deliver your signatures to Congress in support of a plan that puts working families first.

Our message to the Members of Congress, 

I support The People’s Budget to get America back on track and on the path to prosperity.

I stand as a citizen co-sponsor because The People’s Budget will:

Help create an economy that works for all of us.
The budget creates 8 million good jobs by 2018; expands childcare to low-income families with children younger than three; increases the minimum wage and protects the right to bargain collectively.

Set the country on the path to prosperity.
The budget increases funding to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, makes college affordable for working families, invests in clean and renewable energy and green manufacturing, and enhances the social safety net that protects veterans, women, and working families.

Make corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
The budget pays for these new investments by ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs and profits offshore and restoring the tax on the wealthiest to the Clinton-era rates. It expands tax credits for working families, and eliminates the lower tax rate paid by millionaires on investment incomes.

Endorse Social Security expansion.
Social Security is a solution to a looming retirement income crisis, the disappearing middle class, and growing income inequality. While improvements to the program should be made separately from the federal budget process, we can extend the lifespan of the trust fund and increase Social Security benefits for all by asking the very wealthiest Americans to pay into Social Security at the same rate as everyone else.

The People’s Budget is right for my family and right for working families across America. I urge you to support it today.

Endorsed by:
Americans for Tax Fairness Action Fund
American Family Voices
Campaign for America’s Future
Courage Campaign
Daily Kos
National People’s Action
National Priorities Project
RH Reality Check
Social Security Works Progress

Please join Daily Kos and a coalition of allies in supporting The People’s Budget

The People’s Budget:
A Raise For America

The Congressional Progressive Caucus

8.4 million good paying jobs by 2018

$1.9 trillion investment in America’s future

$820 billion infrastructure and transportation improvements

(March 18, 2015) — The People’s Budget fixes an economy that, for too long, has failed to provide the opportunities

American families need to get ahead. Despite their skills and work ethic, most American workers and families are so financially strapped from increasing income inequality that their paychecks barely cover basic necessities. They earn less and less as corporations and the wealthy continue amassing record profits. It has become clear to American workers that the system is rigged.

The People’s Budget levels the playing field and creates economic opportunity by increasing the pay of middle- and low-income Americans. More customers and higher consumer spending advance American businesses, not tax cuts and relaxed regulations. The People’s Budget drives a full economic recovery by creating high-quality jobs and reducing family expenses, restoring the buying power of working Americans.

The People’s Budget closes tax loopholes that companies use to ship jobs overseas. It creates fair tax rates for millionaires and provides needed relief to low- and middle-income families. It invests in debt-free college, workforce training and small businesses within our communities, helping return our economy to full employment and giving a raise to Americans who need it most.

Investments in The People’s Budget boost employment and wages by addressing some of the biggest challenges of our time: repairing America’s rapidly aging roads and bridges, upgrading our energy systems to address climate change, keeping our communities safe, and preparing our young people to thrive as citizens and workers.

A fair wage is more than the size of a paycheck. It’s having enough hours, paid overtime, sick and parental leave, and affordable health and childcare. It’s being able to afford a good education for your kids and never living in fear that your job will be sent overseas. It’s knowing you can make ends meet at the end of the month. The People’s Budget helps achieve that with a raise for American workers, a raise for struggling families and a boost to America’s long-term global competitiveness.

* Creates more than 8 million good jobs by 2018.

* Increases functionality of Worker Protection Agencies.

* Includes a four percent raise for federal workers.

* Provides Paid Leave Initiative and Child Care.

* Supports a minimum wage increase and Collective Bargaining.

* Repeals sequester and all Budget Control Act spending caps.

* Increases discretionary funding to invest in working families.

* Reverses harmful cuts and enhances social safety net.

* Invests in veterans, women, communities of color and their families.

* Equalizes tax rates for investment income and income from work.

* Returns to Clinton-era tax rates for households making over $250,000 and implements

* new brackets for those making over $1 million.

* Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Care Credit.

* Eliminates the ability of US corporations to defer taxes on offshore profits.

* Ends corporate inversions that allow U.S. companies to merge offshore to avoid taxes.

* Enacts a Financial Transaction Tax on various financial market transactions.

* Ends unlimited executive pay tax write-offs.

* Provides debt-free college to every student.

* Allows refinancing of student loans.

* Invests in K-12 and provides free pre-school.

* Repeals excise tax on high-priced workers plans and replaces with public option.

* Implements drug price negotiation for Medicare.

* Reauthorizes Children’s Health Insurance Program.

* Allows states to transition to single-payer health care systems.

* Closes tax loopholes and ends subsidies provided to oil, gas and coal companies.

* Enacts a price on carbon pollution without hurting low-income families.

* Invests in clean and renewable energy and green manufacturing.

* Modernizes our defense posture to create sustainable baseline defense spending.

* Ends emergency funding for Overseas Contingency Operations.

* Increases funding for diplomacy and invests in job transition programs.

* Implements comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship.

* Fully funds programs to make housing affordable and accessible for all Americans.

* Funds public financing of campaigns to curb special interest influence in politics.

Full Budget documents are below

The People’s Budget: A Raise For America. Executive Summary. (03/18/1511:06 AM ET )

Economic Policy Institute Analysis of The People’s Budget: (03/18/1511:00 AM ET )

The People’s Budget: A Raise For America Summary (03/18/1509:21 AM ET )