Republicans and Clinton/Obama Wall Street global neo-liberals see taxes as ways to boost corporate profit whether through subsidy----allowing more power and control-----or as a way to keep any new business competition at bay. That is it---any tax revenue that goes to better people's lives is a missed opportunity at profit. This is why these few decades of Reagan/Clinton and Bush/Obama have taken the people deeper into poverty as taxes, fees, and fines grow. THAT IS REPUBLICAN ECONOMIC POLICY FOLKS---WE KNOW THEY WILL DO THAT WHEN THEY CONTROL POLITICS.
I was in bed last night as a couple walked under my window----it was a black couple arguing over protecting municipal jobs. The woman was shouting she didn't care if all municipal jobs were swept away----she is obviously for the coming economic crash taking Baltimore into bankruptcy. The man was shouting to protect these jobs. Who will be hurt most if the public sector disappears and the Wall Street scheme of International Economic Zones is installed? BLACK WOMEN.
Like all public sector services and programs----when they are dismantled and become about nepotism---they become corrupt and dysfunctional and no one will like them. Maryland has done a great job making all remaining public sector dysfunctional as Baltimore has forever. I didn't hear that black woman shouting to fix the public sector---in Baltimore this social capitalism voice is silent. I think because neo-conservatives like Johns Hopkins have strong propaganda machines making all this stagnation and lifelong safety net careers look like it comes from Democrats.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PUBLIC SECTOR----ALL TAXES WE PAY WILL SUBSIDIZE CORPORATE PROFIT AT OUR EXPENSE. YOUR VOICE IN GOVERNMENT IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR!
One thing Republicans love to do is pretend all those poor people are getting all the taxes we pay in social programs when, as in Baltimore it is the rich in a city that steal most of Federal , state, and local funds designated for the poor. Republicans are selling the notion to the poor that it is a lack of integrity to take social services as handouts while they suck all that revenue for their own personal profit.
I talk about Republican states and cities because Maryland and especially Baltimore are really Republican ----Baltimore is neo-conservative. All across the nation Republican states milked social services to enrich a few while telling the poor to buck up----BOOTSTRAPS
Most Red States Take More Money From Washington Than They Put In
Even as Republicans gripe about deficit spending, their states get 30 cents more federal spending per tax dollar than their Democratic neighbors.—By Dave Gilson
| Thu Feb. 16, 2012 7:00 AM EST
States receiving the most federal funding per tax dollar paid:
1. New Mexico: $2.63
2. West Virginia: $2.57
3. Mississippi: $2.47
4. District of Colombia: $2.41
5. Hawaii: $2.38
6. Alabama: $2.03
7. Alaska: $1.93
8. Montana: $1.92
9. South Carolina: $1.92
10. Maine: $1.78It's no secret: The federal budget is expanding faster than tax revenues, a trend that's been fueled by the rapid growth of entitlement programs and exacerbated by the recession. As a recent New York Times article documents, even as fiscally conservative lawmakers complain about deficit spending, their constituents don't want to give up the Social Security checks, Medicare benefits, and earned income tax credits that provide a safety net for the struggling middle class.
This gap between political perception and fiscal reality is also reflected in the distribution of tax dollars at the state level: Most politically "red" states are financially in the red when it comes to how much money they receive from Washington compared with what their residents pay in taxes.
A look at 2010 Census and IRS data reveals that the 50 states and the District of Columbia, on average, received $1.29 in federal spending for every federal tax dollar they paid. That means that some states are getting a lot more than they put in, and vice versa. The states that contributed more in taxes than they got back in spending were more likely to have voted for Obama in 2008 and were more likely to be largely urban. (There are some clear exceptions: For instance, New Mexico, a rural, Democratic state, gets more federal money per tax dollar than any other state.)
These three interactive maps break down the split between the spenders and lenders. Click on any state for more detailed data, including each state's per capita ratio of spending received versus taxes paid and where it ranked when the Tax Foundation ran the 2005 numbers.
Red states were more likely to get a bigger cut of federal spending. Of the 22 states that went to McCain in 2008, 86 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. In contrast, 55 percent of the states that went to Obama received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Republican states, on average, received $1.46 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; Democratic states, on average, received $1.16.
This red-blue split may be partly explained by the difference between urban and rural states. Red states are more likely to be rural, and rural states were more likely to receive more federal spending than they paid in taxes in 2010. Among predominantly rural states, 81 percent received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. In contrast, 44 percent of urban states received more federal spending than they paid in taxes. Rural states, on average, received $1.40 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid; urban states, on average, received $1.10. (Rural states are defined as states whose urban population rate is below the national average of 79 percent.)
Note: Data has been adjusted to be deficit neutral using the method described by the Tax Foundation in its earlier analysis of federal spending versus federal taxes paid.
Sources: IRS (state tax data), Tax Foundation (2005 rank of spending vs. taxes), US Census (federal spending, urban/rural)
If you have over 500,000 citizens unemployed or in poverty as Baltimore does----you lose vital tax base yet Republicans love that dynamic because they can control the distribution of social services but are afraid of citizens and the freedoms a middle-class wage brings. All of that missing tax base just to keep people poor -----killing the local economy for decades.
REMEMBER, CLINTON/OBAMA NEO-LIBERALS ARE REPUBLICANS AND NOW STATES ONCE CALLED BLUE----ARE JUST AS STAGNANT AND IMPOVERISHED.
Allowing all of this global economic policy to continue with International Economic Zones and all of government controlled by global corporations will make this tax dynamic far worse. Rebuilding a local economy heightens the tax base that then goes back to the communities now growing.
This is what I wanted to tell the couple under my window last night----stop the craziness of government corruption and corporate fraud is say to the municipal employee fighting for his job. Stop the privatization and Wall Street policies that are killing our communities i shout to the women no caring if all municipal jobs wash away.
It’s a Fact: Republican Run Red States Have America’s Highest Poverty Rates
by 3DogsBarking Posted April 10, 2014
It is difficult for reasonable Americans to comprehend why voters in the South continue electing Republicans that campaign on perpetuating living conditions most Americans consider unacceptable. It is not because they believe all Americans live in poverty and love it, or that they are unaware their miserable plight is unavoidable. Most likely they are willing to live in poverty and ill-health with no chance of escaping because they are angry the rest of the nation will not tolerate their bigotry and hate; their only recourse is electing Republicans to legislate America into one big red state mired in bigotry, religion, guns, and deep poverty.
According to The Department of Agriculture’s measure of poverty, every red state from Arizona to South Carolina has the highest poverty rates in America; between 17.9% and 22.8%. The so-called bible belt is America’s poverty belt including Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. According to the Children’s Defense Fund, nearly one in four children trapped in Southern red states live in dire poverty and parents of those children elect Republicans to make those despicable statistics uniform across America. Part and parcel of conditions driving the South’s poverty is low wages that voters elect Republicans to perpetuate across America.
Southern states are hostile to organized labor, five states have no state minimum wage, most are “right to work for less” states, and the 10 states with the lowest average incomes are in the former Confederacy including Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oklahoma according to the Equality of Economic Opportunity Project. Republicans in Congress promote policies that create poverty across the South and red state voters elect them anyway to subject the entire nation to low wages and the poverty they engender.
BALTIMORE HAS HUGE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL IN ITS CITIZENS AND LOCATION AND CAN OPERATE INDEPENDENT OF FEDERAL AND STATE REVENUE IF IT DEVELOPS A LOCAL ECONOMY---AND THIS WILL LOWER OVERALL TAXATION!
Below you see from where the City of Baltimore receives most of the revenue not coming from Federal and state funds----with unemployment from 35-50%----you will not see income tax high on this list. If more revenue is needed---the city turns to raising the rates, fees, or fines on citizens to boost government coffers while the corporate tax subsidy soars.
As Clinton/Obama neo-liberals work with Republicans to end Federal public Trusts, service, and programs---that Federal and state funding will dry----with the global corporate tax-free zone that is the International Economic Zone-----that revenue source will dry.
Federal funding is now being allocated right to global corporations awarded government contracts so very little are hitting Baltimore City coffers.
So, the massive debt with the reduced revenue sources will send Baltimore to bankruptcy this coming economic crash. If we have a Wall Street global corporate city council and mayor-----they will embrace this bankruptcy and hand all control of development and public policy to global corporations coming into the International Economic Zone. If Baltimore has a social democratic city council and mayor---they will reject bond fraud and bankruptcy and immediately push building a local, domestic economy.
WE MUST CREATE LOCAL ECONOMIES ESPECIALLY IN CITIES DESIGNATED INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES TO REBUILD A SMALL BUSINESS FULL EMPLOYMENT WITH A STRONG TAX REVENUE BASE.
City taxes, fees projected to fall short of expectations
But budget director believes spending plan can be balanced
March 15, 2011|By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun
The package of taxes and fees crafted by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Council members to meet a budget deficit last year is estimated to fall short of projected revenues by nearly $17 million — more than a third of the income that it was expected to generate — city finance officials said Tuesday.
The city will receive $12 million less in income tax than officials had projected — most likely due to unemployment, officials said -- and a controversial bottle tax is predicted to generate $1 million less than officials had expected, city budget director Andrew W. Kleine told council members at a hearing.
But Kleine said the drop in revenue will likely be offset by savings in other areas of the budget, particularly a hiring freeze that has left many positions open.
"I'm not ringing any alarm bells," said Kleine. "We're going to be able to balance the general fund budget."
Rawlings-Blake raised parking fees and fines, slashed a discount for early property tax payments and boosted taxes on hotel stays, energy use and cell phone and land lines last year as part of an effort to generate $48 million in new revenue to help plug the city's $121 million budget gap.
Kleine attributed the drop in income tax revenue in part to rising gas prices. Councilwoman Belinda Conaway, who chairs the budget committee, questioned him about Rawlings-Blake's support for a higher state gas tax.
"In the short term, higher gas prices could reduce employment," Kleine said. But he added that the higher gas tax was necessary for the state's long-term financial health.
While higher parking meter fees are projected to bring in slightly more revenue than initial projections, increased parking taxes and parking fines are expected to fall substantially short. Kleine said parking appears to have decreased in Downtown Baltimore lots due to roadwork. The city is finishing $4.2 million in road projects to prepare for the Baltimore Grand Prix in September.
Two fees proposed by council members missed projections by a wide margin. Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young pushed increases in the fines for public drunkenness, urination, spitting and other nuisance crimes, but the initiative is predicted to bring a little more than a quarter of the $220,000 projected.
Councilman Robert W. Curran pushed through fees for the video slot machines found in bars and convenience stores. Kleine said revenue figures were not available for the tax because the first payment was not due to the city until Feb.1. Only 600 of the devices have been registered with the city — far less than the 1,650 officials had predicted.
"They're hiding them. They're cheating us," said Curran. "If they don't want to give us $5 a day [in taxes], the hell with them. Let's go after them."
But Kleine said the Finance Department would focus enforcement efforts first on collecting the bottle tax. The collections unit has hired a consultant to scan through beverage distributors' records to determine if they have been paying the 2-cents-per-bottle tariff, Kleine said. Collections agents will begin visiting retailers on Wednesday to study records, Kleine said.
Finance officials say the city is facing an $80 million deficit in the coming budget year. Rawlings-Blake is set to unveil her budget proposal on March 30.
We just watched as Clinton neo-liberals and Obama sent our Federal Medicare and Medicaid to privatization and dismantlement and guess whose money filled those funds-----decades of payroll taxes paid by the very people now being sent to preventative care only. As the middle-class declines and more and more of the tax revenue falls on the working poor-----I would shout to what are the 99% of Americans to make sure that if you are paying all of the taxes you control government and public policy for using those taxes.
As we rebuild Baltimore City with what will be working class and middle-class jobs we must have Baltimore City Hall filled with pols that want to use that revenue for the communities from which it came. We know that the goal of global pols and International Economic Zones is the opposite-----we will not be citizens controlling public policy----we will be milked with taxation to maximize profits----and we will work in third world conditions.
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST CONTROL PUBLIC POLICY IN ORDER TO SEE TAXES SENT TO THEIR COMMUNITIES AND TO DO THAT THEY MUST GET RID OF GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS-----ALL MARYLAND POLS ARE GLOBAL CORPORATE.
'The loss to the government on account of SEZ is incredible. In 2004 – 2005, the government already incurred a loss of Rs. 41,000 crores – a staggering 72% of customs revenues and 23% of total indirect tax revenue of any kind. The Finance Ministry estimates that Rs. 1.75 lakh crores will be lost over the next five years.
These capital driven enclaves have all the bearings of impending economic crisis and the concomitant political and legal turmoil. SEZs are not simply about land-based displacement-inducing projects driven by the nexus of capital and state. It is also about the replacement of democracy by governance by corporations, the new form of governance by capital supplanting people. It is also about growth with inequity, and social and environmental injustice. It is also about democratization of control over and governance of resources by people in response, as a matter of right and struggle'.
6,000 tea workers face eviction threat due to establishment of a special economic zone in Habiganj
August 20, 2015 by ILC Asia
SOURCE: Kapaeeng Foundation
Recently the government of Bangladesh undertook plan to acquire 500 acres of land belonging to tea workers for establishment of Bangladesh Economic Zones in Chunarughat upazila under Habiganj district. Around 6,000 tea workers belong to indigenous Santal community have been living on this land for generations. They will be uprooted from their ancestral land if the government plan is implemented.
Tea workers alleged that they get only Taka 69 (US$ 0.80) per day for their job. Even after that, they have been living happily because they have land to cultivate and reside in. But, as president of Chandpur Tea Garden Panchayet Committee Sadhan Santal said, there is a conspiracy to grab their ancestral land in the name of building a special economic zone.
It is worth mentioning that around 6,000 Santals are dependent on 500 acres of land of Chunarughat upazila for living and cultivation. Among them, around 1,100 Santals work at the Chandpur Tea Garden. The Santal labourers claimed that their predecessors made the land cutting hills and forests 150-200 years ago. There is a graveyard of their forefathers. They cannot give away their ancestral land.
In a discussion on “Human Rights of Tea Garden Workers and Their Socio-Economic Development” jointly organised by Indigenous Social Development Organisation and Tea Garden Workers on 2 August 2015 at National Press Club in Dhaka, the workers of Chandpur Tea Garden in Habiganj threatened that they would rather die than give up their ancestral land chosen for setting up a special economic zone. (This report has been prepared based on information collected through Kapaeeng’s networks and news of The Daily Star titled ‘Tea workers won’t give ancestral land’ published on 3 August 2015.)