Dispatches from the fight against homelessness and AIDS
Posted by Tim Murphy , October 31, 2013
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) makes a case for H.R. 1579, a.k.a. the Robin Hood Tax, in D.C. yesterday.
We’ve been reporting recently on Housing Works’ involvement in promoting the Robin Hood Tax, which would be a small tax on large financial transactions that, supporters say, could raise around $350 billion a year in revenues for essential national priorities like housing, health care, AIDS research and treatment, job creation ,education—in short, all those things that many folks say we can’t “afford” to fund right now, due to our climate of austerity. In Congress, the bill for such a tax is H.R. 1579, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
Yesterday, approximately 150 Robin Hood Tax advocates attended a Capitol Hill briefing pushing for Congress to pass HR 1579. Speakers included Reps. Ellison, John Conyers, Barbara Lee, Donna Edwards and Judy Chu. Also present were renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs; Robert Pollin, a leading expert on the financial transaction tax; Wally Turbeville, a fellow at the think tank Demos and a former Goldman Sachs investment banker; and Anni Podimata, the vice president of the European Parliament.
After, advocates set out to visit 92 congressional offices, both allies and foes of the Robin Hood Tax. Among the advocates was Christine Campbell, Housing Works vice president of National Advocacy and Organizing. “Passing this bill could mean an end to crisis politics based on budget and could get our country on a more equal footing, decreasing the divide between the haves and have-nots,” she said. Housing Works is one of more than 150 organizations that have endorsed the Robin Hood Tax.
With Congress in gridlock, the Robin Hood Tax is but a great idea at the moment, but at least the groundwork is in place and a movement is underway!blog comments powered by Disqus
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