The vast majority us will never see that amount in a year. Others, however…
Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
President Biden’s plan to hike taxes would inevitably hurt hardworking, middle-class Americans.
Roughly one million small businesses could be affected by these increases, undeniably limiting their American Dream.
[….] 10:08 AM · Apr 5, 2021
“…inevitably…” As in “trickle down”? Yeah, no.
As always, there was much hilarity in the responses:
It’s not a tax increase except for the ones who r rich. Remember the tax decreases that u and the Republicans gave to the ones who didn’t need it?
Trickle down theory has never worked and never will
The corporations are still getting a tax cut. Biden’s increase doesn’t raise their tax rate to what is was before Trump’s tax cut.
Sedition also undeniably limits the American Dream.
Vicky, show us on your tax return where the bad president hurt you. Or better yet show us, your constituents, your tax returns for the last decade so we can make informed decisions about retaining your services as our rep. I bet you won’t.
I make a very good living, I’m middle class & live in your district.
These tax increases aren’t going to affect me at all.
Just you, welfare queen.
I wasn’t aware middle-class included those making $400,000+. Get real; either bring a legitimate complaint and or viable solutions the current leadership can implement. [….]
Since when is someone making $400,000 or more middle class?
You are incorrect and should probably make sure you know the facts of how legislation will actually affect your non-wealthy constituents.
Just as the Biden administration is pushing to raise taxes on corporations, a new study finds that at least 55 of America’s largest firms paid no taxes last year on billions of dollars in profits. … Many also received millions of dollars in tax rebates.
Your blatant dishonesty is something to behold. What you’re really concerned about is Biden hiking YOUR taxes after all of the government windfalls you’ve found yourself the beneficiary of.
Biden tax hike is for people making 400,000 and over. Stop lying. You should had listened when he spoke last week.
@RepHartzler, what is it with you and the continuous bullshit dog whistles? We all know the only reason you are complaining is because now your donors are gonna have to pay an equitable amount of taxes. Quit trying to gaslight your constituents.
You are embarrassing
But of course having their power grid collapse or water systems fail would be just fine. You really are #Clueless aren’t you.
This afternoon from House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D):
Crystal Quade @crystal_quade
As of today revenue is down $251 mil
HB 548 adds a $180 mil loss by 2023 by giving more tax cuts to the wealthiest
We still have tax cuts from SB 509 on the way- $450 mil in losses per year, or $630 mil fully phased in
Zero debate allowed on the underlying bill. Passed 78 to 72 4:30 PM – 9 Apr 2019
C131133 01/02/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Burns and McDonnell 9400 Ward Parkway Kansas City MO 64114 1/2/2014 $25,000.00
C131133 01/02/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Crawford, Murphy, & Tilly, Inc. 2750 West Washington St. Springfield IL 62702 1/2/2014 $20,000.00
C131133 01/11/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Missouri Construction Industry Advancement Fund PO Box 94 Jefferson City MO 65102 1/10/2014 $22,464.99
C131133 01/11/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Pace Construction Company 1620 Woodson Road St Louis MO 63114 1/10/2014 $57,500.00
C131133 01/13/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Associated General Contractors of Missouri Inc. PO Box 94 Jefferson City MO 65102 1/11/2014 $10,266.66
C131133 01/22/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Industry Advancement Fund Heavy Constructors 3101 Broadway Suite 780 Kansas City MO 64111 1/21/2014 $10,266.67
C131133 01/22/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. 2602 N Stadium Blvd Columbia MO 65202 1/21/2014 $75,000.00
C131133 02/07/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Site Advancement Foundation (SAF) 2705 Dougherty Ferry Road Suite 203 St Louis MO 63122 2/7/2014 $7,093.34
C131133 02/07/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Kiewit Infrastructure Co 7926 S Platte Canyon Road Littleton CO 80128 2/7/2014 $50,000.00
C131133 02/10/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Missouri Construction Industry Advancement Fund PO Box 94 Jefferson City MO 65102 2/10/2014 $10,000.00
Alas, it looks like we’re doomed to subsist in a socialist hellhole where people pool their resources for the greater good toward construction of public projects which also allow large corporations to make money. We could just walk cross country and pay ferry tolls to intrepid pure capitalist entrepreneurs at private river crossings. Will we ever come to realize the gross inefficiencies of the state? Just asking.
According to Ryan Cooper at WaPo’s Plum Line, one of the two key senators behind a new attempt to do something about our badly decaying national infrastructure is none other than our own Roy Blunt. Guess he’s getting a little tired of trotting out the same ol’, same ol’ Obamacare scare stories that GOP congress people are obligated to regurgitate at regular intervals, or figuring out how to give his big donors, such as Monsanto, for instance, another lucrative sign of his appreciation, so he’s finally decided to sign on to something important – and, make no mistake, for Congress to begin making bipartisan noises about addressing our dire infrastructure challenges in any fashion at all is a major biggie during this period of cockamaime, mostly GOP-imposed austerity. As Cooper notes “We’ve got ancient water mains, leaky gas pipes, crumbling roads and bridges,” and if we continue to do nothing, they’ll only get worse, fast.
No matter how anyone spins it, though, Senator Blunt, deserves some credit. He, together with Democratic Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, is actually taking the lead in the Senate to introduce legislation complementary to that put forward in the House last year by Maryland’s Democratic Rep. John Delaney.
The legislation seeks to address infrastructure problems in the face of the near bankruptcy of the Highway Trust Fund which traditionally funds such projects, and which has been bankrolled by an increasingly inadequate gas-tax of 18.4 cents a gallon. That number hasn’t changed since 1993, and, given the make-up of the House of Representatives, it won’t increase anytime too soon. At the same time, the U.S. loses revenue from big corporations that stash their earnings overseas. The proposed legislation addresses both areas of revenue shortfall:
Delaney’s plan would create a $50 billion federal fund to bankroll loans and leverage private investment for transportation and other infrastructure. The money would come from bonds bought by companies who want a tax break if they bring cash earned abroad back to the United States.
Of course, this plan is not the end-all and be-all in terms of a solution to funding infrastructure maintenance. Think for a few minutes about the idea of a hefty tax break for corportions and you’ll begin to understand just why Senator “Big Bucks” Blunt might find this plan attractive. But it’s also true that, as Cooper notes, this sort of approach is perhaps the only way we’ll manage to get action to address a problem that can’t wait much longer:
Of course these corporations will pocket their tax break, and busily continue piling up their overseas Smaug-like hoards so they can start whining for another one (that’s what they did last time), but as a stopgap measure until we get a less-insane Congress, this is not totally horrible. I fear that right now, that’s as good as we’re going to get.
Maybe Blunt should get some points for bucking the do-nothing GOP plan of non-action. Of course, the best thing for the rest of us to do would be to get to work to get rid of a congress that, again in Cooper’s words, has created an environment in which “our national discussion is so captured by the austerian/anti-tax death grip, we have to come up with Rube Goldberg policy schemes to pretend like we’re not spending money.”
In the past I’ve noted that Missouri hasn’t been doing so well when it comes to specific measures of qualilty of life. It has also seemed apparent to me that the state’s often low rankings in crucial areas have lots to do with the quality of government its citizens have selected – and here I’m talking – mostly – about the legacy of Republican Governor Matt Blunt as well as the antics of the GOP circus that has disabled Jefferson City over the past few years.
Consider these important rankings:
— The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2013 Report Card on American Infrastructure gave Missouri a grade of C-.
— Education Weekranked Missouri 41st in education.
— America’s Health Rankings put Misouri in 42nd place in their 2012 report. Its 2013 report on senior health outcomes put Missouri 33rd among the states.
— The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks Missouri the 7th worst state in the nation when it comes to food insecurity.
Not very flattering to say the least. And now there are two more very sad rankings that can be added to the list above.
First, the Center for American Progress (CAP) recently put out a report on the state of women in America. The report measures issues surrounding economic security, health and leadership. Missouri ranked 31 overall in comparative terms and received a grade of D+; the particulars were economic factors: rank 39/grade D-; health factors: rank 35/grade D; leadership factors: rank 24/grade C.
Second, The Opportunity Index just put out its most recent report. The Index is predicated on the proposition that “if you work hard and play by the rules, your zip code shouldn’t determine the amount of opportunity available to you.” Its goal is to identify:
… the conditions present in different communities and [it] is designed to connect economic, academic, civic and other factors together to help identify concrete solutions to lagging conditions for opportunity and economic mobility. From preschool enrollment to income inequality, from volunteerism to access to healthy food, expanding opportunity depends on the intersection of multiple factors. Developed by Measure of America and Opportunity Nation, the Index gives policymakers and community leaders a powerful tool to advance opportunity-related issues and work, advocate for positive change and track progress over time. The Index measures 16 indicators, and scores all 50 states plus Washington DC on a scale of 0-100 each year. In addition, more than 3,000 counties are graded A-F, giving policymakers and leaders a useful tool to identify areas for improvement and to gauge progress over time.
And guess what? Once again Missouri, ranked 28th, falls into the bottom half of the fifty states. You can look at the details here.
The message from all these rankings is pretty clear. Missouri might not be one of the most attractive states in which to live. Who, given a choice, would want to relocate to Missouri? Or, given a choice, remain in the state?
But there is a further message; folks get the government and the concommitant policies that they deserve. Think of the last legislative session in Jefferson City. Bills were put forward to please the gun nuts (and I do mean nuts), conspiracy theorists, nullificationists, anti-abortion fanatics, corporate lobbyists and other influence peddlers. Nothing was done to address any of the issues addressed by the various reports discussed above – actually, by refusing to expand Medicaid, the legislature moved Missouri backwards. Yet it’s very likely that many of the same legislators who were braying loudest about utter nonsense will be returned after the next election. Draw your own conclusions.
Addendum: Upon reflection it strikes me that there’s a third message to be derived from this data. Remember when red-meat eating Texas Governor Rick Perry was touring the state trying to persuade all and sundry that he had the key to prosperity? Well Texas ranks at about the same or lower in all the measures discussed above – infrastructure: C+; education: 39th; food insecurity: 2nd worst in the U.S.; state of women: ranking 45/grade F; opportunity index: 38th. Goes to show that all that Texas has going for it is oil reserves and the related jobs, and, consequently, when it comes to government, the red state solution might not be what’s called for if Missouri wants to fix its problems.
All over America, the news is spreading that long-term investment in our national infrastructure, is — amazingly — a good idea. I guess people start to wake up when bridges start to fail, schools fall apart, etc; the writing’s on the crumbling wall, so-to-speak. Rebuilding America is a trillion dollar plus project. Levees, roads, bridges.
But while we’re in the infrastructure inventory mood, why not look at some upgrades? God knows, whenever my computer takes a dive and I’m forced to replace it, I always look to moving my specs up a notch or two, don’t you?
Current infrastructure upgrades include:
* the high-speed rail initiative catching up to technology already in wide use in other countries,
* smart grid technology creating two-way digital communication in the way we distribute energy and,
* replacing our automotive fleets and buildings with cleaner and greener options that make a real contribution toward our nation’s sustainability portfolio.
But another infrastructure upgrade, possibly the most obvious, is simply making our homes and offices more energy efficient. And this is a project that will stimulate the economy and create 2,000,000 jobs over 10-15 years. Like health care reform, infrastructure repair, energy efficiency upgrades are a trillion dollar project.
Yesterday, in Missouri, 150 concerned citizens lobbied state legislators with the common sense idea behind improving our homes to higher levels of efficiency. Politically practical approaches were laid out featuring game-changing economic initiatives to make all this improvement work and job-creation possible.
Renew Missouri and Missouri Coalition for the Environment brought together small business owners, activists, green energy experts and other stakeholders to sound these sensible arguments and deliver important information about the latest developments in energy efficiency:
Missourians Tell Legislators: Energy Efficiency Now!
New “Game-Changing” policies will save home owners money on utility bills and create thousands of in-state jobs…
Jefferson City, MO – Citizens from across Missouri convened at the State Capitol on Wednesday to urge legislators to update the state’s outdated energy efficiency policies. Participants carried signs calling for Energy Efficiency Now! while listening to state energy efficiency policy experts and Missouri home energy auditors speak of the benefits of efficiency and of legislative solutions for efficiency improvement.
PJ Wilson of Renew Missouri explained that Missouri currently ranks 41st in the country for energy efficiency, which costs Missourians millions of dollars on their electric bills each year. Missouri also has one of the nation’s fastest rising energy rates, only made worse in the struggling economy. “Energy efficiency addresses high electric bills and creates in-state jobs,” says Wilson.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is one of four proposed solutions. PACE is proving to be successful in 14 states and is often consider a “game-changer” for energy efficiency and renewable energy. PACE is state-enabling legislation that allows cities to pursue bonds to pay for a revolving loan program that lends money to both commercial and residential property owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. It alleviates the upfront cost of efficiency and renewable upgrades by allowing home or business owners to pay for over time through an additional charge on property tax.
PACE’s revenue neutral characteristics make it an easy win for legislators and municipalities; it is already receiving bipartisan support in Jefferson City. “PACE provides a longer-term financing scheme for energy efficiency upgrades, so home-owners will make improvements with very low up-front costs. By spreading out the payments over the course of 15-20 years, the energy savings gained each month on electric bills often make the upgrades net positive from day one,” says Marc Bluestone, of Missouri Association of Accredited Energy Professionals (MAAEP).
Beyond lower electric bills, pursuing energy efficiency also increases a home’s overall value. “Homes with efficiency sell faster, spend fewer days on the market, and sell for a higher percentage of the listing price. People are starting to figure out that efficiency pays while you live in a home — and when it’s time to sell a home,” said Bluestone.
Damien Flaherty, of EnergyAudits.com and MAAEP, described the overlap of economic and security benefits of efficiency. “Currently, Missouri imports 95% of its energy resources — coal, natural gas, oil — we can’t change that geological reality. But what we can improve are the 2 million homes already built in Missouri. We can make these buildings more efficient and therefore use less imported fuels. And updating our housing stock will undoubtedly create tens of thousands of in-state jobs that can’t be outsourced or sent overseas.”
After, the citizens met with legislators throughout the day encouraging action on efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Now! rally on the Capitol steps was a part of Conservation Lobby Day, an annual event sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Missouri Votes Conservation, and the Missouri Sierra Club.
Renew Missouri recommends a suite of four “best practice” priorities, and more information can be found at http://www.RenewMo.org. Renew Missouri is a project of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, has successfully transformed renewable energy policy in Missouri with its work on the Easy Connection Act in 2007 and on Proposition C, a renewable electricity standard, in 2008.
The news of energy efficiency is spreading, and as I’ve said before, I predict that not only will every building in our country be audited and analyzed to diagnose what improvements can be made, but eventually, the idea of an energy efficiency audit and retrofit will be as commonplace as the safety and emissions test for your car — you heard it here first!