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Make Tax Systems More Progressive

Overview

The usual objection to raising taxes on the wealthy or corporations is that such taxes undermine economic growth; yet there is remarkably little evidence to back up those claims.  Studies instead have emphasized that neither business tax cuts nor estate tax cuts play any significant role in local economic growth.  Instead, the sad truth is that almost every state tax system requires working families to pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than their wealthier citizens.  A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and EPI emphasizes that making state tax systems more progressive is also a way to mitigate the broader trend of growing before-tax economic inequality. 

Core policies to achieve these goals include:

Climate Justice: Promoting Equity in Dealing with Climate Change

Too often, the impact that policies and measures have on low-income and marginalized communities is considered only as an after thought, if at all. Climate change policies are no exception.