The Dallas Morning News
WASHINGTON – Congress gave final approval Wednesday to a plan that will spare millions of middle-class taxpayers from paying higher taxes in the coming months. The White House welcomed the development and said President Bush would sign the bill.
The tax reprieve postpones for one year only the alternative minimum tax, a parallel tax system enacted in 1969 to prevent very wealthy investors from using deductions and tax shelters to avoid paying income tax altogether. The alternative tax has ensnared a growing number of middle-class Americans in recent years because the 1969 law was Read more
The Huffington Post
Season's Greetings to Wal-Mart from the University of California/Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education! The UC Berkeley Labor Center has been producing research since 1964, but this week the research team released not one---but two---studies, neither of which you will find under Wal-Mart's Christmas Tree.
According to the first report, "A Downward Push: The Impact of Wal-Mart Stores on Retail Wage and Benefits," researchers found that employees at Wal-Mart earn lower average wages and receive less generous benefits than workers employed by many other large retailers Read more
Berkeley Study [ABC 7 (Calif.)]
is getting new attention for its business practices. This time, it's a study
from UC Berkeley's Labor Research Center. It suggests that Wal-Mart could pay
its people more, and still provide customers with low prices. Wal-Mart is the
country's largest retailer with arguably some of the lowest prices.
Financial Times - UK
A spectre is apparently haunting America - the spectre of "populism". "New populism spurs Democrats on the economy," cried the front page headline in The New York Times the other day. Republicans rail against unseemly "class warfare", while centrist Democrats fret that hard-edged populist appeals will spook suburban voters.
"It is not unusual," The New York Times explained, "for candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination to move left in the primary season." However, rhetoric aside, there is little reason to view today's supposedly wild-eyed Democrats as "populist" Read more
NOVEMBER 8, 2006
ACORN Celebrates Wage Increase Victories;
Community Group Also Helped Boost Turnout in 20 States
WASHINGTON - November 8 - ACORN members is four states -- Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, and Ohio -- celebrated the overwhelming success of ballot initiative campaigns to raise the minimum wage. They also applauded the successful efforts of other coalitions which passed wage increases in Nevada and Montana. Read more
at 504-994-4669 or
Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Motivating Voters
WASHINGTON - November 6 - The AFL-CIO and ACORN's campaign to raise the minimum wage will be driving voters to the polls in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio on Tuesday.
But the two organizations are also going all-out to give low and moderate income voters in key states across the country extra incentive to get out and vote in the mid-term elections.
New York Times
After months of fevered lobbying and bitter debate, the Chicago City Council passed a groundbreaking ordinance yesterday requiring "big box" stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits.
The ordinance, imposing the requirement on stores that occupy more than 90,000 square feet and are part of companies grossing more than $1 billion annually, would be the first in the country to single out large retailers for wage rules.
A gallery packed with supporters of the bill broke into cheers Read more