Taxing Strategies

DC Politics Economics

              New Orleans      It’s hard to believe that any of us want to talk about taxes, but it’s hard to avoid the discussion since next to the act of declaring war, they are one of the most powerful forces that governments exert over their citizens.   You may think I’m going there because of …

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Getting Serious about the Policy of Taxing the Rich

Citizen Wealth Financial Justice

Washington      This whole thing about taxing the rich is getting serious.  There were more than 150 people in a wonk policy festival organized brilliantly by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Economic Policy Institute, two of the most respected research centers in Washington.  Talking about taxes in general is mind-numbing, head spinning, headache producing …

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Real Estate Wealth Taxes as a Anti-Gentrification Tool

Citizen Wealth Financial Justice Foreclosure

New Orleans   Recently I listened to an interview with a prominent local developer on WAMF in New Orleans as he was asked about gentrification.  He tried to walk the line between his self-interest and progressive values.  He was against displacement on one hand, but he opposed inclusionary zoning that would require developers to create affordable …

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