December 18, 2017 AAA

December 18, 2017 Dear OSTPDX, It’s shaping up to be quite a week. The GOP is looking to push its terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad tax scam bill over the finish line. Pence has cancelled his trip to the Middle East to be on stand-by in case his vote is needed, but it looks like sweeteners added to nail down the votes of Corker (the “Corker Kickback”), Rubio and Collins may be enough. If that vote passes, the resulting $1.5 trillion addition to the deficit will trigger an annual automatic…

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December 11, 2017 AAA

December 11, 2017 Dear OSTPDX, There’s been a lot going on, as usual. I try to give everyone a wide range of things to do in the newsletter, but there are some things this week that deserve special attention, especially ones that are time-sensitive. If you have limited time/energy (and who doesn’t??), focus on these things (which are further described below) first: Don’t give up hope of derailing the Trump Tax Scam! The information about how awful the bill is is getting out there more and more. Even though it…

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December 4, 2017 AAA

December 4, 2017 Dear OSTPDX, With thanks to Indivisible Oregon, here are some thoughts sent to you from Athens, GA, where I am now… Early Saturday morning, 51 Senators voted to: –raise taxes and increase health insurance premiums for nearly everyone, –leave 13 million more people uninsured, and –explode the deficit by more than $1 trillion, all for massive giveaways to corporations and the wealthiest of us. The Senate passed the tax bill without regular order, debate, or committee hearings. There was no time to review or digest the bill,…

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November 27, 2017 AAA

November 27, 2017 Dear OSTPDX, The Trump Tax Scam is terrible. In addition to undermining the ACA by abolishing the individual mandate, it will also disproportionately harm Oregonians. And, the bills’ budget-busting deficit will automatically cause essential programs on which Oregonians rely to be eliminated due to mandatory cuts required by the Pay-As-You-Go (PayGo) statute. If the Trump Tax Scam passes, you can say goodbye to: The state and local tax deduction on which Oregonians disproportionately rely — 46% of Oregonians (vs. 30% nationally) itemize their deductions Popular “green tax…

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