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A Victory for Rights in Massachusetts

UFE at Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Signing

On Wednesday, July 2, the UFE team joined our sisters at MataHari: Eye of the Day – an organization of women of color, immigrant women and families that works to end exploitation and gender-based violence – at the Massachusetts State House for a momentous occasion: the signing of the Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

If We Value Hard Work, Why Doesn't Our Tax Code?

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Sources:

Congressional Budget Office, "The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2008 and 2009," Supplemental Table 7.
U.S. Census Bureau, “Regions by Median and Mean Income, All Races,” Historical Income Tables, Households, Table H-6. 
Tax Foundation, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rates History, 1862-2013, (Nominal and Inflation-Adjusted Brackets), October 2013
Internal Revenue Service, "The 400 Individual Income Tax Returns Reporting the Largest Adjusted Gross Incomes Each Year, 1992-2009."
Novack, Janet, Forbes.com, "Income of Top 400 Fell 25% in 2009, But They Took Record 16% of All Capital Gains," June 2012.
Congressional Budget Office,"The Distribution of Major Tax Expenditures in the Individual Income Tax System,"  Table 1 and Table 2, May 2013.
Schlesinger, Jill, CBS.com, "Student Loan Debt Nears $1 Trillion: Is it the New Subprime?" November 2012.
U.S. Department of Transportation, DOT Budget and Performance.
U.S. Departtment of Veteran Affairs, "VA 2013 Budget Fast Facts."
National Cancer Institute, Key Points, Cancer Research Funding.
Kessler, Glenn, washingtonpost.com, "'Obamacare': Twice as much as estimated?" March 2012.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "How Health Reform's Medicaid Expansion Will Impact State Budgets" July 2012.

Taxes Raise Revenue

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Tax Day and the Road Ahead

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Looking ahead on the tax front, the House, Senate and President have all put forward budgets. All sides are doing their best to appear willing to compromise, but before a unified budget is passed, House Republicans, Senate Democrats and the Administration will all have to agree on the specifics. In other words, it’s unlikely that anything will happen soon.

Robin Hood is STILL Right

— Haoyu Wu
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Robin Hood and his ragtag crew who took from the rich to give to the poor were simply serving justice in an unfair medieval economy. Today, feudal lords protected by high castle walls do not rule our economy, but we are again living in an age of extreme income and wealth inequality. A Robin Hood-like hero will not rescue us. Together, however, we can achieve truly heroic feats.

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