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Note that progressive Congress members from NY also support repeal of the cap. A compromise would be to raise the cap amount so that only the very well off would be affected.


Now, with Democrats in control of the upper chamber, several lawmakers are using their leverage in the narrowly Democratic House to try to force a full repeal of the SALT cap into upcoming legislation. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that 62% of the benefits of repeal would go to the richest 1%.

In a joint statement late Tuesday afternoon, Reps. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) declared that they “will not accept any changes to the tax code that do not restore the SALT deduction and put fairness back into the system.”

“We say, ‘No SALT, no deal,'” the lawmakers said. “The GOP passed an unfair cap of $10,000 on state and local tax (SALT) deductions to pay for their 2017 tax giveaway. Due to the GOP cap, our home states of New York and New Jersey have been crushed and residents have been leaving for other states.”

The trio of House Democrats issued their demand just 24 hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s expected release of a $2.25 trillion infrastructure and climate package that the president is aiming to finance by hiking taxes on the wealthy and corporations. While Biden is pushing to partially reverse some elements of the 2017 GOP tax law—including its cut to the corporate tax rate—the initial package is not expected to call for repeal of the SALT cap.

Axios reported earlier this week that Gottheimer and other centrist Democrats are pushing back against some of the proposed tax increases while simultaneously demanding repeal of the SALT cap as a necessary component of the forthcoming package.

In a column on Tuesday, The Week’s Ryan Cooper argued that “Democratic moderates are holding climate policy hostage to get a tax cut for the rich.” He continued:

The deduction is effectively a roundabout subsidy of high-tax blue states (because it lessens the burden of paying their often higher taxes), and capping it was a gleeful Republican finger into the eye of places like Maryland, New York, and California. But the benefits of removing the cap would be extraordinarily regressive. It would cost about $357 billion over just five years, and according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, over half of that money would be collected by the top 1 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom four-fifths of Americans would get basically nothing…

There are a modest number of arguably middle-class people affected by the SALT cap, but even in New Jersey and New York the vast majority of people hit by this are very comfortable or better. If Democrats wanted to throw a bone to union pipefitters in Long Island (or whoever) paying huge property tax bills thanks to old homes that have appreciated a lot, they could easily just increase the cap a bit so the top one percent doesn’t get the lion’s share of the benefit. But Gottheimer and Suozzi want to remove the cap entirely, because that’s what local oligarchs want.

Politico reported Tuesday that in addition to Gottheimer, Suozzi, and Pascrell, “several more lawmakers are in conversations about the [SALT cap repeal] effort and plan to formally join in the coming days.”

“Right now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team can only afford to lose three Democratic votes,” Politico noted. “The push to revisit SALT—which comes as Biden unveils his multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal on Wednesday—comes with a hefty price tag: $88.7 billion for 2021 alone, and far more for a permanent repeal of the cap.”

The idea of repealing the SALT cap has also won buy-in from some House progressives, including Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) and Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.)—though they have not publicly demanded repeal as part of the upcoming infrastructure package.

“There are some members who feel very strongly about it,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters Tuesday. “I’m not sure that our members will see it as one of the fundamental reforms for the tax system that would make the system more fair.”


I’m for the repeal of SALT, but it would have to be modified.


Here we go again. These yahoos are NOT moderates. They are craporate RWingers! Centrist, center of what exactly?? 💩🤮



From Laborer to Labor Secretary: Marty Walsh Officially Ushers in New Era at DOL
March 24, 2021

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Former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was sworn-in as U.S. labor secretary Tuesday evening, the first union member in 45 years to lead the Department of Labor.

Marty Walsh was a building trades member and leader in Boston who served as the city’s mayor for seven years until being confirmed Monday as the nation’s labor secretary.
On Monday, 18 Republicans joined all Democrats to support Walsh’s nomination, voting 68-29 to confirm him.

“I spent my entire career fighting for working people, and I’m eager to continue that fight in Washington,” Walsh said afterwards in his hometown as he formally stepped down as mayor after seven years.

Walsh’s confirmation as an unabashed union advocate is historic — an irony that Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown pointed out on the Senate floor before the vote.

“Too many people in this town don’t know what it’s like not to have a voice on the job. They don’t understand collective bargaining and the power that a union card gives you over your career and your finances and your future,” Brown said.

“Marty Walsh does understand it. Like President Biden, he’s not afraid to talk about the labor movement; he doesn’t recoil from using the word ‘union.’”

The last labor secretary with union roots was William Usery Jr., a Machinist who founded and led his own local. He was appointed in 1976 to serve the final year of Gerald Ford’s presidency.

Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, followed his father and uncle into Laborers Local 223 and its leadership. He went on to head the Greater Boston Building Trades coalition, while also serving 16 years in the Massachusetts Legislature.

IBEW leaders in the region hold Walsh in the highest regard, saying he’s “one of us” and has never forgotten where he came from.

“There isn’t anything that we have asked him that he hasn’t responded to, going back as a state rep and as mayor,” said Boston Local 2222 Business Manager Myles Calvey, who also serves on the International Executive Council. “He’s always thinking about the workers.”

International President Lonnie R. Stephenson that choosing Walsh is one of the many ways that President Biden is keeping his campaign promises to help American workers.

“He chose someone from the union movement, not just someone who supports us from the outside,” he said. “As much as we greatly need and appreciate every ally we have, there’s a difference when you understand something because you’ve lived it. All workers, union and nonunion are better off now that Marty Walsh has their backs.”

Stephenson and IBEW leaders who’ve worked directly with Walsh for decades in Massachusetts stress that by standing with workers he has spurred economic progress and development, not hindered it.

“Marty understands both sides,” said Second District International Vice President Mike Monahan. “He gets the economics of labor. We have to be competitive in the building trades. We have to be the best trained, but our contractors have to be competitive if they’re going to win work and keep creating jobs.”

That wasn’t lost on Sen. Richard Burr, who gave a three-minute floor speech strongly encouraging his Republican colleagues to join him in backing Walsh.

“Why is a guy from North Carolina here to encourage my colleagues to vote for the mayor of Boston, Massachusetts?” Burr asked. “It’s quite simple: Mayor Walsh has the background, the skills and the awareness for the need of balance in conversations between labor and management.”

Burr reminded them of the DOL’s “immensely important role” in helping the nation’s job market recover from the pandemic.

“This is a job that needs filling,” he said. “Mayor Walsh emphasized during his nomination hearing that he wanted to work with us collaboratively to help the American workers improve and expand opportunities… He is committed to making sure commerce and labor work cooperatively.”

Brown didn’t disagree but was clear that Walsh’s first loyalty is to workers.

“For years we’ve had a Department of Labor full of corporate lawyers. In fact, the secretary of labor was a corporate lawyer who made millions of dollars attacking labor unions in court,” Brown said of Walsh’s predecessor. “The department was full of people who made their careers fighting for corporate boards and CEOs trying to squeeze every last penny out of workers and skirting labor law.”

He drew a direct line between economic growth and good-paying, safe, union jobs — such as hundreds of thousands of building trades jobs that the administration’s Build Back Better plan is expected to create.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to rebuild our economy with workers at the center,” Brown said. “If you love your country, you fight for the people who make it work. As secretary of labor, that’s what Marty Walsh will do.”

As Walsh told senators at his confirmation hearing in February, his values were forged in his blue-collar childhood in Dorchester, the Boston neighborhood that’s been his lifelong home.

“I thought about my uncle and my father talking at the kitchen table on Sundays about fighting for the rights of workers,” he said. “About making sure that jobs were there so that people wouldn’t be unemployed, making sure that they didn’t have to have benefit dances to support union brothers and sisters because their kids were sick or somebody died.”

His improbable journey was still on his mind as he bid farewell to his constituents in Boston on Monday night, just before flying to Washington to take the oath of office and begin his new job.

“My mother got a call about a month ago from a person who drove her to the airport when she was 17 years old in Ireland,” Walsh said. “She didn’t know this person was still alive.

“He called my mother to tell her, ‘Mary, I never would have expected the day I dropped you off at Shannon Airport that someday your son would be the secretary of labor.’”



A new study released Wednesday morning shows that nearly 50 million Americans would be unable to afford quality healthcare should the need for treatment suddenly arise, a finding seen as further evidence of the immorality of a for-profit insurance system that grants or denies coverage based on a person’s ability to pay.

“People can’t afford their goddamn healthcare,” Tim Faust, a proponent of single-payer healthcare, tweeted in response to the new report. “Families spend less on food so they can make insurance payments. This problem is felt by all, but concentrated among poor people and black people. The American model of health reform—throwing money at private insurers—can not solve it.”

“The rot is pervasive and it runs deep,” Faust added. “People who can’t afford healthcare just don’t get healthcare. Wealthy men get to live fifteen years longer than poor men. We have condemned poor children to die from things which do not kill rich children. In America, sickness makes you poor; poorness makes you sick; then you die.”

According to the report by Gallup and West Health, 18% of U.S. adults—around 46 million people—say that if they needed access to quality healthcare today, they would not be able to cover the costs. The same percentage of adults report that, amid a deadly pandemic, someone in their household has opted to skip needed care over the past year due to inability to pay.


Subsidized junk insurance is not the answer to this problem.


If big insurance had their way they would keep men 25 and under, women 25 and under unless they become Pregnant ,then they have a pre existing condition. They hate paying out claims and the 25 under have the least claims.




Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday said that referring to the rise in border crossings over the past few months as a “surge” or “invasion” smacks of white supremacy.

“So much of our national conversation, which is not a conversation, about immigration, is driven by people who could not care less about immigrants. So often, people want to say, ‘Why aren’t you talking about the border crisis?’ or ‘Why aren’t you talking about it in this way?’ Well, we’re talking about it, they just don’t like how we’re talking about it,” she said while answering questions on her Instagram Story.

“It’s not a border crisis. It’s an imperialism crisis, it’s a climate crisis, it’s a trade crisis, and also, it’s a carceral crisis,” she added, arguing that the US’ foreign policy legacy in Central America, its trade policies, and its contributions to global climate change have disproportionately affected the global South.

Read more: The MAGA messaging on immigration is scaring the hell out of some conservatives as millions of newly naturalized citizens will soon be joining the American electorate

Ocasio-Cortez also pointed out other issues with using the word “surge.”

“Anyone who’s using the word ‘surge’ around you, consciously, is trying to invoke a militaristic frame. And that’s a problem. Because this is not a surge, these are children,” she said. “And they are not insurgents. And we are not being invaded, which, by the way, is a white supremacist idea, philosophy, the idea that if an ‘other’ is coming in the population, that this is an invasion of who we are.”

Early Wednesday, freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene accused Ocasio-Cortez of “lying” and “being a racist,” in connecting the terms “surge” to white supremacy.


Meanwhile, news involving one of the sources of the “surge.”


The brother of the Honduras president, Juan Orlando Hernández, has been sentenced by a US court to life in prison after he was convicted over what prosecutors described as “state-sponsored drug trafficking”.

Juan Antonio “Tony” Hernández, a former Honduran congressman, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by US district judge P Kevin Castel, who also ordered him to forfeit $138m.

Hernández was convicted in October 2019 of charges that carried a mandatory minimum sentence of 40 years in prison.

Assistant US attorney Matthew Laroche told the judge that Hernández for 15 years fueled a flood of cocaine shipments into the United States by paying millions of dollars to top Honduran officials like his brother.


we are basically a global mafia at this point.


To the extent our representatives give a blank check to the American Imperialists to operate with no accountability every year, yes.


Sadly that sums it up corporate and govt wise. Most Americans would have a sense of a win win in dealings with other countries in the 3rd world


Some Americans like us proud members of this Progressive Nest don’t! I consider it FRightwing smearing.


This is great AND she really should stop supporting the coup in Venezuela.


Even a tick has more brains than this QAnon addled female yahoo.💩


T and R, NYCVG, and the rest of the usual excellent TPW suspects!! ☮️😊👍



So, think about it: While “Keeping Up With the Cuomos” was in full swing, anchor Chris was well aware of the nursing homes scandal but didn’t dare to direct even one question about it to his brother because of a conflict of interest. Chris was also receiving serious preferential treatment around testing when little was available to the general public.

And when things went south for the governor, he was able to hide behind a “rule” that he couldn’t cover his brother.

This is obviously an ethical nightmare for CNN, which has already seen its ratings plummet by almost 50 percent since January now that Donald Trump is off the big stage.

CNN’s argument was always that it was the objective network — down the middle, far apart from its competitors on the left and right.

That position is a distant memory.

“We generally do not get involved in the medical decisions of our employees,” a CNN spokesman explained in a Thursday statement that ignored the obvious ethical questions. “However, it is not surprising that in the earliest days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance, as any human being would.”

All networks have their controversies big and small. Most can eventually shake them off and move on. But the Cuomo brothers show is decidedly different. You can point the finger at the governor and at the anchor.

But most of all, you can point the finger at the network that somehow allowed it all to happen.


Wisconsin Supreme Court rules Tony Evers’ emergency orders, face mask requirement unlawful

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled Gov. Tony Evers acted unlawfully when he issued multiple pandemic emergency orders — including face mask requirements — handing Gov. Tony Evers a significant setback in his ability to impose COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The order means the governor will be barred from extending the state’s current COVID-19 emergency order and mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 5, unless the Republican-controlled Legislature votes to extend it. Otherwise, it will continue to be up to local governments, such as cities and counties, to impose their own virus restrictions.

The court’s 4-3 ruling on Wednesday, with conservative swing Justice Brian Hagedorn joining the conservative majority, follows a pattern of skepticism the state’s highest court has exhibited toward the governor’s mitigation efforts since the pandemic began.

Hagedorn delivered the majority opinion where he wrote that Wisconsin law gives Evers extraordinary powers for only a short duration, 60 days, following the declaration of a public health emergency.

“The plain language of the statute explains that the governor may, for 60 days, act with expanded powers to address a particular emergency,” Hagedorn wrote. “Beyond 60 days, however, the legislature reserves for itself the power to determine the policies that govern the state’s response to an ongoing problem. Similarly, when the legislature revokes a state of emergency, a governor may not simply reissue another one on the same basis.”

Since the start of the outbreak, Evers has issued three public health emergencies and a series of related orders. The case asked the court to strike down two of the governor’s most recent executive orders, which could affect not only the state’s face mask requirement but a future governor’s ability to address emergency situations without buy-in from the Legislature.

The case also challenged Evers’ limits on public gatherings and capacity restrictions in bars, restaurants and stores. However, those limits are no longer in effect after an appeals court put them on hold. The Supreme Court declined to take up that case, so there are no statewide capacity limits although some local restrictions remain in place.

The case was brought by major Republican donor Jere Fabick, who has given more than $350,000 to Republican or conservative candidates in Wisconsin between 1994 and 2020, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. In 2016, Fabick gave $20,000 to conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley. Fabick is a board member and policy adviser for The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank and also the president of a multi-state Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer.

Fabick argued that Evers’ second and third state of emergency declarations and the related emergency orders go beyond the governor’s short-term emergency authority.

Wisconsin law limits public health emergencies to 60 days, although the Legislature can extend them. Evers has issued new health emergencies, reasoning that the challenges caused by the pandemic have changed since March.


Objectively, each surge should be an emergency. I can see how an order that stands in perpetuity would be subject to abuse though.


The Wi GQP doesnt believe in the science or the safety of its citizens. Profit over safety. Looking back on it Americans didnt learn much from the last pandemic a 100 years ago. Many of the same issues safety wise the same today as back then.


Same crap down in the Dumbshine State. We’ve been on our own in terms of getting the correct info since day one. 💩


I don’t believe this will save Cuomo’s governor’s seat, but it’s good that he bowed to some pressure.


From Meteor Blades


Yes, that $4 trillion or so the Biden-Harris team wants Congress to endorse is a whole lot of money. (Just the first $2 trillion is being presented Wednesday.) The administration’s proposal would head us very much in the right direction, and by 2009 standards it is hugely bold and visionary, in part a product of extensive grassroots input that Biden actively encouraged and obviously listened to. But this $2 trillion spread over eight years isn’t enough. And neither is the full $4 trillion.

I could hear the demurrers long before reaching this point. C’mon, MB, a trillion a year will never pass Congress. It’s ridiculous. So long as the filibuster remains on the Senate’s books, that’s certainly true. But then that’s the case with the Biden-Harris proposal as well. Which tells us we should forget the odds and push for what is really needed. We shouldn’t shy away from long-shot legislation if it is needed legislation.


Another FP’er called it a “down payment.” Which it could be. But already the Lincoln Project people are whispering that this is too much money.


And if it was for the MIC the vote would be at least 2/3 of congress would be in favor of the bill


Nina also got the endorsement of a key council member in Cleveland as well.

From Cleveland.com:

Jackson’s support is the second high-profile endorsement for Turner in two days. On Tuesday, Cleveland City Councilman Blain Griffin, a major player in local Democratic politics, announced he would back Turner’s candidacy over establishment favorite Shontel Brown, a Cuyahoga County councilwoman and chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.


Great news!

From the article

Jackson, who also worked closely with Fudge over time, said his endorsement of Turner doesn’t reflect any break with Fudge. He said on Tuesday that he talked with Fudge just that morning about her new role and what it could mean for Cleveland.

“This is a matter of choice that I am making,” Jackson said. “I believe that of all the candidates out there, Nina Turner is the best choice.”

For Jackson, that means having a candidate capable of tackling some tough issues – fallout over police use of force, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis; subsequent social unrest; a nation dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and a teetering economy.

“We have to have somebody who is tried and true. … The measure here is who can guide us through these waters,” Jackson said. “I believe that person is Nina Turner.

The Jackson endorsement, coupled with Griffin’s, gives Turner a significant boost within the Cuyahoga Democratic infrastructure.

Griffin was one of Biden’s first Ohio supporters in the 2020 primary, countering some of the preconceived notions about this race being a proxy war between Biden’s supporters and those of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

And Jackson, the longest-serving mayor in Cleveland history, is synonymous with the Democratic Party establishment.

Perhaps most telling is the coalescing behind Turner of both Jackson and the Service Employees International Union Local 1199. The two have been at odds over local issues, such as public financing for renovations to the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse or the $15-an-hour minimum wage for the city. The relationship was so contentious at times that the union accused Jackson of “Seven major sins against workers.”

That those two were able to find common ground in supporting Turner is an indication that her base of local support may not be limited to just Sanders’ supporters. Griffin and Jackson also pave the way for other local Democrats to follow suit, even though Brown serves as chairwoman of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.


Dont let your guard down Nina!!!!! We dont trust the DNC at any level


Amen! I can NOT wait to see Mz. Nina joining the Squad!👏👏👏