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tax reform

32 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Mary Fallin

Show us where our money has gone!

Today, teachers, parents, and students fill and surround the Oklahoma State Capitol building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on day 3 of the Teacher Walkout. Social media is exploding with local and national news coverage, personal posts, and even memes about the walkout. At the same time, momentum is slowly growing among Oklahomans urging the repeal of the recently passed bill granting a modest teacher raise, a small support staff raise, and nearly insignificant sum devoted to operational funding for the schools due to tax increases placed on taxpayers. While many teachers are grateful for the proposed raise, major concerns have arisen regarding the metaphorical "hot check" written to pay for these funds.  Many of these ideas are addressed in a recent news article titled "Oklahoma's Education Disaster," written by Mark Antonio Wright and published on www.nationalreview.com on April 3, 2018. Some of the many great points made in the article come from Wright's interview with Tom Coburn, a former U.S. senator. Wright writes: ' "How about the citizens of Oklahoma being able to see [how state funds are spent]?" Coburn asks. Indeed, Fallin vetoed a bill that would have published how the state spends its money. "How dare her," Coburn says. "We do that on a federal level - you can go to openthebooks.com and find out everything. But in the state, we can't know how we spend the money." '  At a time when education funding, public health funding, mental health services, DHS services, and many other citizen-based services are being cut, the public deserves to know where tax dollars are going. It is time for Oklahomans to see an itemized report showing us where our money has gone.  Please sign this petition in an effort to push our state leadership to be transparent about the mismanagement of our state's money so that we can begin the process of fixing our broken system ourselves. 

Samantha Perry, 7th Grade English Teacher
955 supporters
This petition won 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Sly James, Scott Wagner, Heather Hall, Teresa Loar, Dan Fowler, Quinton Lucas, Katheryn Shields, Jolie Justus, Lee Barnes Jr., Alissia Canady, Scott Taylor, Kevin McManus, Jermaine Reed

Close Universal Floodwater Detention TIF and return surplus funds to taxing jurisdictions.

In 1990, the city of Kansas City, Missouri approved the Universal Floodwater Detention TIF. The plan included the redevelopment of an area of 202.24 acres bordered by Reynolds Avenue on the west, the south bank of the Missouri River on the north, Interstate 435 on the east, and Front Street on the south in Kansas City, Missouri. The plan called for the development of 2,800,000-3,300,000 square feet of office and warehouse space and 32.5 acres of storm water detention facilities, together with all necessary appurtenances, utilities and street improvements. Now, 27 years later, the project has concluded with a surplus of $9.8 million and Kansas City Manager Troy Shulte recently announced a plan to divert $4.8 million of this surplus that would otherwise go for schools ($4.2 million), libraries, community colleges, disability and mental health programs to pay for Kansas City infrastructure, including “recreational amenities.” The Mayor and City Council need to reject the City Manager’s plan.  On April 4, voters authorized the city to borrow and spend up to $800 million for public works projects over the next 20 years. This includes $600 million for streets, bridges and sidewalks.  Under these circumstances City Officials should more thoughtfully balance the distinct needs of our schools and underfunded social service agencies against the large amount Kansas City already has for streets and sidewalks.   As our elected representatives, the City Council should act immediately, in the interest of our children and families and that is why we are asking them to close the Universal TIF now and return all funds payable to the taxing jurisdictions that include schools, libraries, community colleges, disability and mental health programs. There are also surplus Universal TIF funds that are payable to the City. Rather than divert them to already well-funded street repairs, the revenues should be used to provide relief for seniors and families struggling with exorbitant water bills and to fund the Shared Success program to foster economic development in highly distressed census tracks on the east side.

Coalition for Kansas City Economic Development Reform
30 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to President of the United States, United States Congress, A.A.R.P. , The Ellen Degeneres Show

Congress: Stop the Social Security "Marriage Penalty".

Well It's about that time of the year many dread; Filling out, or having others fill out our income tax forms with the impending dread of owing something...or perhaps the unexpected fortune of having "overpaid" and expectant of a check. We go through the merry-go-rounds and roller-coasters year after year thinking we'll reach those "Golden Years"' that place where we have a collective sigh of relief, catch a breath,  relax thinking taxes shouldn't be a torment...Only to find, for retired, working spouses, collecting pensions and Social Security, "marriage bliss" is attached with a steep tax penalty not placed on those who are single, "separated and not living together the entire year" and those who choose to cohabitate, divorced or simply have a "civil union". All of these sub-groups receive $25,000.00 each "base amount" of income exclusion which offsets how much of our Social Security Income is taxable (separate, cohabitating couples, divorced or separated couples receives $50,000.00 toward  Social Security Income offset). Married couples are forced to use a "base amount" of $32,000.00 vice $50,000.00. My first inclination was to file taxes as "Married filing separately" which would magically and mystically incorporate the $25,000.00 "base amount" and remedy this. It was not to be; Instead, "Married filing separately" meant using 85% of Social Security income as our "Basis" for taxation as the offset; The net result being the same; We still owed substantially more than our unmarried contemporaries simply because we were "married"...and simply because we experienced unexpected income this year it made our government the beneficiary/overall winner and recipient of a sizeable amount of our "windfall" due to the "Marriage Penalty". Had we been single, we would have paid a mere fraction of that amount. "When it comes to taxing Social Security, the marriage penalty is very much alive and well. Older married couples having modest incomes and receiving Social Security benefits must pay tax on their benefits if their "base amount" is more than $32,000. (The "base amount" is the married couple's combined adjusted gross income, as reported on their tax return, plus interest from tax-exempt investments, plus 50% of their combined Social Security benefits.) In contrast, each partner in an unmarried couple pays taxes on Social Security benefits only if his or her "base amount" is more than $25,000. That would mean that, as a couple, their base amount could be as high as $50,000 before they had to pay taxes on Social Security benefits." I have no qualms with just and equal taxation. We pay taxes our entire lives. It's tough enough paying taxes on Social Security deposits and then be taxed again on it. But this takes it to yet another level. I take issue with an inherent flaw in our tax law, which needs to be addressed and corrected; There is a sizeable and ever-growing number of U.S. citizens being unfairly treated as a subclass. This issue will become increasingly conspicuous and inflammatory as the second wave of married, dual-income, "baby-boomers" reach retirement age.

R Thomasson
120 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Cory Booker, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tim Kaine, Robert Menendez, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden

IT'S ABOUT TIME

It's About Time that we finally pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.  Everyone makes mistakes, bad decisions and choices in life. For low level prisoners in the federal prison system there is no pathway to redemption. The law proposed in bill S. 1917: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will help change that.  Most people are under the assumption that prison offers inmates time off for good behavior, especially for those that work hard towards rehabilitation. While this is true with many if not all state prisons it is not true with federal prison. There is no reward, or incentive for rehabilitation. There is no parole in the federal prison system unlike the state prison system.  The S. 1917: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act  that was just recently passed by the Senate Judiciary Comittee offers federal prisoners motivational programs for rehabilitation to re-enter society.  WHAT THE BILL DOES: -Credits for working, and or going to school -Reduces taxpayer cost, helps reduce the  countries deficit -Enhances penalties on crimes of violence, opiods, illegal gun, and guns involved in drug transactions, domestic viloence and other crimes and of a violent nature. WHAT THE BILL DOES NOT DO: -DOES NOT let violent offenders out early -DOES NOT let out child molesters or those targeting our children -IT IS NOT a get out of jail free card In short it rewards those who recognize the error of their ways and are eager to correct it, and are making postive changes to become productive, valuable members of society. Please support this common-sense, bipartisian bill. It has 22 Senators who have co-sponsored it. It has wide spread support across both sides of the aisle. 22 cosponsors (12D, 10R) Blunt, Roy [R-MO] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Booker, Cory [D-NJ] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Durbin, Richard [D-IL] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Leahy, Patrick [D-VT] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Lee, Mike [R-UT] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Scott, Tim [R-SC] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] (joined Oct 4, 2017)Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (joined Nov 8, 2017)Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] (joined Feb 6, 2018)Crapo, Michael [R-ID] (joined Feb 6, 2018)Burr, Richard [R-NC] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Casey, Robert “Bob” [D-PA] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Coons, Chris [D-DE] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Ernst, Joni [R-IA] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Peters, Gary [D-MI] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (joined Feb 7, 2018)Nelson, Bill [D-FL] (joined Feb 14, 2018)Young, Todd [R-IN] (joined Feb 14, 2018)Harris, Kamala [D-CA] (joined Feb 15, 2018) This bill in some shape form or fashion has been floated around for close to 20 years.  #itsabouttime Mitch McConnell brings it up for a vote.

Cat Parks
314 supporters