HEDGE PAPERS NO. 47 CLOSING A LUCRATIVE LOOPHOLE TO HELP OUR COMMUNITIES

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Across the country, states stand to gain billions of dollars in revenue by closing the carried interest loophole.  It’s a long overdue element of financial reform that the federal government has failed to enact, despite bipartisan support for tax fairness. In last year’s Presidential campaign, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Jeb Bush all called for closing a tax break known as the “carried interest loophole,” a legal fiction used by private equity firms and other members off the wealthy elite to lower their federal tax rates below those paid by many working Americans.[1] These financiers charge a fee for investing other peoples’ money – and call it “carried interest” to get a lower tax rate than kindergarten teachers and truck drivers.[2] Presidential candidates in both parties, experts, advocates and everyday Americans all agree that Wall Street millionaires and billionaires should not get preferential treatment on their taxes.[3] It’s unfair and wrong.... pdf button

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 46: NEW YORK’S BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR LUCRATIVE LOOPHOLE

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How Our State Can Raise Billions by Taxing Carried Interest  Across the country, states like New York stand to gain billions of dollars in revenue by closing the carried interest loophole.  It’s a long overdue element of financial reform that the federal government has failed to enact, despite bipartisan support for tax fairness.... pdf button

TRUMP’S BILLIONAIRE CABINET: How They Harm Working People and Take America’s Wealth for Themselves

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Context: As President, Trump Elevates the Wall Street Elite He Criticized as a Candidate Last year, throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump harnessed populist anger at the wealthy elite, and presented himself as an outsider who will stand up for working people. At an August 2015 appearance on CBS, Trump said that “hedge funds guys are getting away with murder,” earning “a hell of a lot of money and not paying taxes.”[1] He slammed the “global special interests rigging the system” against working class Americans.[2] Candidate Trump criticized excessive CEO compensation, saying “you see these guys [CEOs] making these enormous amounts of money and it’s a total and complete joke.”[3] Speaking about his tax plan, he claimed “no one will gain more from these policies than low and middle income Americans.”[4] He vowed to drain the “swamp” of political insiders and financial elite.... pdf button

HEDGE PAPERS NO. 43: CONNECTICUT BILLIONAIRES AND THEIR LUCRATIVE LOOPHOLE

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How We Can Raise Hundreds of Millions by Taxing Carried Interest Across the country, states stand to gain billions of dollars in revenue by closing the carried interest loophole.  It’s a long overdue element of financial reform that the federal government has failed to enact, despite bipartisan support for tax fairness.... pdf button

Hedge Papers No. 42: BILLIONAIRES LEON BLACK & STEPHEN SCHWARZMAN ATTACK MOMENTIVE AND UPSTATE NEW YORK

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With national attention focused on populist anger over Wall Street’s role in rigging the economy, more and more Americans are taking a growing interest in the business practices of billionaire investors and money managers. Wall Street multimillionaires and billionaires have captured unprecedented wealth, even as the rest of the economy sputters and working families see their incomes stagnate or decline.... pdf button

#Hedgepapers No. 41-BILLIONAIRES ATTACK NEW YORK STATE ELECTIONS

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BILLIONAIRES BUYING ALBANY LAWMAKERS TO WIN NEW TAX BREAKS AND PROTECT OLD ONES More and more New Yorkers are outraged over corruption and influence-pedaling in Albany, disgusted with a state government that seems to prioritize special deals for the wealthy and well-connected over the needs of regular people. Dozens of Albany lawmakers and top officials have been arrested and prosecuted for criminal violations in recent years, but state government corruption has continued – including the “legal” corruption that’s caused by massive campaign contributions from individuals and corporations seeking special benefits from state government, or seeking to keep special benefits they’ve already got.... pdf button