15 Ways the Tax Bill Harms Children and Families
First Focus Campaign for Children Bill Commentary by Bruce Lesley, Rachel Merker NOVEMBER 7, 2017
The House Ways and Means Committee has released its long awaited bill to dramatically overhaul the existing tax code. The bill’s writers claim that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) will provide meaningful tax relief to millions of families. However, initial analysis of the bill suggests that for families with children—especially those who are low-income—this is not the case. In fact, First Focus Campaign for Children has identified fifteen provisions that harm kids and families.
Fifteen pieces of the Tax Bill that Hurt Children:
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Public Interest Law Center Website November 9, 2017
Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took control of the lawsuit alleging Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts were gerrymandered for partisan purposes by granting the Application for Extraordinary Relief filed by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and individual voters. The state’s highest court lifted the stay, ordered the Commonwealth Court to conduct all necessary pre-trial and trial proceedings, and issue its findings of fact and conclusions of law no later than December 31, 2017. Attorneys for the petitioners hailed the ruling reversing the Commonwealth Court’s decision, which would have delayed trial until late next year. This decision enables the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review the matter and make a determination in time for the 2018 election. “Pennsylvania voters deserve to have their day in court,” said Mimi McKenzie, Legal Director of the Public Interest Law Center. “We will leverage this expedited process to ensure the map is struck down and a new map that complies with the constitution is created in time for the 2018 election.”
The state’s electoral map has been described as one of the most egregious cases of gerrymandering in the U.S.
Huffington Post By Sam Levine11/09/2017 06:15 pm ET
As his speech began, Akbar Hossain paused to take a selfie from behind the rostrum at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. With a crowd that big behind him, he explained, who could resist a picture? In the audience behind him sat nearly 500 students from 65 area high schools, all gathered in Philadelphia Thursday for the 11th annual Youth Conference hosted by the Anti-Defamation League. The conference aims to combat hate through a day of workshops and tough conversations. And if the crowd looked big to Hossain, the keynote speaker, it also looked big to organizers. Participation was up 30 percent from the year prior. “A lot of schools are experiencing hate incidents, bias incidents that they didn’t have before or weren’t as aware of before,” said Lisa Friedland, one of the event organizers. “So I think the attraction to having a workshop where kids can come together to challenge these things is a lot more prominent this year.”
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