The democracy owners' manual: a practical guide to changing by Jim Shultz

By Jim Shultz

I want I had Jim Shultz's The Democracy vendors' guide whilst i began organizing and lobbying approximately forty years in the past. Shultz provides a particular voice to why electorate who take the initiative and set up will thwart and most sensible the strong. He engages the reader with language that's basic, clever, perceptive, and profound.-David Cohen, codirector, Advocacy Institute "A concise, thorough, and intensely sensible publication . . . Shultz equips his reader with the instruments they should comprehend the demanding situations of governance and monetary development and the way to steer them effectively."--Harvard Political evaluation The Democracy proprietors' handbook is a different, hands-on consultant for those that are looking to swap public coverage on the neighborhood, nation, or nationwide point. a mix of coverage and advocacy fundamentals, the e-book bargains a transparent presentation of the problems and debates activists tend to come across in addition to a lucid, example-rich consultant to potent suggestions and activities. beginners and veteran activists alike will locate this booklet a useful treasure chest of rules and stimulating tales to assist them take on the problems they care approximately. The Democracy proprietors' guide additionally lends itself for college classes in political technology, public management, social paintings, public healthiness, environmental experiences, and different disciplines that contact on public coverage and political switch. Jim Shultz is the administrative director of The Democracy heart. previously an assistant to the California Legislature and a California lobbyist with universal reason and shoppers Union, Shultz has expert millions of civic advocates within the usa, Latin the US, and Africa.

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These warnings are less credible when a business’s key resources are immobile (such as an oil refinery) or if it must stay close to a labor force or customer base tied to its location. The same guidelines apply when evaluating warnings that high-income individual taxpayers will move because of dissatisfaction with local or state taxes. What Is Fair? 6 This principle of paying taxes based on what you can afford is called “progressive taxation,” and the idea behind it is to make things at least slightly more equal between those who have little and those who have much.

People with higher incomes spend just a portion of what they earn on these basics. 15 Yet the sales tax remains one of the taxes most widely used by state and local governments across the nation. When politicians decide to raise taxes, the sales tax is usually the one they pick, in part because of its relative “invisibility” compared to other taxes. You can see your income taxes draining out of your paycheck, but sales taxes just quietly leak out of your wallet every time you make a purchase. This makes the sales tax less painful to taxpayers than other taxes, and makes raising it more attractive to politicians.

16 One way to make the sales tax fairer is to exempt more basic goods, such as food, clothing, and medicine, from the tax, lessening its weight on people with low incomes. Sales tax rates could also be lowered, shifting our reliance more to progressive taxes such as the income tax. Finally, to help the sales tax keep pace with the new economy, we could follow the lead of several states and expand the tax to include services such as legal fees and financial services. Property Tax The property tax is the number-one revenue source for cities, counties, and school districts around the country.

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