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No business tax breaks

New data from the U.S. Census shows that in 2018, 38 million Americans were below the poverty line. Sadly, the federal tax code is part of the problem. Currently, the code taxes more than 5 million low-wage workers not raising children at home into — or deeper into — poverty. And, millions of children in low-income families are left out of the full Child Tax Credit (CTC). Congress could have fixed these problems in the 2017 tax law but chose not to. 

Congress is considering another tax bill this fall with lots of benefits for businesses. Workers and families must not be ignored again. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and CTC are pro-work, pro-family tax credits for people working in low-wage jobs. Together, they lifted 7.9 million Americans above the poverty line in 2018. Expanding the EITC and CTC would ensure our tax code supports low-income Americans struggling to make ends meet. 

I urge our members of Congress to uphold the principle that no business tax breaks should be extended or expanded without also expanding the EITC and CTC in the same bill.

Tracy Cole

Glendale

Vote No in Glendale

Last week we received our “Publicity Pamphlet and Text of Ballot” for the Nov. 5 Glendale Special Election.

Propositions 424 and 425 are designed to change a carefully crafted section of Glendale’s Charter.  Both Propositions 424 and 425 are designed to give the seven (7) member council unlimited access to their citizens’ tax dollars. The existing charter requires there be a ballot item allowing the people (voters) to determine if a pay raise is warranted or not.  

The last time the issue came to the voters a change was approved.  With salary and benefits included, the six district councilmember’s remuneration was north of $44,000 and the seventh citywide council member’s total remuneration was north of $65,000. (Editor’s note: Mayor Jerry Weiers’ current salary is $48,000; the council members’ salaries are $34,000.) 

Both propositions are designed in such a way we will never ever find in any good management course or text statements that require an employee to set changes in the salary for their employer.  The Glendale city manager is just one of four city employees that report to the city’s council. What a conflict of interest for an employee whose salary is dependent on the goodwill of their seven employers.

Both propositions are designed to remove one of the checks and balances of any good political entity.  That is the right of the electorate to determine the dollar value of the politician’s job performance. All you have to do is look at the United States Congress to understand the impact of allowing the politicians to set their own salary and benefits.

Our strong recommendation is to send a message to this gluttonous city council by voting No on Nov. 5 to both Propositions 424 and 425.  Keep the citizens who are paying the city’s bills with our tax dollars know that we, the voters, are watching them! By the way, the council members work for us and should always be held accountable.

Patricia and Roger Moore

Glendale