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Actions in April

ADA and the ADA Education Fund are busy this April, bringing experts and activists together to address fairness in our nation’s tax policy.  The ADA Education Fund (with honorary host the Congressional Progressive Caucus) will host a  "summit meeting" of America's leading voices on progressive tax reform on April 11th, which will focus on inequities in the tax code and how to make the system fairer.  

Tax Equity: Paying Fair
     When:  Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Noon to 1:30 PM
     Where:  Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 209-08

Panelists:

    John Nichols, Nation magazine (moderator)
    Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
    Elspeth Gilmore, Resource Generation
    Mike Lapham, Responsible Wealth campaign, United for a Fair Economy
    James E. Mann, JE Mann & Co.
    Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    Robert McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice
    Rebecca Thiess, Economic Policy Institute

Learn more and RSVP for the Tax Equity round-table event!

The following  week, Americans for Democratic Action is taking to the streets for our Tax Day Rally.  Join other patriotic Americans at noon in front of the offices of Grover Norquist, the anti-government zealot who has devoted his entire life to making sure the top 1% never pay their fair share!  Find out more about the rally here, or download a flyer to share with other activists. 

All Eyes on the Supreme Court

After three days of oral arguments, both sides are anxiously waiting to hear what’s next for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Final arguments left the Court to left the Court to consider whether the individual mandate is unconstitutional and, if so, whether the rest of the law should remain in effect.  ADA continues its support of the President’s health care reform, and we will continue to keep a close eye on the Supreme Court case.

Noteworthy:

  • Last week to no one’s surprise, the House Republicans passed the Ryan/GOP budget in the Republican-controlled House, turning Medicare into a voucher of diminishing value, thus abolishing Medicare as we know it, and rewarding millionaires and billionaires with more tax cuts (on average $150,000) paid for by the middle class. This budget greatly increases spending for the Pentagon over last year's bi-partisan deal, while further slashing domestic spending. It also greatly increases the deficit but hides that fact by deceptively assuming the Bush tax cuts will expire on schedule, which is unlikely. No Democrat voted for this pernicious bill. 
  • WFW Iowa kicked off its first first community garden clean up of the season with more community garden events planned, including an Earth day event coordinated with Americorp.
  • On April 18th, WFW Iowa will host a community-wide teach-in to educate the community on the realities University of Northern Iowa budget cuts and the true priorities of the university administration.

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