Justin Miller

 Justin Miller is a writing fellow for The American Prospect.

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Paul Ryan: Trickle Downer of the Week

Don’t be fooled by Ryan’s “simplification” rhetoric. The speaker’s tax plan is a massive giveaway for Corporate America and the 1 percent. 

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Photo: AP/Cliff Owen House Speaker Paul Ryan during a news conference on Capitol Hill earlier this month. A s Congress prepares to end its lame-duck session, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan races to grease the tracks for his trickle-down tax plan. His partner in this latest GOP shell game is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference Monday that after Republicans finish gutting Obamacare (their first target), they intend to use a second, filibuster-proof, budget reconciliation process to ram through comprehensive tax reform. The speaker would have you believe that his reform plan merely simplifies the tax code by shaving the number of tax brackets from the current seven—“their [the Democrats’] way”—down to just three—a #BetterWay—the average taxpayer will save big bucks. He recently tweeted: The U.S. tax code is too complicated. ← Retweet if you agree. #BetterWay pic.twitter.com/Do9qmHskzd — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 11,...

Ohio Republicans Advance Nationwide Wage-Suppression Campaign

State lawmakers move to prevent municipalities from boosting pay for low-wage workers—a growing obstacle in the Fight for $15. 

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Fight for 15 supporters gather before a protest in Cleveland over the summer. (Photo: Raise Up Cleveland/Facebook) I n its lame-duck rush to push through a controversial legislative package, the Republican-controlled Ohio Legislature made headlines by passing the “ heartbeat bill ,” an oppressive—and likely unconstitutional—anti-abortion measure that, if signed by Republican Governor John Kasich, would be the most restrictive law in the country. But there was another harsh measure in the mix that flew under the radar: a measure that would force Ohio localities to comply with state minimum-wage regulations that top out at $8.10 an hour. The legislation aims to block Cleveland, one of Ohio’s largest and poorest cities, from unilaterally boosting wages for its low-wage workers. According to U.S. census data , 35,000 Clevelanders work full-time for less than $15 an hour, and 50 percent of those workers are black. After the Cleveland City Council rejected a both a Fight for 15 campaign...

Trump Taps Anti-Worker Fast-Food CEO for Labor Secretary

Andy Puzder, the CEO of a major fast-food company and sworn foe of raising the minimum wage, embodies the right’s anti-worker, trickle-down agenda. 

(Photo: AP/Jack Plunkett) CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas to highlight Carl’s Jr.’s commitment to the state of Texas. A s part of his cockeyed plan to help working Americans, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to roll back most of President Obama’s regulations in his first 100 days in office. Many of those rollbacks will go through the Labor Department, which under Obama has been implementing a slew of pro-worker rules and executive orders. As Trump fills his cabinet with controversial and, in some cases, preposterous figures, worker advocates were anxiously awaiting whom Trump would tap for the labor secretary post. On Thursday, transition officials signaled that Trump plans to nominate for U.S. Labor Secretary Andy Puzder. For low-wage workers and labor advocates, this is the worst appointment imaginable. Puzder is the millionaire CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the fast-food burger chains...

Steve Mnuchin: Trickle Downer of the Week

Trump’s treasury secretary pick says they won’t cut taxes for the rich. But he’s hawking Trumped-up Reaganomics.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Treasury Secretary, gets on an elevator after speaking with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in New York. L ast week, Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, went on CNBC’s Squawk Box —the preferred news program of Wall Street financiers—and made headlines with a bold declaration that the Trump administration would not slash taxes for the rich. “Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so that there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class,” he said . “There will be a big tax cut for the middle class, but any tax cuts we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions that pay for it.” Which tax plan is he talking about? Experts on the left and right agree: Trump’s tax plan —which Mnuchin helped craft—is a massive giveaway to the wealthiest 1 percent, leaving middle-class and low-income...

Trump the Union-Busting Employer Will Now Dictate Nation’s Labor Policy

A litigious businessman with thousands of employees and a history of labor disputes is assuming the presidency. Will Trump’s worker policies create an ethical quagmire?

(Photo: AP/Evan Vucci) Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. P resident-elect Donald Trump’s career as a businessman with ventures and investments around the world will present an unprecedented number of presidential conflicts of interest when he moves into the Oval Office. As the employer of some 34,000 people, Trump is hardly a disinterested party when it comes to dictating national labor and employment policy. His appointments to the federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor, as well as his consideration of worker-related legislation and his ability to use executive action to resolve labor disputes are rife with potential conflicts, ethics experts say. One glaring conflict—his refusal to bargain with unionized workers at his Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas—could take center stage once Trump becomes president in January. Five days a week, Maria Mendoza cleans the bathrooms, kitchens, and living...

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