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Comprehensive Progressive Agenda & Wishlist Report

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6. Expand https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earned_income_tax_credit">Earned income tax credit for the working poor WITH qualifying children. The amount of EITC benefit depends on a recipient's income and number of children. The Congress intended to lessen the burden of paying Social Security taxes and provide incentives to both work and to raise children in married family arrangements.

The earned income tax credit (EITC) sponsors low-pay working families. The credit rises to a settled rate of credit from the first dollar of income until the credit achieves its greatest; both the rate and the most extreme credit rely on upon the number of kids in the household. The credit then stays flat at that greatest as earning keep on rising, yet in the long run income achieve an phaseout range. Starting from that level the credit falls for each extra dollar of salary until it vanishes altogether.

Climate Change Challenges

7. Implement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-carbon_economy">low-carbon energy base that promotes conservation, conversion into renewal energy sources and fusion technology, providing a fair transition from fossil fuels and a "global treaty" to block the export of fossil fuels.

(a) Implement the http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sanders-boxer-propose-climate-change-bills">climate protection bill by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Bernie Sanders that includes a carbon tax on the nearly 3000 of the largest fossil fuel polluters, covering about 85 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

In his bill, Sanders cautioned that the main researchers who study environmental changes now let us know that their projections in the past weren't right. That, actually, the emergency confronting our planet is significantly more genuine than they had already believed.They now let us know that on the off chance that we proceed with our cheerful way, where 12 out of the most recent 15 years were the hottest on record, and make no definitive move in changing our vitality framework and cutting green-house gasses, this planet could be 8 degrees Fahrenheit or more hotter than is right now the case.

(b) Implement the modest Obama's https://theconversation.com/obama-builds-legacy-on-climate-change-with-epa-clean-power-plan-45641">Clean Power Plan that pushed for 32 percent diminishes in carbon dioxide surges from power plants by 2030 with the base year of 2005, and requiring a 28 percent of a power plant's yield to be generated from renewable sources.

In comparison, California's ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) right now http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/california-calls-for-50-renewables-in-electricity-by-2030_100021062/#axzz3ljuM01HL">requires utilities to supply 33 percent of their power generation from renewable sources, for example, sun, wind, and geothermal force, by 2020. The new bill, The http://www.legislature.ca.gov/cgi-receptacle/port-postquery">Clean Energy and Reduction Act, that goes more further than that would expand that objective to 50 percent by 2030. It would likewise require a 50 percent expansion in energy efficiency in structures by that year. The state means to lessen the state's green house gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 -- a major stride to the larger 2050 objective of decreasing carbon dioxide by 80 percent under 1990 levels.

Republicans, famously, are to a great extent deniers of environmental changes, hating green energies of any kind. Yet a June 2014 http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/06/03/poll_70_percent_back_cuts_to_power_plant_emissions_122849.html">ABC/Washington Post survey reports that 70 percent of Americans believe that the central government ought to require states to limit the measure of carbon dioxide gasses created inside of their borders.

(c) End tax breaks and subsidies for big oil, gas and coal companies. Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the https://www.sanders.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/EPW_Act_fact_sheet.pdf"> End Polluter Welfare Act to stop taxpayer-funded $135 billion giveaways to oil, gas and coal companies.

Tuition-free community college

8. Institute tuition-free http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2015/02/02/obama_free_community_college_program_wealthy_kids_need_not_apply.html"> community college. Public education should be considered a basic human right and not be just a function of the students's capacity to afford, but also should be considered as the country's investment in its own future.

To make college cost-effective and to reduce the wasteful drop out rate, or the "leaky pipeline", there should be four conditions for attending tuition-free college. For students to qualify for free college, (1) they should pass a college test to ensure college preparedness and (2) students be required to work 10 hours a week of public service on campus or around, (3) require students to complete at least a trade certificate or an associate of arts diploma. For students who choose to drop out, however, (4) they should pay back the state for the costs of the courses already paid for. For those who are unable to afford repayment, they could qualify for a public service waiver. These terms would ensure that almost all students will graduate on time. According to https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=40">National Student Clearinghouse, the six-year graduation rate for students was only 60.5 percent at public four-year colleges, and 62.5 percent at private nonprofit colleges in 2014.

In May 19, 2015, Senator Bernie Sanders authoritatively presented https://www.govtrack.us/congress/charges/114/s1373">"College for All Act," bill that would wipe out undergrad educational cost. The bill would slice the $70 billion dollar tuition costs at all 4-year open schools and colleges. Under the http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/collegeforallsummary/?inline=file">arrangement, the Federal government would cover 67% -- $47 billion dollars every year -- of the costs. States would be required to deliver the remaining 33% of the costs, or 23 billion dollars.

Workfare

9. Implement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workfare">Workfare, which refers to the training for and gaining of work as a condition for social assistance, in others words, a safety net that undeniably binds public assistance to gaining formal employment. This recommends how a need-based entitlement to be supplanted with a work-molded security net. Thus, it is about time to implement an unpaid public service work requirement on able-bodied in order to receive welfare, disability assistance, public housing assistance and food stamps. This was a key reform left out of the 1996 welfare overhaul that was intended to move people from receiving long-term public assistance to self-sufficiency.

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