Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co-edits Inequality.org, and is author of the new book, Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good.  He is cofounder of Wealth for the Common Good, recently merged with the Patriotic Millionaires. He is co-author of 99 to 1: The Moral Measure of the Economy and, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.

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"There was a time in the not-too-distant past when Californians could attend top tier research universities as well as state and community colleges without incurring student debt." (Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, May 11, 2018
Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College For All in CA
Decades of regressive tax cuts and subsequent budget cuts have undermined the rosy reality of higher education in California. Resulting tuition increases have shifted the cost of college on to students and their parents. Restoring Opportunity: Taxing Wealth to Fund College for All in California...
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"As part of the Republican tax cut pushed through at the federal level, the wealth threshold of the federal estate tax was doubled for a family from $11 million to $22 million.' (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Views
Friday, February 16, 2018
Taxing Wealth to Make Public College Free Again
Angad Singh Bhalla holds his son, Nanak, in his arms while juggling phone calls at all hours of the day. He is the coordinator of newly formed California College for All campaign. A filmmaker and labor activist, Bhalla has jumped into this campaign with gusto. For Bhalla, this is more than a...
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The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All
California can be an annoyingly trendy state. Think avocado toast, In-N-Out Burger, Hollywood fashion, even legal pot. But Californians are now in the vanguard to fix the serious problem of how to pay for public higher education. Over 44 million households in the U.S. are saddled with college debt...
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"The reality is that the small number of estate tax beneficiaries aren’t farmers at all. They’re mostly wealthy city dwellers." (Photo: Inequality.org) Views
Friday, December 29, 2017
Help For Struggling Millionaires Is On the Way
It isn’t easy being a millionaire these days, especially if you’ve got less than $20 million. Fortunately, Congress is watching out for you. Yes, the Republican tax cut bonanza targets lower end millionaires for special relief. Now those struggling to scrape by with $15 million or $20 million can...
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Monday, December 11, 2017
She's the Poster Child for the GOP's Estate Tax Repeal, But Her Sad Family Saga Doesn't Add Up
Republican Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota is one of the negotiators trying to reconcile the House and Senate tax bills. No doubt House Speaker Paul Ryan views her as a strong voice for estate tax repeal, because of her personal story of how her farming family struggled to pay the tax . The House...
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
An Independent Thinker’s Guide to the Tax Debate
For 40 years, tax cutters in Congress have told us, “we have a tax cut for you.” And each time, they count on us to suspend all judgment. In exchange, we’ve gotten staggering inequality, collapsing public infrastructure, a fraying safety net, and exploding deficits. Meanwhile, a small segment of...
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Friday, September 29, 2017
Indiana Farmer Complaining about Estate Taxes with Trump Cashed $3.3 Million in Farmer Subsidy Checks
Kip Tom, the Leesburg Indiana farmer who will stand today with President Trump complaining about the federal estate tax, cashed over $3.3 million in farm subsidy checks, including $2.6 million between 2004 and 2014, the most recent data available. Kip Tom and Tom Farms is one of the biggest corn...
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The causes of this racial wealth divide have little to do with individual behavior. Instead, they’re the result of a range of systemic factors and policies. Views
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Racial Inequality Is Hollowing Out America’s Middle Class
America’s middle class is under assault. Since 1983, national median wealth has declined by 20 percent, falling from $73,000 to $64,000 in 2013. And U.S. homeownership has been in a steady decline since 2005. While we often hear about the struggles of the white working class, a driving force behind...
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“We’re facing a powerful array of forces that includes big corporations, the Koch Brothers, and anti-tax think tanks,” says Frank Clemente, co-founder and director of Americans for Tax Fairness. (Photo:  Yuri Keegstra/flickr/cc) Views
Sunday, September 03, 2017
The Coming Tax Fight — and Why We Need You!
Are you ready to resist? With Donald Trump’s August 30 tax cut speech in Springfield, Missouri, the great tax fight of 2017 has now begun. The Trump tax cut plan, the President blustered in Missouri, will raise wages and benefit America’s working people. “This speech was an extraordinary effort to...
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Saturday, August 12, 2017
What Would It Really Take to Reverse Inequality?
While there is now widespread understanding that extreme income and wealth inequality is growing and has negative impacts on society, most proposed solutions fail to address deeper systemic drivers. If we misdiagnose an illness, we are likely to prescribe an insufficient or even dangerous remedy...
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