Scott Klinger

Scott Klinger

Scott Klinger is Senior Equitable Development Specialist at Jobs with Justice and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. 

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While some small businesses have managed to get government loans to keep paying their workers, they’ve received no similar protection from landlords demanding their monthly rent. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
If Small Businesses Aren't Essential, Neither Is Collecting Rent
When I was a child, I remember having to dress up in my church clothes when I went to the bank to deposit my birthday checks or money I saved from my allowances. The idea that banks are secular versions of church remains deeply embedded in our society today. In moments of crisis, financial...
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USPS provides service at uniform and reasonable rates, delivering to 157 million addresses at least six days a week, no matter where they live. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 01, 2020
Postal Bankruptcy Would Hit Rural America Hardest
As postal workers strain to meet demand for deliveries of medicine, food, and other essentials, the U.S. Postal Service is facing potential financial collapse due to plummeting mail revenue. Without a major cash infusion, the USPS is on track to run out of money before the end of September,...
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Larry Kudlow, the director of Trump's National Economic Council. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Views
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Why Are Working People Forced to Sacrifice for the Common Good But Not the Titans of Capitalism?
When I was a child, I heard my parents say that when we save our money it works for us. I remember having to dress up in my church clothes when I went to the bank to deposit my birthday checks or money I saved from my allowances. These ideas that banks and Wall Street are secular versions of church...
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Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see the Postal Service for what it really is: a well-loved public institution that has risen to every challenge and innovated its way to new services even in the face of an unprecedented congressional mandate. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it
In 2006, Congress passed a law that imposed extraordinary costs on the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) required the USPS to create a $72 billion fund to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Why Do Our Schools Seem Broke?
Early this year, teachers in “red” states such as West Virginia and Oklahoma walked off the job to protest declining pay and insufficient classroom resources. Shoppers at office supply stores often run into teachers with carts full of classroom supplies that their school districts say they can’t...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?
As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success. But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no. In at least 18 states, local government funding levels...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Five Taxpayer-Supported Corporations that Paid Their CEOs More than Uncle Sam
As Americans put the finishing touches on their taxes, it’s a good time to look at the taxes highly profitable U.S. corporations don’t pay. Even though corporations are still in the process of reporting their 2015 CEO compensation, filings to date reveal that more than 60 Fortune 500 corporations...
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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Ultra Rich
Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes data on the collective income of the 400 taxpayers who report the most income on their tax returns. At the end of December, the IRS released cumulative data for the top 400 for the tax year 2013 . The delay in reporting is because tax returns...
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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
The Tax-Dodging Marriage of Viagra and Botox
Throughout the fall, Pfizer, the maker of Viagra, has been courting Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. Pfizer was not attracted by Allergan’s wrinkle-free face or full lips, but by its Irish “citizenship.” In its proposal to Allergan, the Viagra-maker whispered, “If we get together, we can really...
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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Don’t Pave Our Potholes with Corporate Tax Cuts
Life was different in the 1990s. Back in ‘93, a lucky few used dial-up Internet to access one of 800 websites available worldwide. Smart phones were a distant dream. The TV dinosaur Barney had just started “edutaining” America’s children. And gas cost about $1.30 a gallon — including 18.4 cents in...
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