Occupation Tax – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 04:02:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://threebearsbandb.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1.png Occupation Tax – Three Bears Band B http://threebearsbandb.com/ 32 32 The sad fate of the pre-war Japanese prostitutes in Penang, the karayuki-san https://threebearsbandb.com/the-sad-fate-of-the-pre-war-japanese-prostitutes-in-penang-the-karayuki-san/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 03:40:33 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/the-sad-fate-of-the-pre-war-japanese-prostitutes-in-penang-the-karayuki-san/ Nowadays, Cintra Street in Penang is a popular tourist attraction with its charming guesthouses and old-fashioned architecture. Known for its booming textile and gold trade in the 1960s and 1980s, this is arguably one of those places that defines Penang as a quintessentially Malaysian historic place. However, under the spell and the well-kept stores hides […]]]>

Nowadays, Cintra Street in Penang is a popular tourist attraction with its charming guesthouses and old-fashioned architecture. Known for its booming textile and gold trade in the 1960s and 1980s, this is arguably one of those places that defines Penang as a quintessentially Malaysian historic place.

However, under the spell and the well-kept stores hides a dark past, because Cintra Street was once known as Penang red light district. And within these walls lies the tragic story of the karayuki-san, or Japanese prostitutes, who carried on their trade in and around the region in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cintra Street, Penang. Image from: Penang Wikia

But who were these women, and how did they end up so far from home in such harsh conditions? Well, to understand that, we have to go back a long way, to the Edo period (1603 – 1867) in feudal Japan …

It all started on Kyushu Island with the two T’s: Taxes and Torture

When Matsukura Katsuie, the pro-Tokugawa daimyo (feudal lord) of Shimabara began torture Christians and tax his people pretty much to famine raise funds for his fantasy castle, the people of Kyushu revolted; arousing the Shimabara rebellion of 1637-38. Although Katsuie ultimately quelled the rebellion, he himself was later executed by the Tokugawa shogunate because, well, he really was kind of a jerk.

Katsuie’s brutality consisted of burning or boiling peasants alive. Image from: Nehemiah Japan

The severe depopulation on the peninsula caused by the fighting meant that the replacement of Katsuie, Kōriki Tadafusa had to flood the region with immigrants to stimulate the economy, the Tokugawa having chosen to blame the Christians rather than over-taxation for the whole fiasco.

Fast forward to the Meiji period (1868-1912), and things did not improve – fishermen and peasants in the region were still taxed 50% of their annual harvests, as well as pay extra tax on girls (leading to an increase in female infanticide). In addition, immigration had very limited work opportunities.

With the threat of famine on the horizon, many had no choice but to sell their daughters abroad as prostitutes, or ‘karayuki-san’, sense ‘Miss Gone-To-China / Miss Gone Abroad’.

Karayuki-san was a major source of capital for Japanese companies in Penang

Karayuki-san’s fate back then was not that different from sex workers today.: they were often fooled by job offers for waitresses or loans of money, before being forced into the sex trade, some to places as far away as Zanzibar or Siberia. Some were even lured under the pretext of patriotism, convinced that they were the equivalent of female soldiers serving for the good of Japan. Despite their difficult situation, karayuki-san would do send money home to help their poor families.

A group of Karayuki-san, circa 19th century. Image from: Mothership.sg

In 1910 there was about 207 Japanese citizens in Penang in 1910; half of whom were in the sex trade, generally operating in geisha houses in the regions of Cintra Street, Kampung Malabar and Campbell Street. However, most of the income from the karayuki-san sex trade would go to finance legitimate Japanese companies in Penang like medicine, dentistry, hotels and photography.

This was the impact of the Japanese economic boom in Penang when Cintra Street became known as Little Japan, or Jipun Sin Lor (“New Japanese Road”). In fact, even today some Chinese-Penangites still refer to Cintra Street as ‘Jipun Kay’, with the Hokkien word ‘kay’ actually being a pun, as it can mean either ‘road’ or ‘chicken (prostitute)’, according to the intonation.

Humorous mural telling the story of Cintra Street. A karayuki-san is pictured to the right of Spy vs. Spy (yes, we got that reference right away; we are this old).

Although in competition with Chinese prostitutes in the region (‘Sin Kay’), Karayuki-san was preferred by foreigners and non-Chinese alike like they did not turn away the foreigners like Chinese prostitutes, suffered strict hygiene controls, and were qualified in hospitality and the performing arts:

“The pleasure houses were identified by red lanterns hanging on the door. These dens are remembered by the elderly as places to relax and enjoy a range of services… Well-dressed and well-behaved courtesans served opium, tea and alcohol, and provided musical entertainment and the company. – Khoo Salma Nasution, Penang Heritage Trust

A karayuki-san sporting a classic pompadour hairstyle. Image courtesy of: New Straits Times

But on the darker side of things it was not uncommon to find prostitutes from 10 or 11 years old sometimes sold by their mothers or grandmothers for as little as £ 10 and ‘rented’ to customers for around $ 150 to $ 500 according to the age, virginity, beauty and origin of women. These women were treated as little more than commodities and would be transported from city to city to earn a living.

In the 1920s, the Japanese viewed karayuki-san as a source of shame

With the rise of Japanese nationalism, especially after their victory in the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, karayuki-san began to be seen as a disgrace by the Japanese. Together with the British administration, the Japanese government decided to abolish karayuki-san worldwide, repatriating many of them to Japan, unfortunately. expose them to severe discrimination back home.

Some have finished marry locals, or even gone underground to continue the sex trade. During WWII, karayuki-san had all but disappeared from Penang, the few others becoming mistresses of ex-clients or waitresses in a cafe / restaurant in George Town, arguably enjoying a better fate than those who chose to return to Japan.

But many karayuki-san eventually died on the job, often from sickness. There is a Japanese cemetery on Jalan P. Ramlee which serves as the final resting place for many of the Meiji-era karayuki-san, who make up the the majority of the dead are interned there. However, not all karayuki-san were lucky enough to have a tombstone in their name; in the book Sandakan Brothel # 8, some of those who died in Sandakan, Sabah are said to be buried in unmarked hillside graves, being completely erased from history and memory once their crude headstones rot.

The Japanese cemetery on Jalan P. Ramlee, Penang. Image from: Malaysia Traveler

Perhaps it is a small consolation for the deceased karayuki-san that the Japanese people still honor their sacrifices today. In Kyushu, there is a monument dedicated to their memory, with hundreds of stone fence posts bearing their names, contributions and places of occupation, including Penang, Singapore, Ipoh, Rangoon and Siberia.

The tennyo-to (‘tower of the goddess’) dedicated to the dead karayuki-san, Risho-in Taishi-do temple, Shimabara, Japan. Image from: AboutOkin





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Bill to Abolish Voting Tax in North Borneo Announced | Daily Express Online https://threebearsbandb.com/bill-to-abolish-voting-tax-in-north-borneo-announced-daily-express-online/ Sat, 27 Nov 2021 04:22:31 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/bill-to-abolish-voting-tax-in-north-borneo-announced-daily-express-online/ (Monday August 27, 1962) End of taxation at 74 JESSELTON, Sunday. – The local government secretary announced today that he will present a bill at the next Legislative Council meeting to abolish the voting tax in North Borneo. The voting tax in North Borneo has a long and interesting history. ADVERTISING It was first established […]]]>
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JESSELTON, Sunday. – The local government secretary announced today that he will present a bill at the next Legislative Council meeting to abolish the voting tax in North Borneo.

The voting tax in North Borneo has a long and interesting history.

It was first established in 1888 when district officers were authorized to grant certificates of tenure to any indigenous individual for the village community which were to guarantee the title of the holders as long as they continued to pay the land tax. capitation regularly and correctly to cultivate or remain in business. farms.

Proclamation

This Proclamation was replaced in 1902 by a “Proclamation aimed at the progressive abolition of poll tax and the establishment of a system of land tenure by the natives”. This law formed the basis of the current system of land tenure on indigenous title. However, since Land Proclamation No. 7 of 1913, no title or occupation of land has depended on the payment of a voting tax.

The ballot tax proclamation contained a provision exempting from payment all natives paying an annual tax in excess of $ 3 per year in the form of rent, boat licenses or certain other taxes. With the constant increase in the standard of living of the natives of North Borneo and the increase in the amount of land held by them under title, the income of the poll tax has continued to decline and they are only rising. at some $ 63,000. Of this amount, moreover, three quarters do not go to the central government, but to local authorities.

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Recommendation

In 1961, the Native Needs Committee recommended the abolition of capitation and its views were supported by the Native Chiefs’ Conference and the Revenue Committee. Two major difficulties arise with regard to the abolition of this tax. First, it constitutes an important element of revenue over a period by subsidizing these local authorities from central government funds. Second, poll tax has been collected in the past by chiefs who received a commission for its collection. The government proposes to replace this form of remuneration with a corresponding increase in the bonuses granted to heads of establishments.

The abolition of the Poll Tax will not adversely affect existing Indigenous rights or privileges.

It is proposed by the government that if this bill is adopted, the poll tax be abolished with effect from January 1, 1963.


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Nearly 1,000 empty homes in Ashfield, despite housing crisis https://threebearsbandb.com/nearly-1000-empty-homes-in-ashfield-despite-housing-crisis/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 16:03:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/nearly-1000-empty-homes-in-ashfield-despite-housing-crisis/ Campaigners say abandoned housing should be reused to tackle England’s housing crisis, after councils across the country registered hundreds of thousands of empty houses. Of these, 709 had been collecting dust for six months or more, and at least 201 had been abandoned for more than two years. Register now to our daily newsletter Newsletter […]]]>

Campaigners say abandoned housing should be reused to tackle England’s housing crisis, after councils across the country registered hundreds of thousands of empty houses.

Of these, 709 had been collecting dust for six months or more, and at least 201 had been abandoned for more than two years.

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The Association of Local Authorities called on the government to give local authorities more powers to acquire empty housing.

The figures, which cover properties subject to housing tax, also show 71 homes in the area were classified as second homes last month.

Various figures from the DLUHC show that in 2020-2021, 193 households in Mansfield were eligible for council support after becoming homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Councilor Marion Bradshaw, Mansfield Council Housing Portfolio Holder, said: “Council believes that every empty property is a wasted resource and we recognize that these properties can wreak havoc on an area.

“In 2019, following new government legislation, we introduced a 200% municipal tax rate on empty properties for two to five years.

Coun Marion Bradshaw, portfolio holder of the Mansfield Council for Safer Communities, Housing and Well-being.

“This rises to 300% for properties that have been empty for more than five years and to 400% for those that have been empty for more than 10 years.

“While there initially appeared to be a decline in vacant properties for more than two years in 2019 compared to 2018, after the introduction of these higher rates, the number has increased last year and this year.”

Figures show that the number of empty homes facing a tax premium rose from 157 in 2018 to 136 in 2019, before rising to 142 in 2020 and 201 this year.

Councilor Bradshaw said: “We cannot know why, but we cannot rule out the effects of Covid pandemic and closures, delaying probate agreements for the properties of deceased residents, for example.

“Shortages in the construction industry this year could also mean that it will take longer to renovate empty properties before they are put up for sale.

“As a council, we are using the powers at our disposal to try to help re-establish occupancy of problematic vacant properties and over the past two years we have helped bring 18 problematic or long-term vacant properties back to service. .

“As a first step, we provide owners with information, advice and support. It is a sensitive subject. Often times, these premises have emotional value to their owners who may have inherited their childhood home from their parents, for example, and it may be difficult for them to simply sell it after their parents have died.

“If we can’t engage with the owners, the council can take other action.

“This can include issuing a confirmation notice to improve the appearance of a property, up to the completion of its sale or, as a last resort, its forced purchase by the board.

“Fortunately, this last action is extremely rare.”

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A government spokesperson said more than 243,000 new homes were delivered last year, with £ 12bn invested in affordable housing over five years.

He said the number of empty houses had decreased by 30,000 since 2010, adding: “We have taken important steps to prevent empty houses. “

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Cabinet approves LG bill by consensus – Journal https://threebearsbandb.com/cabinet-approves-lg-bill-by-consensus-journal/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 01:58:52 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/cabinet-approves-lg-bill-by-consensus-journal/ LAHORE: The 49th Provincial Cabinet Meeting, which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, approved several laws as well as the adoption by consensus of the Punjab Local Government Bill (PLGA) 2021. According to the government, the new LG system will allow the people to delegate power to the grassroots. The meeting […]]]>

LAHORE: The 49th Provincial Cabinet Meeting, which met here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, approved several laws as well as the adoption by consensus of the Punjab Local Government Bill (PLGA) 2021.

According to the government, the new LG system will allow the people to delegate power to the grassroots.

The meeting overturned the decision to increase the commercial property tax to relieve traders. Those who have filed commercial property tax amounts would be adjusted in the next tax fee.

Reverses decision to increase commercial property tax

Approval in principle has been granted to the Public Immovable Property (Elimination of Encroachment) Ordinance 2021, which would allow the imposition of damages on land grabbers as well as the elimination of encroachments on land in the ‘State. The occupants involved in the occupation of the domain will have to pay damages on a daily basis.

The meeting decided to refer the issue of amending the Land Revenue Law to decide on new administrative units to the Cabinet Standing Committee for Legislation.

The cabinet also approved the immediate recruitment of the vacant posts in the school education department and called on the department to take further action in this regard. Formal approval for the creation of six cement factories was also granted.

The assembly also approved the modification of the Provençal Ordinance of 1965 on motor vehicles for the registration of electric vehicles. He ordered a ministerial committee to be set up to rule on the agreement between the excise service and the CNRT while giving its approval in principle to an agreement for the installation of a radio frequency identification device (vehicle passport). in vehicles. Approval was granted to disburse a payment of Rs 85 million to affected people in Sahiwal and Sialkot under Phase I of the Punjab Intermediate Town Improvement Investment Program in accordance with a safeguard policy social.

Approval was also granted to improve financial management and procurement of irrigation projects over Rs 5 billion.

The draft agreement and related matters were approved for the transfer of control of the lower part of the Chashma Canal on the right bank of Chashma to the Punjab in light of the decisions of the Common Interest Council (CCI). In this context, the repair and maintenance of the lower part of the Chashma canal on the right bank would come under the responsibility of the irrigation department.

A back-up plan has been approved to repair the losses suffered by the crops of Rabi in 2020 due to torrential rains and a hailstorm in Noorpur tehsil. It also approved the rules and regulations for the post of Director of Operations of the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC).

The cabinet subsequently authorized police checkpoints, circles and police stations set up over the past two years. A change in the schedule of inspectors and sub-inspectors was approved in the terms of appointment and terms of service 2013 as well as the approval of the change in the rules of service of special posts. The establishment of the Saakar Military Border Police Police Station in the Koh-e-Sulaiman area of ​​DG Khan has been authorized.

The meeting adopted rules for the appointment of the President and CEO of the Authority of Punjab Aab-e-Pak.

The 2021 Rules on Private Housing Programs of the Punjab Development Authorities were also approved under the Punjab Towns Development Act 1976. The rules of the LDA would apply to all development authorities in the Punjab.

The cabinet approved the transfer of Sargodha Medical College and Gujrat Medical College to the Department of Specialized Health Care and Medical Education. Likewise, the recruitment of 1,142 vacant educational posts in DG Khan was authorized.

Revised rules for the Punjab Ombudsman Nabila Khan were also adopted as well as the approval of decisions taken at the 48th Cabinet Meeting and the 63rd Meeting of the Cabinet Standing Committee on Finance and Development. Decisions taken at the 70th to 74th meetings of the Cabinet Standing Committee on Legislation were also approved.

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Shay Lynn Sampson, the life force and the “poison-filled pipe” https://threebearsbandb.com/shay-lynn-sampson-the-life-force-and-the-poison-filled-pipe/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:10:05 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/shay-lynn-sampson-the-life-force-and-the-poison-filled-pipe/ As part of a series highlighting youth work to tackle the climate crisis, writer Patricia Lane interviews Young Gitxsan Shay Lynn Sampson doing her part to ensure the Coastal GasLink pipeline is never built. Shay Lynn Sampson Shay Lynn Sampson is determined not to tell her children what salmon tasted like or what it was […]]]>

As part of a series highlighting youth work to tackle the climate crisis, writer Patricia Lane interviews Young Gitxsan Shay Lynn Sampson doing her part to ensure the Coastal GasLink pipeline is never built.

Shay Lynn Sampson

Shay Lynn Sampson is determined not to tell her children what salmon tasted like or what it was like living near their land. She is one of the indigenous peoples preventing Coastal GasLink (CGL) from operating a pipeline under Wedzin Kwa (Morice River), the source of pristine water for the Wet’suwet’en and their close allies downstream, the Gitxsan.

Sampson, 22, told me in November about behind a blockade inside a “Tiny House”, purposefully built along with many other structures to house people putting their bodies at risk to stop the project. Sampson is also the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Indigenous climate action.

Shay Lynn Sampson is determined not to tell her children what salmon tasted like or what it was like living near their land. Photo by Melissa Cox

Where are you and why

I’m near Houston in northern British Columbia on a small side road next to a forest access road. I am here at the invitation of the only authority I recognize on this land, Dinï ze ‘Woos, the hereditary chief of Cas Yikh, the home of the grizzly bears of the Gidimt’en clan. He and his people occupied this yintah for thousands of years and remain sovereign and undefeated. Even Canadian courts have recognized the role of hereditary chiefs in protecting this unceded land.

Not only did the people here never relinquish their title, but they actively and victoriously protected it. In 2010, 13 pipeline projects, including Enbridge, Pacific Trails Pipeline, Spectra and Pembina, proposed to cross Wet’suwet’en territory. The hereditary heads of houses of the five clans declared that no pipeline would ever pass. All withdrew except CGL.

In 2019, a wave of protests swept across the country in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en’s lack of consent for this pipeline. In September, when it became evident that CGL was advancing on its territory, Dinï ze ‘Woos called for protection and defense. Native and settler guests responded to the invitation. But days after the reoccupation, the RCMP made violent arrests and subjected unarmed guests to police brutality. In response, a delegation of Haudenosaunee showed up and took the RCMP out of the territory. The police did not return.

In late October, Chief Dtsachyl (Adam Gagnon) seized heavy equipment from a series of construction sites along the historic Kweese War Trail in northern British Columbia, enforcing old trespassing laws against the pipeline contractors who ignored his warnings for a year. He was stopped. On November 14, the eviction of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs was again enforced and CGL employees had eight hours to let. As a Gitxsan, I come from a long line of Wet’suwet’en allies. We are downstream of this project. I’m doing my part to make sure this pipeline never gets built.

“I am so proud of who I am, where I come from and what I stand for,” said 22-year-old Shay Lynn Sampson. #CoastalGasLink # Wet’suwet’en #Blockades

Shay Lynn Sampson with some of the heavy equipment seized from Coastal GasLink contractors. Photo by Melissa Cox

Tell us about a day of your life behind the dams.

It is snowing and it is very cold. Much of our time is spent preparing for winter and keeping our bodies warm. Our living and working spaces are heated with firewood. We have strong community support to make sure we have food and water. We live each day as it comes, knowing the RCMP could return. The love we have for each other, the joy we feel getting out and protecting the land, and the tremendous support we receive from all over Turtle Island and the world keep us strong and warm. .

What have you experienced with the RCMP?

Sometimes they taunt us and ridicule us or try to manipulate us into giving them information or giving in. Sometimes they come and destroy our freshwater containers. They arrested two hereditary chiefs and denied them access to their lands, which is a violation of our universal right as indigenous people. More recently, they have used what they call “respect for pain” – which we call torture – on another defender. He locked himself in a hard block to prevent the construction from moving forward. They lifted his legs and twisted his hands, causing excruciating pain while telling him that if he unlocked, the pain would stop. He screamed for over an hour. Since he still hasn’t broken up, a policewoman tried to demoralize him by telling him that he was alone. I was locked in a hard block and heard everything the whole time. I’ll never forget.

The RCMP was formed to get rid of the land to make way for the extractive industry. He supported the government to steal our children. Many of the same officers in this platoon were licensed to film Wet’suwet’en in 2019. They always have. We are only the last. Maybe they’ll be back or maybe not. We’re not going anywhere.

Why is operating a pipeline under a water source so problematic?

It’s not just a pipe – it’s a pipe filled with poison that is susceptible to breaking. “Liquefied natural gas” or “LNG” is an industrial term that covers up the dirty truth of hydraulic fracturing. Toxic carcinogens are used in hydraulic fracturing, and there have been thousands of accidents, injuries and deaths on gas transmission lines. The damage caused by pipeline spills is causing irreparable damage to the Earth and our people. Many types of salmon spawn in these headwaters. It is the life force of so many other creatures and beings and of our people.

The laying of the pipe is the last part of a destructive process of clearing and building roads and other forms of preparation. Coastal GasLink has violated or ignored hundreds of environmental assessment orders on this project. They have a terrible record and they don’t feel responsible.

More importantly, and while it was not so dangerous, Canadian law requires the free, prior and informed consent of licensees. There was no consent. They are not allowed to be here. They were asked to leave. They’re trespassing.

Tell us what brought you here.

I grew up in the nearby town of Hazelton, but grew up far from the land. There wasn’t much to do and I was happy to go to Victoria for my university studies. While there, I participated in the Wet’suwet’en occupation of the British Columbia Legislature in 2019 to protest this pipeline. My hereditary chief Gitxsan asked me to come home and tell my people about the event. I have been honored to be seated with leaders who hold rights and titles thousands of years old. When I saw how much support there was for the occupation and how important it was to my elders, I looked at my land in an entirely new way and was transformed. Now I can’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else. I have learned that when I am connected to the earth, I am strong.

Shay Lynn Sampson during the Wet’suwet’en occupation of the British Columbia Legislature in 2019 to protest the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Photo by Mike Graeme

Do you have any advice for other young people?

At Indigenous Climate Action, I remind young people that indigenous peoples around the world continue to be leaders in the fight for a just transition to a low-carbon world. If you are an Aboriginal person, know that you carry this heritage. For all the young people, it might help to know that I had no idea how to make sense of my place in the world. But I got involved and found my people and now it’s so clear. I am so proud of who I am, where I come from and what I represent. This is what awaits you when you sign up.

What would you like to say to older readers?

Let your MP and MP know that you are not supporting them to bolster this destructive project and that you are not okay with your tax dollars to subsidize projects like this. Tell your bank you want them to stop digging our collective graves by lending to fossil fuel companies. Let decision-makers know that you do not consent to RCMP brutality. Remind them that our hereditary rulers have jurisdiction over this land.


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Liberty is Sweet magazine: an American revolution for the greatest number | Books https://threebearsbandb.com/liberty-is-sweet-magazine-an-american-revolution-for-the-greatest-number-books/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 07:02:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/liberty-is-sweet-magazine-an-american-revolution-for-the-greatest-number-books/ With his new book, Woody Holton shows the United States in its founding much as it is today. Then, like today, it was stratified by class and divided by race, religion and gender. Bringing together a prodigious sum of scholarship, the University of North Carolina professor and Bancroft Prize winner challenges much of what we […]]]>

With his new book, Woody Holton shows the United States in its founding much as it is today. Then, like today, it was stratified by class and divided by race, religion and gender.

Bringing together a prodigious sum of scholarship, the University of North Carolina professor and Bancroft Prize winner challenges much of what we once imagined we knew.

A privileged few conceived and advanced the break with Great Britain. But because both sides promised freedom and land to blacks and Native Americans willing to fight on their behalf, the marginalized also saw the revolt as a golden opportunity.

Pursuing the implicit promises of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, even some women, not mentioned in both documents, joined the poor, slaves and Native Americans in alliance with disgruntled white settlers. With much to gain, they resolved to forge a new nation that would end the indignities and abuses long endured.

Unfortunately, this defeated the goals of the American elite. Despite all of the Enlightenment-inspired sentiments they expressed, much of their intention to gain independence was to appropriate even more indigenous lands while developing black servitude, all to enrich themselves further and further. more.

Holton shows how the American Revolution evolved from the Seven Years’ War in Europe, partly continued in North America like the French and Indian War. “No taxation without parliamentary representation! So protested the American rebels even more provoked by the imposition by Great Britain of a monopoly on trade. “How else”, retorted the mother country, “the expenses of the Crown, incurred to defend our colonial border against Indian attacks, must they be paid? “

It is remarkable that the American colonists seized the most powerful naval power in the world – and won. At the Battle of Long Island in August 1776, 25,000 red tunics clashed with 9,000 soldiers of the Continental Army. British leaders, however, recognized that fighting in an unfamiliar environment was dangerous.

Another British advantage raises another issue we face today. As Britain was much more densely populated than the 13 colonies, a much larger number of its fighters had already contracted smallpox, gaining lifelong immunity. As disease raged throughout the war, George Washington found himself in a dilemma.

“During the British occupation of Boston,” Holton informs us, “General Howe responded to a smallpox epidemic by vaccinating all soldiers who never had it.” The inoculation was the cause of Washington’s concern. An injection of the actual virus, as opposed to vaccination with cattle pox, inoculation allowed patients to recover for up to a month. The mass inoculation would have neutralized Washington’s forces. But the gradual inoculation, one unit at a time, risked infecting untreated men by those who had just been treated. Worse yet, sick soldiers could infect civilians.

Holton explains at length the double game the two teams played against Blacks and Native Americans. Bewitched into service by promises of treaties, land, bounties and freedom, both groups have been duped over and over again. White Americans, from Washington to pioneer farmers, knew it was wrong to enslave Africans and dispossess tribes of land and life. Why then did they do it? Neither Christianity nor philosophy could dissuade them from maintaining the privilege and power of wealth. Again, Holton’s book echoes our times, when billionaires shun graduated tax rates and the masses lose income and purchasing power.

Gordon Wood and Woody Holton met at the Massachusetts Historical Society in October. Photography: AP

Holton’s American foundation is flawed by venality but, paradoxically, made more robust by diversity and ultimately redeemed and made “more perfect” by the atonement for the original sin of slavery.

This is at odds with a rival scholar of the American Revolution, Gordon Wood. Her America appeared virgin, like Venus of the sea. Slavery, anti-Semitism, misogyny, Native American massacres? What are these abundant sources of freedom? When the two met recently, to discuss, sparks flew. Holton is doing better.

Illustration of e pluribus unum, his new book shows that the United States has always been a richly complex and multifaceted nation. Although he understands so many previously unknown voices, he hardly included everyone who was there. Of course, we read that Abigail Adams and wealthy white widows dream of the vote. We read from Marguerite Corbin, a woman who went with her husband to fight at Fort Washington in upper Manhattan, and who, after being fatally injured, equipped her cannon and was elected a Veteran’s Pension by Congress. Marie murray also makes its appearance. She is believed to have contributed before the Battle of Harlem Heights, providing British officers with cake and wine refreshments and thus delaying the advance of the red tunics.

But where is Miss Lawrence? Hannah laurent was a determined patriot and propagandist, unaware of the danger of imprisonment or worse. Quaker in Manhattan, she wrote and broadcast rhymed denunciations of the British occupiers. His modus operandi was to wander to the battery, where soldiers were walking, and to let his missives slip on the sidewalk before running away. Despite all her patriotic zeal, she found herself helpless when authorities sheltered Jacob Schieffelin, an officer of German descent, in her father’s house. They got married.

Where is also Haym Solomon, a Jewish financier of Polish origin? At a critical moment he supported the Americans. His efforts were subordinate to those of Robert Morris, born in England, as well as those of Alexander Hamilton and Albert Gallatin, recognized as one of the principal founders of the American financial system. But the work of Solomon, and that of other Jews, was also of enormous importance.

These are baffles. Thanks to the work of Woody Holton, now better than ever, we realize that it is not just a small group of rich white men who deserve to be recognized as American founders. Knowing the real breadth and breadth of all who participated in the birth of our country, we can also celebrate the founding mothers, brothers and sisters. Like us, they were multiracial and of all classes.


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The tax code that could affect the NFT and Crypto market discussed by Abraham Sutherland https://threebearsbandb.com/the-tax-code-that-could-affect-the-nft-and-crypto-market-discussed-by-abraham-sutherland/ Fri, 19 Nov 2021 07:29:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/the-tax-code-that-could-affect-the-nft-and-crypto-market-discussed-by-abraham-sutherland/ Digital currency transactions (including NFTs) involving more than $ 10,000 may need to be reported to the government NEW YORK, CA, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – An attorney and cryptocurrency economist, Abraham Sutherland, recently spoke at the NFT NYC conference to raise public awareness of a neglected provision (amendment to Section 6050I of […]]]>

Digital currency transactions (including NFTs) involving more than $ 10,000 may need to be reported to the government

NEW YORK, CA, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – An attorney and cryptocurrency economist, Abraham Sutherland, recently spoke at the NFT NYC conference to raise public awareness of a neglected provision (amendment to Section 6050I of the tax code) that could changing the whole system for all Americans who invest in cryptocurrency and NFT. The full 14-page research report on the proposed changes in the bill and how it will affect Americans can be viewed at https://www.proofofstakealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Research-Report-on-Tax-Code-6050I-and-Digital-Assets.pdf

At the time of this writing, the Infrastructure Bill has passed the Senate and is pending in the House and could make the receipt of digital assets (whether cryptocurrency, of NFT or any other digital asset) a crime if not properly reported. “This violates the Fourth Amendment,” Sutherland said. “It’s impossible to respect” and it could discourage people from using digital assets.

The proposed amendment to Section 6050I states, in a wide range of scenarios, that “anyone” who receives more than $ 10,000 in digital assets must verify the sender’s personal information, including the social security number. , and submit a report to the government within 15 days. Failure to comply results in mandatory fines. The proposal builds on a 1984 law drafted to discourage in-person cash transfers and encourage the use of financial institutions for large transactions.

The amendment to section 6045 and the amendment to section 6050I work differently but share similarities. Each imposes onerous and even impossible demands on a greatly enlarged group. Section 6045 does this through an irresponsible expansion of who counts as a “broker” in the context of digital assets.

Article 6050I, on the other hand, imposes monitoring and reporting obligations. In a wide range of scenarios, anyone who “receives” digital assets must report the sender’s Social Security number and other sensitive information to the government. Ultimately, giving a decisive advantage to existing, heavily regulated financial intermediaries who are used to reporting financial transactions to the government.

The monitoring and reporting obligation under proposed section 6050I applies to “any person”.

At first glance, the value threshold to trigger the law seems simple: $ 10,000. But given the potential breadth of the applicable legal term, “transaction,” the threshold is anything but clear when applied to digital assets.

Unlike cash, a receipt of digital assets does not require acceptance, as a recipient address on most public blockchain networks generally cannot reject a transfer of digital assets. This combination of law and technology means that potentially any receipt of a digital asset, regardless of its dollar value, can turn out to be a reportable transaction.

When digital assets are received triggering the $ 10,000 threshold, they will need to be reported within 15 days to avoid penalties and / or up to five years in prison.

This means that the recipient of the digital assets must verify and record the payer’s personally identifiable information, including full name, date of birth, address, social security number, and occupation.

More precisely it means:
Check the driver’s license or other ID of the human handing over the digital assets.
Record the tax identification number and other information of the person or entity.
File IRS Form 8300, including a description of the transaction and any digital assets received.
Send the report to the government (or file it online with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) within 15 days of the transaction. Before January 31, a summary of transactions must be sent to each person declared during the previous year.
Finally, copies of these forms must be kept for five years.

The minimum fine for intentional or intentional violations is $ 25,000.

Only recipients are required to file reports, but the law also creates new crimes for anyone who sends digital assets to others.

“At this point, we believe Congress should reject the Section 6050I proposal and allow for public and fair debate. We are in a difficult position because it has already been passed by the Senate. “

The quiet insertion of the Section 6050I amendment into a trillion dollar spending bill is more than just one more step on an already slippery slope. It aims to freeze the evolution of fintech around existing institutions that serve government oversight interests, without investigating the costs and consequences of the law. These costs and consequences include direct costs to human dignity, autonomy, freedom of association and of transaction.

Rejecting the proposal for Article 6050I will not end this debate, it will suffice to force it to open. The challenges posed by digital assets are real and inevitable.

For many, the most salient feature of distributed ledger technology is its disintermediation. Neither a bank nor an in-person meeting is necessary to convey something of value to another person. But the broader digital asset technology also contains tools that, combined with the law, can centralize authority and control over people and their transactions to an extent previously unimaginable.

This concern is not just hypothetical, as China’s ongoing experience with a centralized and authorized digital currency shows. The United States must chart its own course to deal with the promises and dangers of this new technology, and this process must be transparent and respectful of the rights and interests of Americans.

To share options and have a voice for this amendment, call, tweet, and email convention officials.

About Lee Richter: Lee Richter is an award-winning global leader, visionary and thought leader recognized as one of San Francisco’s Top 100 Women CEOs for 7 consecutive years and 100 Growing Companies fastest in the Bay Area for three consecutive years. . As an entrepreneur since 1998, Lee has built and sold several multi-million dollar businesses, is number one bestselling author, producer at Abundance Studios ™, and a member of the Forbes Business Council.

Building on his successful entrepreneurial journey, Lee uses his vast experience to inspire business leaders and entrepreneurs to realize the importance of NFTs and blockchain and take action to develop and implement a successful strategy. To learn more about NFTs with Lee, please visit www.thegloballeaderscollective.com.

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Bitter taste after cheese was frozen in Muskego https://threebearsbandb.com/bitter-taste-after-cheese-was-frozen-in-muskego/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 16:01:37 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/bitter-taste-after-cheese-was-frozen-in-muskego/ Monroe’s football team just finished their best season since my freshman year of high school (2000). The Cheesemakers went 11-2 overall (officially, after Edgewood’s canceled victory) and reached Level 4 in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs – the state semi-final. Then came the damn Pewaukee Pirates. Six seasons ago, the Cheesemakers had turned the table […]]]>

Monroe’s football team just finished their best season since my freshman year of high school (2000). The Cheesemakers went 11-2 overall (officially, after Edgewood’s canceled victory) and reached Level 4 in the WIAA Division 3 playoffs – the state semi-final.

Then came the damn Pewaukee Pirates. Six seasons ago, the Cheesemakers had turned the table over a decade of losing with an unbeaten regular season, only to be understaffed in a narrow home loss to the alma mater of JJ, TJ and Derek Watt.

At level 4, games are played on neutral grounds. With only 14 games played in the state, the level of officiating is also higher. At least it should be.

I know, I know – pissing off public servants is not the way to go. Generally speaking, I agree. I was already a certified official years ago and spent 13 years objectively covering high school sports. I understand that arbitration is hard work. I understand parents and coaches (and some players) criticize every call of every game, play by play. I agree it shouldn’t be that way – our high school officials do it for the love of the sport. They don’t get paid very well and they are human, which means mistakes can happen.

And I understand that over the last few years the number of those coming forward to officiate in high school and youth sports has declined due to these factors and is not tending to recover.

I understand all of this and I say this next point with it all in mind:

A singular flag, more than any other game, determined the outcome of the Monroe-Pewaukee game on November 12, 2021.

Yes, the officials determined the game.

I am in no way suggesting that the game has been bought and sold. I am 100% aware of the massive collapse of the third quarter which let the game level out (I was there). But as the calls arose, the most significant flags went against Monroe when they simply shouldn’t have been thrown.

For those present, a red flag (pun intended) should have appeared at the start of the match. Monroe needed to re-kick the opening kickoff because the DJ in the press box let a song play three seconds too long. And then again on the next piece. And the next piece. Finally, the official had to tell DJ Muskego not to play any music after the teams broke up the group.

My question, for the moment, was: “Doesn’t this DJ make games, or has this referee never played a game in a big stadium with a DJ?”

Anyway, in the first half I didn’t notice the arbitrage other than the music controversy – which it should be. Referees should never be part of the commentary of a match. It might have helped if Monroe turned defensive saves into offensive runs and led 14-0 at halftime. Seeing as the Cheese were taking the ball to start the third quarter, I couldn’t help but let my brain run with ideas of side stories and angles to discuss for the potential edition of the State Championship. .

“I have to call Pat Martin tomorrow to comment and talk about 1986.… Do I get a quote from every assistant coach who has declared as a player? … Which player (s) should I focus on for the celebratory photos? “

Instead, Monroe opened the third with a 3-and-out. And a bad snap / fumble combo that led to a Pewaukee touchdown.

Okay, it’s not a good start, but it’s time to put things right.

Next possession, another fourth down, but this time with a clean slap on the punt. But there is a bull rush and the kick is stuck. Phew.

[Three plays later, after a holding penalty, Pewaukee on the Monroe 25 on third down].

Okay, look at the screen here, or maybe reverse yourself. Ope, through pass, triple cover, good jump, no interference with the pass… “Wow, what a hold,” I said as Pewaukee’s Max Sheridan muscled through the defenders for an impressive catch. TD who tied the game.

With just under 4 minutes to go in the third, there was still time, as I said before, to put things right.

But there was another 3-and-out. Moments later, Pewaukee had his first try at the Monroe 45.

Then Monroe’s defense stepped up with a sack. And then another tackle for a loss, forcing a third and 23 for the Pewaukee 43. A short pass only gained three yards, making it a fourth down.

The course seemed (finally) to be correcting itself.

Pirate kicker Logan Schill unfolded to his right, in the increasingly popular brand of rubgy-style punt play, and threw a beauty that was shot inside the Monroe 5.

But wait, there was a flag in the backfield.

I watched the manager throw the flag in real time (the same guy as the DJ fiasco). The toss was delayed and it looked like he had waited for Pewaukee’s sideline to audibly complain. Monroe’s Charlie Wiegel had struck Schill’s still extended foot, who appeared to be holding the “just in case” pose.

As I have often seen, a rugby / running bettor is contacted from time to time by a defender, because the bettor IS a runner, during the entire game except for one step where he drops the balloon at his foot. According to the NFHS rulebook, a defender should only be penalized in this situation if he has the opportunity to avoid the punter, but does not. This decision is slightly different from that of college, where once a bettor starts running they no longer have kicker protections even after kicking.

So the official threw the flag, which is a 15-yard penalty for the brutal kick in high school (not a 5-yard variation for the kick in higher levels.

Pewaukee then kept the ball, advancing 15 yards. Three games later, it’s the fourth and seventh again. With the ball at the Monroe 37, the Cheesemakers opted to stay defensive at the base and not miss the punt team, given the short yardage. Time Shill does not run, but throws a ball into the seam. Monroe’s secondary is in perfect position and reads play all the time, with three players converging on the ball. Senior DB Jace Amacher is the one who reached for the ball and hit it to the ground with both hands instead of picking it up – the smarter play considering the 20 meter difference in position on the pitch.

Only this time, another flag is thrown, and apparently out of nowhere. Pewaukee fans weren’t looking for a defensive pass interference call. The bench didn’t seem to be arming either.

Amacher played the ball, went to the ball, got his first and while jumping his foot made contact with the Pewaukee player who was so late in the position he hadn’t even turned yet to reach the ball.

The penalty gave Pewaukee another first try – this time at the Monroe 22.

This is the game I first called blatant. It was the only room. Not the punt, as Monroe was back to another fourth place. Because if no flag had been thrown on the pass, Monroe would have had the ball at his own 37, not at 2, like on the punt.

But the flag was dropped, much to the dismay of almost everyone in the stadium. Pewaukee scored four games later to take a 21-14 lead.

The DPI was the complete turning point of the game. It was the singular moment that rocked the competition. Comparatively, this led to an outcome like the no-pass interference call in the 2018 NFC Saints-Rams Championship game – a late and controversial fourth-quarter call that directly led to the end of the game differently. In this game, a third down pass was incomplete when the receiver was hit hard by the defender long before the ball got there. If the flag had been thrown, New Orleans might have knelt down before throwing a last-second chip shot to go to the Super Bowl. Instead, they had to hit the basket with 1:41 to go, and the Rams came down the field and tied it with a basket. The Rams went on to win in overtime.

I understand that humans make mistakes. I do it fully. I must look no further than my own life, which is full of mistakes and assumptions from my teenage years and early to mid-twenties. I understand. But it was a Tier 4 match on November 12 – not Week 2 on August 27. At this time of year, officials just need to be better, especially in critical situations.

Yes, back-to-back punts were bad. Yes, Pewaukee had equaled him at 14 and quickly recovered the ball. Even, yes, the blow left Pewaukee to continue a possession and empty time.

But the second chance to continue the race was the difference in the outcome of the match. The Pirates could have elapsed more than two minutes before scoring (6:21 left). This meant that when Monroe faced his fourth down moments later, the cheesemakers had no choice but to go. There were less than five minutes left on the clock, one minute behind, and two minutes on the ride before they were stopped and the officials allowed the ride to continue. Again, Monroe had no choice but to go.

Instead, junior QB George Brukwicki saw his pass intercepted at Monroe 34. Five games later, another score from Pewaukee.

In Monroe’s last practice, MHS picked up heavy hitters from 29 and 12 yards. Brukwicki threw a deep pass to his brother Henry, whose left arm was held at his waist by his one-on-one defender, and the ball hit Henry’s only free hand, then the grass. No DPI this time around, however.

On the next play, George’s deep pass to the sideline was caught by Sheridan with 86 seconds left, sealing the game.

The unanswered 28 points in the second half will be on the minds of players and coaches for a long time – and for some of them, the rest of their lives. There will always be “what if?” ”

Simply put: Monroe won the first half; Pewaukee won the second half.

But the singular moment which decided the game came from a poorly refereed game. And it should never be so.

Could Monroe’s offense have continued to be lackluster and Pewaukee forced another punt or turnover and score to win? Certainly. In fact, the momentum was moving in this direction.

But we’ll never know now.

Finally, a message to this group of Cheese makers: Congratulations. It was a good season. The end of everyone’s year in tears, the difference is that only eight state teams end it with a smile beneath those tears.

Football is more than winning. It’s not just about playing sports. It is about much more. It teaches bonding, teamwork, trust and camaraderie. Players learn the hard work and how preparation (like scouting, lifting weights, conditioning, and specified training) goes a long way in determining success.

They are real links; real life lessons that will stick with a player the rest of their life.

This team developed these connections and learned these lessons. They also invigorated and captivated their community for 13 weeks. Whether they lost at Level 4 or State Championship Level 5 a week later, it was all going to end abruptly. It wasn’t supposed to end like this, but that’s life for you.

– Adam Krebs is editor of the Monroe Times and can be contacted at editor@themonroetimes.com.


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Police group accused of illegally fundraising for Trump https://threebearsbandb.com/police-group-accused-of-illegally-fundraising-for-trump/ Mon, 15 Nov 2021 22:48:16 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/police-group-accused-of-illegally-fundraising-for-trump/ A political action committee that backed President Donald Trump in the 2020 election is once again raising funds in Iowa and claims the donations will benefit the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. The scripted and pre-recorded solicitations are from the Safer America Law Enforcement Political Action Committee, though the calls […]]]>

A political action committee that backed President Donald Trump in the 2020 election is once again raising funds in Iowa and claims the donations will benefit the families of police officers killed in the line of duty.

The scripted and pre-recorded solicitations are from the Safer America Law Enforcement Political Action Committee, though the calls are reported to be from the “Police Officer Support Association.”

While the organization’s name and the appeal for donations are focused on supporting law enforcement, federal records indicate that the organization has raised more than $ 14 million, none of that money. being intended for government police services.

Even the organization’s political spending has been limited. Of the $ 14 million raised before 2021, just over half a million – or less than 4% of the money donated – was spent to support candidates for federal office. The rest was consumed by fundraising, consulting, and office expenses.

So far this year, the organization has raised $ 4.3 million, according to federal records.

The calls currently made to residents of Iowa and residents of other states appear to be generated through the use of sound card technology, also known as avatar technology, in which the “caller” speaks only on tape, answering questions and comments with other recorded messages. The use of such technology for financial solicitations would be prohibited by federal law, according to recent court records.

The calls – several made in recent weeks to an Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter who recorded them – typically begin with the same three words, with a male voice asking, “Is Bridget here?” This is followed by a few seconds of silence, giving the consumer time to respond.

That’s when the solicitation begins, with the recorded voice saying, “This is Tim from the Police Officers’ Support Association. The recording goes on to say that the police association is trying to give the police “the tools and resources to protect us effectively.”

The recorded solicitation goes on to say: “We seek to elect the leaders who advocate for a death and disability fund so that the families they leave behind are not alone in the face of financial stress if they die in the city. the exercise of their functions. We support Representatives Lee Zeldin and Ami Bera “- a reference to members of Congress from New York and California, respectively -” because they support law enforcement. If we were to send you an envelope, would you show your support with a one-time, non-tax deductible donation? … We have three levels of support. There is a support level of $ 35, $ ​​50, and $ 75. What is right for you? “

Once the consumer accepts the pledge amount, the recorded voice says, “Thank you very much. They really appreciate your support. Now, are you 100% comfortable with your donation? Great. Thank you so much. Now in closing, the billing department is going to come online to make sure we have your correct information.

A female voice recorded on tape then requests the credit card number, name, address and occupation of the potential donor. The call ends with the recorded voice indicating that the call is “paid for by law enforcement for America’s Safer PAC.”

Fundraisers accused of illegal solicitations

According to data from the Federal Election Commission compiled by OpenSecrets.org, the PAC raised nearly $ 14 million in 2019 and 2020 and spent $ 543,000 on independent political expenses. The rest of the money was spent largely on fundraising, office expenses, and counseling.

All political spending in the 2020 election cycle was either in favor of Republicans or in opposition to Democrats, although the PAC reports that it spent $ 247,682 this year to support Bera, a Democrat.

The vast majority of the money spent in 2020 was spent supporting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and most donors whose professions are disclosed in federal records have marked their professions as “retired,” according to data from the FEC.

The PAC website includes a series of YouTube videos endorsing “our leader, President Trump” and warning that “big city liberals like Nancy Pelosi and AOC are working to make our country less secure.”

Political action committees are able to raise unlimited amounts of money which can then be spent on advocating for specific political causes or candidates.

The founding treasurer of PAC is identified in federal records as Jeremy Kevitt of Florida. A Florida police officer of the same name was arrested for a felony last fall and charged with stealing nearly $ 50,000 from the Clermont, Florida Police Union.

One of the fundraising companies used by law enforcement for a Safer America is identified in federal records as the Gehl Group of Florida, which did business in Iowa.

Fundraiser accused of consumer fraud

In 1997, the Gehl Group signed a consent judgment prohibiting the company and its successors from distorting how the proceeds from telemarketing campaigns in Iowa would be used. A company named Xentel then acquired the Gehl group, with Joseph Gehl as chairman of Xentel.

In 2003, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Xentel, alleging he illegally fundraised for firefighters by tricking the people of Iowa into believing the callers were firefighters rather than paid fundraisers.

“We claim that they are fooling the people of Iowa into believing that most or all of the money donated is going to help firefighters when it is not,” Miller told the time. “Little or no support usually goes to a donor’s local fire department, and about 75% of the money donated is kept by Xentel and never supports the firefighters. “

At that time, Xentel was soliciting donations from Iowa under contract with the Iowa Professional Firefighters Association. The lawsuit was settled in 2004, with Xentel agreeing to pay $ 30,000 and comply with Iowa law.

The lawsuit alleges “false and inflated” expenses

Another of the hired fundraisers used by law enforcement for a Safer America is now the subject of a possible class action lawsuit filed in federal court last month on behalf of consumers.

The lawsuit accuses professional fundraiser Richard Zeitlin of joining “accomplice” political action committees – including Law Enforcement for a Safer America and its treasurer, Kevitt – and of using a “range of fees. fake and inflated generals ”to funnel millions of dollars in political donations. in companies that Zeitlin controls.

According to the lawsuit, the phone calls that Zeitlin uses to solicit donations from PAC use soundboard technology so that consumer questions and comments are only answered through a set of pre-recorded messages deployed by either a computer, or by a person who monitors the “conversation”. “The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibits the use of artificial or pre-recorded voices in financial solicitations, the lawsuit alleges, and Zeitlin openly and regularly violates that law.

Consumers who receive the calls often receive “inappropriate or absurd responses to their questions or comments,” according to the lawsuit, and calls are often abruptly terminated when a consumer asks questions the system was not designed for.

Zeitlin has yet to respond to the lawsuit. Kevitt and Law Enforcement for a Safer America could not be reached for comment.


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Editorial: What would you change about the state tax system? https://threebearsbandb.com/editorial-what-would-you-change-about-the-state-tax-system/ https://threebearsbandb.com/editorial-what-would-you-change-about-the-state-tax-system/#respond Thu, 11 Nov 2021 09:30:00 +0000 https://threebearsbandb.com/editorial-what-would-you-change-about-the-state-tax-system/ By the Herald Editorial Board Now’s your chance to not only complain about taxes, but – maybe – to help make Washington’s tax system fairer and easier to understand. A task force comprised of state lawmakers and other state and local officials continues its efforts to consider potential reforms of the state tax system by […]]]>

By the Herald Editorial Board

Now’s your chance to not only complain about taxes, but – maybe – to help make Washington’s tax system fairer and easier to understand.

A task force comprised of state lawmakers and other state and local officials continues its efforts to consider potential reforms of the state tax system by the legislature in the coming years.

While the Task Force on State Tax Structure has completed a series of town halls online which has garnered public comment on the tax system and several proposed reforms, the task force is still collecting feedback through online surveys – one brief, the other more detailed – that allow state residents to comment on several ideas considered.

Polls ask questions about tax fairness; options to maintain or reform the current state system of sales, property, business and occupancy taxes and other taxes; and various proposals that would reduce or replace the current list of state taxes.

The task force – which includes lawmakers from both parties and chambers and representatives from the governor’s office, the State Department of Revenue, the Association of Washington Cities and the Association of Counties of the Washington State – examines changes to the state’s tax system that would provide more fairness and justice, greater stability and predictability in meeting state revenue needs, and more transparency regarding the tax system.

The working group is expected to consider public comments and continue discussions over the coming year, with the possibility of legislation in 2023.

Potential reforms seek to be revenue neutral, which means the intention is not to raise more or collect less taxes and revenues, but to find a better combination of taxes that would improve the structure. fiscal.

And there is no choice but to defend the state in terms of tax fairness.

Washington State ranks at the bottom of the 50 states in the most recent report of the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy, a non-partisan tax policy advocacy group. His report “Who pays? “ is its state-by-state assessment of tax systems. The ITEP ranked Washington last in tax fairness, leading its “Terrible Ten” states, based on the percentage that the state’s lowest income families pay in taxes compared to the little that they pay. the richest in the state pay in taxes.

“Washington has the most unfair national and local tax system in the country. Incomes are more unequal in Washington after collecting state and local taxes than before, ”revealed the sixth edition of the report.

Take a look: Washington state families in the bottom 20% in income – those earning less than $ 24,000 a year – pay about 17.8% of what they earn in taxes, while the richest 1% – those who earn at least $ 545,900 or more per year – pay only 3% of their income in taxes. Those in the middle of 20%, with incomes between $ 44,000 and $ 70,100, pay 11% of their income in taxes.

This disparity – giving Washington the dubious distinction of having the nation’s most regressive tax system – is the result of a system that has no income tax and instead relies heavily on national sales taxes. and local.

ITEP, in its “Who pays? report, notes that states with the fairest tax systems rely less on regressive sales taxes and instead use broad brackets and progressive income tax rates; and offer targeted and refundable tax credits for low-income people.

Of the state’s total tax revenue for 2020 of $ 26.83 billion in 2020, about 45% – $ 12.1 billion – was generated by sales taxes, according to the State Revenue Department. ; another 11 percent – $ 3 billion – came from the sales tax on tobacco, alcohol, and the state tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. Business and operating taxes, also known as B&O, generated 17% of revenue, or $ 4.6 billion; while property taxes accounted for 14 percent of revenue or $ 3.6 billion. Other taxes accounted for the remaining 13 percent, or $ 3.6 billion.

Where is this money going? About 47 percent support public education from kindergarten to grade 12; 33 percent is spent on human services; nearly 7 percent on higher education; and the balance goes to government, natural resources, debt service and other spending.

Among the proposals being studied and included in the online survey:

One, regarding property taxes – currently capped at no more than 1% increase without voter approval – would tie increases to the state’s population and inflation.

A second would forgo property tax on the first $ 250,000 of the assessed value of a primary residence and replace lost income with a 1% wealth tax on stocks and bonds valued at more than $ 1. ‘a billion dollars.

One-third would reduce state sales tax by 2 percentage points; reduce property taxes by 25% and forgo the first $ 250,000 of assessed property value and eliminate B&O tax, while adopting fixed income taxes for corporations and individuals.

A fourth, with the reductions and eliminations described above, would adopt graduated rates for corporate and personal income tax.

Washington State has no income tax; voters approved a state income tax in 1931, but the law was successfully challenged in 1933, with the state Supreme Court finding it unconstitutional. Other court cases and elections kept the state’s tax package exempt from income tax, but some suggested the ruling aimed for a progressive income tax and that a flat income tax could pass the constitutional course. Passing a progressive income tax would require a two-thirds vote in the legislature and a constitutional amendment approved by voters.

State residents and businesses will have their own opinions on what is fair and what is not about the state tax system and any reform proposals being considered; but that is why these thoughts are needed now.

The task force co-chairs – State Senator Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, and State Representative Noel Frame, D-Seattle – also disagree on the best options for reform, “but we are aligned with the process. , Wagoner told Washington Wire in September.

“And I think it was really helpful. (Frame) and I… disagree on a lot of things. But let’s agree on a process where we can hear people. That’s what it’s about.

Take the survey

Washington residents can take the Tax Structure Task Force’s Short or Long Survey at taxworkgroup.org/survey. More information about the task force, the state’s tax system, and the proposals under consideration – including calculators that show what your tax bill might be under different proposals – is available at taxworkgroup.org/learn.



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