Mark Schmitt


Big Idea: To Fight Inequality, Link Worker Pay to Corporate Taxes

The average CEO earns 300 times more than the workers at his company. It's out of whack, it's driving inequality, and there's a way to fix it.

With both presidential candidates promising major reform of the federal tax system, we’ll start to hear variations on the phrase, “If you want more of something, tax it less, and if you want less of something, tax it more.” There’s more to taxes than just raising money to support public services and determining who deserves to pay. The tax code sets some basic priorities for the economy and society, so a better way to think about taxes is to ask, “How can we improve the tax code to get the kind of economy we want?”

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