Rep. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus, released the liberal vision for the nation's finances Wednesday. He says it creates jobs and lowers the deficit by increasing taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals and raising the cost of carbon to pay for new roads, bridges, transit, energy and water projects, as well as job training programs.
The budget contemplates raising $1.2 trillion in revenue over the next decade by raising the tax rate on households with over $250,000 in income and raising another $1.2 trillion by raising the cost of carbon. Another trillion would come from taxing financial transactions.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."