by Josh Boak And Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2017 12:20 am MDT Last Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump-taxes: President scraps tax plan, timetable threatened WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system.The administration’s first attempt to write legislation is in its early stages and the White House has kept much of it under wraps. But it has already sprouted the consideration of a series of unorthodox proposals including a drastic cut to the payroll tax, aimed at appealing to Democrats.Some view the search for new options as a result of Trump’s refusal to set clear parameters for his plan and his exceedingly challenging endgame: reducing tax rates enough to spur faster growth without blowing up the budget deficit.Administration officials say it’s now unlikely that a tax overhaul will meet the August deadline set by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. But the ambitious pace to figure out a plan reflects Trump’s haste to move quickly past a bruising failure to broker a compromise within his own party on how to replace the health insurance law enacted under President Barack Obama.The White House is trying to learn the lessons from health care. Rather than accepting a bill written by the lawmakers, White House officials are taking a more active role. Administration officials have signalled that they want to pass tax legislation with only Republican votes, yet they’ve also held listening sessions with House Democrats.White House aides say the goal is to cut tax rates sharply enough to improve the economic picture in depressed rural and industrial pockets of the country where many Trump voters live. But the administration so far has swatted down alternative ways for raising revenues, such as a carbon tax, to offset lower rates.Trump, who brands himself as a deal-maker, has not said which trade-offs he might accept and he has remained noncommittal on the leading blueprint, from Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.Brady, R-Texas, has proposed a border adjustment system, which would eliminate corporate deductions on imports, to raise $1 trillion over 10 years that could fund lower corporate tax rates.But that possibility has rankled retailers who say it would lead to higher prices and threaten millions of jobs, while some lawmakers have worried that the system would violate World Trade Organization rules.Brady has said he intends to amend the blueprint but has not spelled out how he would do so.Other options are being shopped on Capitol Hill.One circulating this past week would change the House Republican plan to eliminate much of the payroll tax and cut corporate tax rates. This would require a new dedicated funding source for Social Security.The change, proposed by a GOP lobbyist with close ties to the Trump administration, would transform Brady’s plan on imports into something closer to a value-added tax by also eliminating the deduction of labour expenses. This would bring it in line with WTO rules and generate an additional $12 trillion over 10 years, according to budget estimates. Those additional revenues could then enable the end of the 12.4 per cent payroll tax, split evenly between employers and employees, that funds Social Security, while keeping the health insurance payroll tax in place.This approach would give a worker earning $60,000 a year an additional $3,720 in take-home pay, a possible win that lawmakers could highlight back in their districts even though it would involve changing the funding mechanism for Social Security, according to the lobbyist, who asked for anonymity to discuss the proposal without disrupting early negotiations.Although some billed this as a bipartisan solution, and President Barack Obama did temporarily cut the payroll tax after the Great Recession, others note it probably would run into firm opposition from Democrats who are loathe to be seen as undermining Social Security.The White House would not comment on the plan, but said a value-added tax based on consumption is not under consideration “as of now,” according to a White House statement.The lack of detail about how to significantly rewrite tax laws for the first time in 30 years may provide Trump some time to build consensus among Republicans. But without Trump laying down his hand, lawmakers appear reluctant to back a plan that will likely stir controversy.“Because there are trade-offs, congressmen need cover from the president to withstand the lobbyists and constituents who are going to complain,” said Bill Gale, an economist at the Brookings Institution who worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers during President George H.W. Bush’s administration.The Trump administration appears to have shut out the economists who helped assemble one of his campaign’s tax overhaul plans, which independent analyses show would have increased the budget deficit.“It’s a little frustrating that they feel they have to write a new tax plan when they have a tax plan,” said Steven Moore, an economist at the conservative Heritage Foundation who helped formulate tax policy for the Trump campaign.Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, said that all of the trial balloons surfacing in public don’t represent the work that’s being done behind the scenes.“It’s not really what’s going on,” Portman said. “What’s going on is they’re working with on various ideas.”Investors are beginning to show some doubts that Trump can deliver. Stocks rallied after his election on the promise of lower taxes and fewer regulations, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average has dipped 1.2 per cent over the past month as the path for health care and tax revisions has become muddied.“The White House is going to need its own clear direction, or it’s going to need to defer to Congress, but saying that your plan is forthcoming and then not producing a plan kind of puts everything in stasis,” said Alan Cole, an economist at the conservative Tax Foundation.

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first_img News Organisation to go further Shakori and seven of his employees – who were given 11-year prison sentences – were convicted of anti-government propaganda, publishing indecent content and inciting immorality. They have appealed. Aparat was created as an Iranian alternative to YouTube, which continues to be inaccessible in Iran. RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists In 2009, Shakori was accused by activists and former political prisoners of collaborating with the regime. In particular, they accused him of informing the authorities of the identity of Internet users who had posted information about the wave of protests they were organizing. Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists October 28, 2020 Combined total of 128 years in prison for 10 Iranians with journalism links A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mohammad Javad Shakori, the head of the Iranian state video-sharing service Aparat, to 12 years in prison on 24 October for producing and disseminated a sex education documentary for young people that asked children if they knew “how they were born.” “We condemn these extremely harsh sentences imposed after unfair trials, which constitute violations of press freedom and free speech,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “The charges are complete fabrications. In Iran, there is nothing independent about the justice system, which is manipulated by the Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials.” News According to Mazloom, who was arrested in July, her son has just been transferred to “Security Section 2a” of Tehran’s Evin prison, where he is in solitary confinement. RSF has previously condemned the Iranian judicial system’s persecution of Arabi, as well as its persecution of his mother and the families of other journalists. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedWomenInternet Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the exceptionally severe prison sentences that have just been passed in Iran on eight employees of a state video-sharing service, a jailed photojournalist’s mother, and a citizen-journalist. Totalling 128 years in prison, these sentences represent a new crackdown on the freedom to inform, RSF says. June 9, 2021 Find out more Farangis Mazloom , the mother of Soheil Arabi, an imprisoned photojournalist who was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in the citizen-journalist category in 2017, was herself sentenced on appeal on 20 October to 18 months in prison on charges of “meeting and plotting against national security” and anti-government propaganda. Finally, the writer and citizen-journalist Payman Farhangian has been sentenced to 38 years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and “creating a group of more than two people on [the messaging service] Signal in order to endanger national security.” His lawyer says he has appealed against the sentence. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts  Although he lives in Iran, Farhangian was tried in absentia because he was not notified in advance about his trial, which was held at the end of August. After being arrested at his home in Kia Shahr, iin the northern province of Gilan, in connection with Instagram posts in support of the worker’s movement, he had been released pending trial on payment of an exorbitant sum of money as bail February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img

first_imgIndia is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The group says it wants to purge all “anti-national” and “anti-government” content without distinction. IABM’s “vigilantes” subject targeted journalists to online harassment and malicious phone calls, report them to their employers and accuse them of sedition in complaints filed with courts around the country. March 3, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intoleranceMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Receive email alerts In a highly explicit tweet, he added: “If some media kingpin thinks #IABM is shooting the Messenger. Yes we are shooting the messenger but people know we are shooting the ‘One’ who spread lies and fears so deserve this treatment only.” IABM claims that it is apolitical but a quick look at Saxena’s Twitter profile leaves little doubt about its affinities. His profile displays a large photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saxena boasts of having Modi among his Twitter followers. In the second case, around 25 legal complaints have been filed against freelance journalist Dhruv Rathee for criticizing the prime minister in a YouTube video. Instead of a journalist, the target of the third case is the actress Swara Bhaskar, against whom a similar number of legal actions have been filed for tweeting a photo showing an Indian army human rights violation in Kashmir. Earlier this month, two senior journalists at the TV channel ABP News – managing editor Milind Khandekar and Punya Prasun Bajpai, the presenter of the current affairs programme Master Stroke – were forced to resign after its executives asked them to avoid any comments or reports critical of the government or prime minister. A third ABP News journalist, Abhisar Sharma, was fired for objecting to similar instructions. “We call on the Indian government to ban this group, which is openly inciting murder and whose verbal violence against journalists poses a serious threat to their physical safety,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The harassment of Indian journalists who do not toe the ruling party line is reaching alarming proportions, while the government’s response to this phenomenon is a deafening silence. With less than a year to go to a general election, journalists must be able to express themselves without having to fear for their physical or professional survival. Otherwise, Indian democracy will be nothing more than a distant illusion.” IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intoleranceMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Later, Bajpai wrote an exposé about the circumstances of his departure and the official diktats that preceded it. The TV channel’s management allegedly received pressures from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the BJP apparatus, including jamming satellite signals and the withdrawal of advertising by businesses close to the government. A week before the two journalists were forced out, BJP leader Amit Shah told parliament he was going to “teach ABP News a lesson.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Indian authorities to ban a group of pro-government Hindu nationalists who have launched an online campaign against “biased” journalists. RSF also urges the authorities to guarantee the physical and professional survival of journalists threatened by these militants. Follow the news on India The three cases in which IAMB members report filing complaints in the past few days clearly reflect Hindutva, the far-right Hindu nationalist ideology that inspired the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In one of these cases, a score of complaints have been brought against journalists who covered a recent shooting attack on Umar Khalid, a student leader loathed by Hindu nationalists. April 27, 2021 Find out more This online militia has emerged at a particularly worrying time for the editorial independence of journalists who tackle issues involving the prime minister and the ruling party. Help by sharing this information Organisation This online militia unveiled its existence on Twitter last week, calling itself “India Against Biased Media” and using the hashtag #IABM to recruit volunteers. Its programme – which, at the very least, can be described as radical – is to rid India of “biased or fake” news and to target those responsible. News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The online harassment of journalists is particularly disturbing in India, where Hindu nationalists are behind harassment that can lead to murder, as was the case with Gauri Lankesh, a newspaper editor shot dead outside her home a year ago. June 10, 2021 Find out more “Teach a lesson” RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 IABM says it is apolitical but a quick look at its founder’s Twitter profile leaves little doubt about its affinities (photocredit: DB / RSF). August 22, 2018 India: RSF calls for ban on Hindu nationalist group threatening journalists Deafening silence News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media One of its founders, Vipul Saxena, identified the group’s targets as journalists responsible for “biased content resulting in hurting religious sentiments of people aiming to disturb social harmony.”last_img

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