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Fri May 11, 2018, 09:06 PM

Dozens of Democratic Socialists Pack Portland City Hall in Attempt to Sway Final Budget Discussion

Dozens of Democratic Socialists Pack Portland City Hall in Attempt to Sway Final Budget Discussion With “Tax the Rich” Plan

Dozens of red-shirt clad Democratic Socialists of America packed into Portland City Hall on Thursday evening at the city's final budget forum to protest Mayor Ted Wheeler's spending proposal.

Since the beginning of April, the group has been showing up at forums in attempts to influence discussions with their Tax the Rich plan—a tiered tax on the incomes of Portland's wealthiest residents.

The plan starts at a 2 percent tax on incomes above $250,000, and goes up to an 8 percent tax on individual incomes that exceed $1 million.

Portland DSA—which has grown from five members in 2016 to 800 today—played a part in the historic unionization of a Burgerville restaurant, and is aiming for bigger policy victories.

Read more: http://www.wweek.com/news/2018/05/11/dozens-of-democratic-socialists-pack-portland-city-hall-in-attempt-to-sway-final-budget-discussion-with-tax-the-rich-plan/

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