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senate Bill S. 2505

Should Corporations Have to Pay Bonuses Equal to the Size of Their Share Buybacks?

Argument in favor

Corporations that have the profits to reward shareholders with share buybacks should be able to pay bonuses or raise wages for workers by an equal amount.

Rick 's Opinion
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03/29/2018
It is high time corporate America stop standing on the backs of their subordinate employees. Sharing the wealth of the profits that come mostly from the hard work and dedication of their employees have to go. American’s need to work, but having this mentality that upper management reaping all the financial benefits to this hard work that the working population does is hurting the economy!
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Justin's Opinion
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03/29/2018
Absolutely. The fat can’t get fat alone - at a higher rate
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Daniel's Opinion
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03/29/2018
Anything that gives regular workers a little more spending power and wealth (as opposed to just giving it all to the CEOs) is fine with me
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Argument opposed

Corporations buying back shares is just an example of financial markets working efficiently, Congress shouldn’t mandate those businesses pay bonuses too.

JTJ's Opinion
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03/29/2018
No, the government has no business telling companies how to do their business.
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Edward's Opinion
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03/29/2018
This is Government overreach into the private sector
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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03/29/2018
No. "Should they?" No. This is ridiculous. Employees are not shareholders. Their "share" of the revenues comes in the form of a paycheck. Only shareholders are shareholders and have a right to the company's profits.
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      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedMarch 6th, 2018
    Absurd over reach attempt. Or, we could just take one more step toward socialism.
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    We don’t need more government overreach! Stop regulating companies to death!
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    If corporations use their huge tax giveaways to buy back stock and reward investors. If the monies for those buybacks comes from a huge tax giveaway. Then perhaps the workers who make those businesses function should share in the rewards. And, if the tax giveaways were mandated by the government, then the workers’ raises/bonuses should also be mandated.
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    Workers are making the profits, they should be rewarded for it. Instead, the fruits of their hard work are essentially being taken from them by wealthy people who didn’t earn it, and likely don’t need it.
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    Thus far, the recently-passed GOP tax scam has benefited the majority very little, whilst billionaires and corporations received trillions in benefits. That legislation was sold as a benefit to the worker, and this bill would help to enforce that position, despite the fact that the GOP had no interest in keeping a promise to their constituency. Let's take it out of their hands.
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    Once again, Republicans are all for making the rich, richer while claiming to be for "common man." Greedy corporations got all the tax breaks and will NEVER "trickle down" to employees unless they are FORCED to do so.
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    America is not run on a Marxist economic system, so unless the employees are shareholders who have risked their money by investing, no they should not.
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    If all corporations are going to do with the tax breaks recently signed into law is provide themselves with shareholder buybacks, then their employees ought to share in that windfall.
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    It's time to force companies to take care of their employees because they obviously won't. I also support hight taxes on corporations.
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    If corporations want to spend their profits on share buybacks, then they should also have to pay out bonuses to the people that bust their buts everyday to make the company profitable: their employees. Income and wealth inequality is rampant and getting worse. We need ways to reverse this trend.
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    Corporations *should* do this, but not by government mandate. Instead we should be offering incentives for them to do so.
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    I know my republican representatives hate the idea of big government telling businesses what to do—I actually prefer that the government leave everyone alone—but as I like to say, the question isn’t whether or not the government should step in, but rather what are you doing that makes it necessary for the government to step in? The sad, and straightforward fact of the matter is that CEOs often make more in one hour than their employees can make in 10 years. The big talking point from Republicans about their tax plan was that by cutting corporate taxes, the money saved would trickle down to their employees. This bill would make that possible. Voting against this bill would cause even more doubt about that sentiment.
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    Share. Learned in kindergarten. Share the wealth.
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    The size of these bonuses is obscene and ridiculously disproportionate to the work done.
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    This is another common sense bill that will help workers. Workers need the money more than the executives- it’s a shame that so many workers are exploited by greedy executives.
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    This benefits everyone. And for all those saying no because "the government has no business telling corporations how to run"... Why don't you tell that to the president who's been involving himself in corporate affairs since day one. You can talk all day long about the "free market", but you and I both know there's no such thing.
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    Time to give the workers more of the pie, I’m sure the millionaires and billionaires will not be able to pay for their sports cars and mansions now. The employees need it more.
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    Let corporations manage their own affairs. Once again one size does not fit all. The government talks about fair and it is for the real fast cats (politicians.
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    The government needs to stay out of business. This is exactly the type of Marxist bullshit that hurts the economy, mostly the poor & working class. Share holders are the ones who keep investing in businesses because there’s a chance for profit. If there’s no reward for the risk, then there will be no investment, and then guess what? There’s no growth, no new jobs, no bonuses for employees, and no wage increases! The majority of the share holders are ordinary working citizens with savings & retirement accounts. LAWMAKERS, DO THE PUBLIC A FAVOR! PLEASE LEARN BASIC ECONOMICS BEFORE WE ARE ALL LIVING IN ABJECT POVERTY!
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    Sounds like a great start to addressing income inequality based on corporate greed. And by only applying it to corporate profits used for stock buy backs, it does not affect companies who cannot afford to increase wages. Great idea that will actually help low and middle income people who continue to lag behind in the current business climate. And simple way to insure that tax breaks to corporations do trickle down.
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