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senate Bill S. 3410

Stop BEZOS Act: Should Corporations be Taxed When Their Low-Wage Workers Use Federal Benefits?

Argument in favor

The disparity between large corporations’ executives’ pay and their employees’ hourly wages creates economic uncertainty for workers’ families and costs taxpayers money, as underpaid workers rely on welfare programs to make ends meet. Taxing corporations for the federal benefits employees use to make ends meet will either force wages up or bring revenue into the government to pay for these social services.

Dawn's Opinion
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10/19/2018
The disparity between large corporations’ executives’ pay and their employees’ hourly wages creates economic uncertainty for workers’ families and costs taxpayers money, as underpaid workers rely on welfare programs to make ends meet. Taxing corporations for the federal benefits employees use to make ends meet will either force wages up or bring revenue into the government to pay for these social services.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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10/19/2018
If your company or Corporation or LLC is making millions and you’re able to pay CEO’s bonuses but your employees must apply for food stamps or housing assistance you are not a good corporate citizen. Until you can become a good corporate citizen and deal fairly with everyone within your organization on your own, the government has the right and obligation to help you understand your duties to all your employees through taxes or other means in order to recoup the money that I and others as taxpayers have to shell out for your poor citizenship.
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Craig 's Opinion
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10/19/2018
Stand with Senator Sanders. Stand with the people you’re elected to represent. Fight every day to get this bill passed. And vote yes on the Bezos Act when it comes to the floor.
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Argument opposed

This bill creates a powerful perverse incentive for companies not to hire poor, single, or minority people — pushing people who need any jobs they can get further down the economic ladder by forcing them into unemployment. Additionally, maintaining compliance with this bill will require a massive violation of employees’ privacy in order to determine what federal benefits they or their family members received.

Poli.Sci's Opinion
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10/19/2018
Why should a corporation be taxed for people using Federal benefits? So you’re saying, the ACA would cause every company that does not have private healthcare to be taxed. That would cause an unmistakable mass exodus of companies to close doors and take the financial penalty to move overseas. Bernie Sanders does not have my support on this and in fact, I would encourage Congress to lessen the benefits of the Federal government to encourage higher productivity to those who are illegally using the system instead of working for their benefits. Better oversight is one thing but to tax companies for a lack of benefits because they could be small businesses is outrageous. I thought Bernie was for small businesses and not large corporations, but not by the wording of this bill.
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10/19/2018
This bill creates a powerful perverse incentive for companies not to hire poor, single, or minority people — pushing people who need any jobs they can get further down the economic ladder by forcing them into unemployment. Additionally, maintaining compliance with this bill will require a massive violation of employees’ privacy in order to determine what federal benefits they or their family members received.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/19/2018
Socialism on a water slide towards the bottom of civilization. The easy answer to this dilemma is to find a higher paid job. Allow Capitalism to support better wages. And didn't I read that Bezos raised his lower wage earners salary?
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    IntroducedSeptember 5th, 2018
    The disparity between large corporations’ executives’ pay and their employees’ hourly wages creates economic uncertainty for workers’ families and costs taxpayers money, as underpaid workers rely on welfare programs to make ends meet. Taxing corporations for the federal benefits employees use to make ends meet will either force wages up or bring revenue into the government to pay for these social services.
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    Why should a corporation be taxed for people using Federal benefits? So you’re saying, the ACA would cause every company that does not have private healthcare to be taxed. That would cause an unmistakable mass exodus of companies to close doors and take the financial penalty to move overseas. Bernie Sanders does not have my support on this and in fact, I would encourage Congress to lessen the benefits of the Federal government to encourage higher productivity to those who are illegally using the system instead of working for their benefits. Better oversight is one thing but to tax companies for a lack of benefits because they could be small businesses is outrageous. I thought Bernie was for small businesses and not large corporations, but not by the wording of this bill.
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    If your company or Corporation or LLC is making millions and you’re able to pay CEO’s bonuses but your employees must apply for food stamps or housing assistance you are not a good corporate citizen. Until you can become a good corporate citizen and deal fairly with everyone within your organization on your own, the government has the right and obligation to help you understand your duties to all your employees through taxes or other means in order to recoup the money that I and others as taxpayers have to shell out for your poor citizenship.
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    Stand with Senator Sanders. Stand with the people you’re elected to represent. Fight every day to get this bill passed. And vote yes on the Bezos Act when it comes to the floor.
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    Without a living wage, these persons on public assistance are being subsidized by the middle class and those persons who pay the larger percentage of taxes while these billion dollar corporations get deep and wide tax breaks. Trickle down doesn't work if there are workers in a corporation that need long term public assistance for basic needs...especially when upper management makes millions.
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    This bill creates a powerful perverse incentive for companies not to hire poor, single, or minority people — pushing people who need any jobs they can get further down the economic ladder by forcing them into unemployment. Additionally, maintaining compliance with this bill will require a massive violation of employees’ privacy in order to determine what federal benefits they or their family members received.
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    Americans should not have to help massive corporations pay their own workers.
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    Whenever corporations have wages so low that their employees cannot afford the necessities provided by federal programs, it costs the middle and lower classes' tax dollars. I saw an opposing argument saying this would encourage companies not to hire the poor... Which misses the entire point. If companies pay living wages, their employees won't need these federal programs to begin with.
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    How about we raise the minimum wage to a living wage and then employees would not have to rely on federal assistance to feed their families.
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    Socialism on a water slide towards the bottom of civilization. The easy answer to this dilemma is to find a higher paid job. Allow Capitalism to support better wages. And didn't I read that Bezos raised his lower wage earners salary?
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    The entry level workers of big corporations are what are running the system, the least they can get is a livable wage and benefits, multi billion dollar companies like Amazon need to pay taxes.
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    Democrats won’t be happy until everyone is unemployed and on welfare. That’s what will result from a stupid bill like this.
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    Why should we foot the bill when you can’t pay your employees a livable wage. It also incentivizes investing in employees than bonuses and stock buy backs.
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    Are you kidding?? We're going to levy a PUNISHMENT on the ones that have hired these folks?? Stop for a second and think about the burden tax payers would have if Amazon or Walmart didn't exist! If their employees are welfare recipients, then thank the corporations for subsidizing their benefits with a steady paycheck so that you, the taxpayer, aren't having to shell out even more! You've got your math all backwards if you want to PUNISH these companies!
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    If a person relies on public assistance while working full-time then the company is clearly not paying the individual enough to live. By paying so little the company is relying on public assistance to subsidize its workforce so that they can increase their own profits.
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    Stop taking taxes out and maybe they don’t need the benefits.
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    There can no longer be socialism for the wealthy. We are done paying for their bailouts, their tax cuts, and their financial misadventures. It is time that the wealthy pay their fair share and contribute to this nations greatness. The myth that their tax cuts improve the economy is demonstrably false. It’s time to raise their taxes to the rate they were at under Dwight D Eisenhower.
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    THERE is NO way that corporations should be able to SWINDLE the AMERICAN TAX PAYERS!!! CHaRGE them the COST plus. STIFF IRREFUTABLE PENALTY for refusing to ADDRESS INCOME INEQUALITY abd make the penalties come out of pockets of the PROFITEERS , owners and officers!!!!!!
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    I almost voted yes for this till I realized that it would push always applicant who need a job because they’re on a federal program. All though this is a good idea to try and force big companies to pay they’re workers better it would hurt the people who need it the most.
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    More socialist ideology being pushed by Bernie the Socialist Sanders. Socialism is a proven failure and is not compatible with the US Constitution or Bill of Rights. News flash Socialists - who the hell do you think employees you and over 90 percent of the work force, pays for innovations that better your life, dumps vast sums of personal income into social and economic programs to help the needy, pays for non profit bleeding heart leftists programs your so proud to be a part of and my favorite who pays more taxes than 95% of the people - yeah idiots, it’s the rich capitalists and not the poor socialists. Stop being so jealous about what other people have and focus on bettering yourself.
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