The Death of the Conservative Experiment in Kansas: What Nonprofits Should Know – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/15/death-conservative-experiment-kansas-nonprofits-know/

Advocates who are not regular adherents to the central ideas behind trickle-down economics have been handed a gift of sorts in the Republican repudiation of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s six-year-long conservative tax experiment. The skeleton of the experiment was simple: Cutting taxes would stimulate the economy and Kansas would see better times. In Brownback’s speeches, he said there would be no interruption of essential services. But, after years of proof to the contrary, even the Republicans were tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul each year to balance the budget. In the face of ever more bleak job and business numbers, last week they rejected the prospect of continuing on that course. The lawmakers essentially voted to reinstate taxation at close to its former levels.

Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Source: Uber, Lyft offer to pay state in return for changes to regulations | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Uber and Lyft are offering to tack on a 50-cent surcharge to every ride they provide in Oregon, with the money funding a $5 million-a-year rebate initiative for Oregonians to buy electric vehicles.

But in exchange, the two firms want to revive a bill that would let only the state — not individual Oregon cities — regulate them. That idea, highly unpopular with labor-friendly Democrats, died in the House earlier this session.

Some cities, including Eugene and Springfield, insist that ride-­hailing companies comply with local taxi-regulating ­ordinances. Uber and Lyft consider it costly and unnecessary to follow such local restrictions. Uber has declined to set up service in Eugene and Springfield, after failing in its challenge of the local rules.

Do today’s tech/telecom companies employ too few workers? – Progressive Policy Institute – Progressive Policy Institute

http://www.progressivepolicy.org/blog/todays-techtelecom-companies-employ-workers/

definition of ‘industrial’ includes non-energy manufacturing companies. The 1979 list should include Procter and Gamble, but I could not locate their employment data in their annual report.  There’s no reason to think that substituting P&G for J&J would make a significant difference in the list. Ford Motor’s stock price underwent a steep plunge in 1979 that took it out of the top 10 industrial companies by market cap.

After Passing Several Innovative Health Policies, Nevada Reaches Its Limit: Medicaid for All

http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/gov-nevada-sandoval-medicaid-health.html?AMP

If Congress replaces the ACA with the most recent version of the American Health Care Act, 24 million Americans would lose coverage within 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Health experts say the replacement plan also would have stunted Nevada’s Medicaid-for-all plan.

Could Universal Basic Income Make Its US Debut in Hawaii? – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/06/20/universal-basic-income-make-us-debut-hawaii/

“Human behavior is always unpredictable. We want to know what motivates people, what people respond to.”

According to the online news outlet Futurism, which calls 2017 “The Year of UBI,” Germany also has a two-year UBI pilot, Canada and Uganda each plan to start one, and India is debating the merits. eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is currently financing a UBI experiment in Kenya.

According to the Basic Income Earth Network, the idea of a minimum income first appeared in the 16th century; by the 19th century, the idea had evolved into unconditional basic income. In 1969, President Nixon proposed the Family Assistance Plan in the U.S. to replace the AFDC, the aid program to poor families, but it was eventually rejected.

Opponents of UBI worry that it will make people lazy. But Sam Altman, the president of the incubator Y Combinator, which is funding research on inverse basic incomes, said, “Maybe 90 percent of people will go smoke pot and play video games. But if 10 percent of the people go create new products and services and new wealth, that’s a huge net win.”

The average Oregonian might rightly ask, “The CAT? Why all the fuss?” – Oregon Center for Public Policy

https://www.ocpp.org/2017/06/20/blog20170620-receipts-commercial-activities-tax/

Compare that to what that company’s employees are paying. The average individual taxpayer in Oregon pays 24 times that amount — $6 on every $100 of income — in personal income taxes. – See more at: https://www.ocpp.org/2017/06/20/blog20170620-receipts-commercial-activities-tax/#sthash.sLrJHBzS.dpuf

Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows – The Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-retains-assets-worth-at-least-14-billion-new-disclosure-shows/2017/06/16/c0bc4caa-52b9-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html?utm_term=.2ab9526f46c2

Trump’s business assets have been in a trust managed and controlled by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, as well as longtime Trump Organization executive Allen Weisselberg. Documents released in April show that Trump is the beneficiary of the trust and is allowed to draw money from it at any time.

Because the new disclosure includes a four-and-a-half-month period covered by his last report, it is difficult to precisely gauge whether revenue at Trump’s businesses has gone up or down. But the new report shows that his holdings generated nearly $600 million in gross revenue between January 2016 and mid-April of this year, with substantial sums coming from properties outside the United States and hotels that he has spotlighted as president.