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Anonymity Overdose - How our opioid crisis and shell companies are linked

Aug. 1, 2016 -- Opioid deaths now exceed those from motor vehicle accidents. It's clear we need to do more. Fair Share Education Fund's latest report, “Anonymity Overdose,” connects opioid trafficking and the subsequent crisis with the activities of anonymous shell companies – companies formed with no way of knowing who is actually in charge. Because they shield the owners from accountability, anonymous shell companies are a common tool for disguising criminal activity and laundering money, and are also at heart of the Panama Papers.

“Anonymity Overdose” found 10 case studies that show the

A step backward in the fight against child hunger

As it currently stands, the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization bill (HR 5003), significantly undermines progress in addressing the problem of childhood hunger in America.

When kids are hungry, they struggle to learn. When kids don't learn, they struggle in life. Still, 16 million American kids are at risk of going hungry every day. That’s 1 out of every 5 kids. We can and we must do better.

But the legislation the Education and Workforce advanced on May 18 will make the issue worse.

House moves to gut school lunch program

There are already enough bullies in the lunchroom.

Now some members of the U.S. House are effectively trying to take our kids' lunch money -- by putting forward a bill that guts school lunch programs.

We're calling on Rep. John Kline, the chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, to clean up this bill and protect our kids before it hits the House floor for a vote.

Tell Rep. Kline: A hungry kid can't focus, and can't learn. Help put our kids on the path to success. Please don't cut school lunch programs.

The House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill includes sneaky provisions that

New ITEP report: Immigration reform on local budgets

What impact would immigration reform have on the economy?

A new report from Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that, in additional tax revenue alone, local and state governments would see an additional $2.16 billion. This is just part of the economic benefits of immigration reform, which, in total, could add $1.5 trillion for our economy over 10 years.

The study accounted for local sales and excise taxes, property taxes, and incomes taxes, as well as the estimated potential wage boost and personal income tax compliance of undocumented immigrants. The report included a state by breakdown of how states could benefit from reform, which you can see below:

Real Tax Reform Should Close Offshoring Loopholes

The U.S. House held a hearing today about tax reform. Fair Share's signed on to a letter, via the FACT Coalition about what we think real reform is. Our priorities for tax reform are to make sure that every business plays by the same rules -- that large multinational compaies shouldn't be able to dodge taxes by hiding money overseas.

“Offshore loopholes and tax haven abuse cost U.S. taxpayers $150 billion per year,” explained Clark Gascoigne, Interim Director of the FACT Coalition, upon submitting the comments to the Committee.

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