Few things are as important as the careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The purpose of taxation is to invest in the common good - roads, bridges, transit systems, clean air & water, public education, utilities, scientific and medical research, public health & safety, and to provide care and dignity to our seniors through programs such as Social Security & Medicare. It is essential that the people and corporations who benefit most from these public goods, pay their fair share for them.
Celeste believes that rather than giving huge tax giveaways to billionaires and multinational corporations, we put money back into the pockets of hard working middle class families. All corporate tax changes should be tied directly to actions that benefit working people. Tax incentives should go only to companies that adequately compensate and insure their employees, protect the environment, and invest in the local economy - rather than to multinational corporations who ship jobs overseas and use tax refunds to give multi-million dollar bonuses to their CEOs.
Celeste supports tax reform that:
Makes everyone pay their fair share toward common benefits like roads, bridges, transit systems, clean air & water, public education, utilities, scientific and medical research, and public safety
Ensures Social Security and Medicare are protected
Reduces the tax burden on working people whose incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living by offering additional tax cuts for things like childcare expenses, commuting expenses, and higher education and job training
Provides sufficient funding for investments in scientific and technology research that will help our nation compete in the global economy
Offers incentives to companies that invest in local communities rather than ship jobs overseas
Rewards companies who reduce waste, carbon emissions, and protect our environment
Reduces our skyrocketing national debt