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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Burma Violence, Flu Season

Missoulian: S.Res.250 A resolution condemning horrific acts of violence against Burma's Rohingya population and calling on Aung San Suu Kyi to play an active role in ending this humanitarian tragedy.
UN Briefing, 9/25/17
“The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that the number of Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar and arrived in Bangladesh in the past month has reached 436,000.”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Zinke Monument Cuts, EPA Understaffed

EPA’s Distribution of Superfund Human Resources Does Not Support Current Regional Workload 
“Region 8 stated in its survey response that it had site work it could not start due to lack of FTEs at the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area NPL site in Butte, Montana. Specifically, work is currently delayed at the West Side Soils Operable Unit (OU13), which includes the mining-impacted areas in and around the city. For the site, potential health threats include direct contact with and ingestion of contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater; and inhaling contaminated soil.”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trump Tax Cuts

“Second, we will cut taxes tremendously for the middle class -- not just a little bit, but tremendously. That includes nearly doubling the standard deduction that most families take on their taxes, and increasing the child tax credit families really want, and we've talked about it for a long time.
Third, we will lower tax rates for businesses to create more jobs and higher wages for Americans. America has the highest business tax rate in anywhere in the developed world. We're the highest-taxed nation in the developed world, and I think in the undeveloped world too.”

International Comparisons of Corporate Income Tax Rates - Includes the Effective Corporate Tax Rate which is 18.6