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Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 2, 2017

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This Week's Action Items

#1: HELP PROVIDE FAMILY EMERGENCY FUNDS
The campaign goal of raising $5,000 is in sight and you can help push it over the top. You can donate towards an emergency fund to assist undocumented residents of Talbot County who are facing potential deportation.  The funds donated will be able to provide  essential resources to a family that desperately needs a legal consultation at $100 to $300, transportation to Snow Hill which can cost $50 to $100, phone cards and money to send to the inmate family member, secure food resources and rent or utility payments and any other issues that arise to assist the family in crisis. Assist the effort by going to the project page for the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center at GoFundMe.

#2: SUPPORT CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE
At the end of September, Congress allowed the CHIP insurance program that helps kids expire. That happened despite a bipartisan deal to continue the program, which was derailed by the unending efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act. But it means big trouble for children in the states, including Maryland, which depend on it. Call Gov. Larry Hogan's office to make sure the state fully funds the program until Washington takes action. His number: 410-974-3901.

#3: VOLUNTEER!
Sign up for a Talbot Rising committee so you can help take action on the environment, education, electoral issues or whatever topic matters to you. See the bottom of this email newsletter for ways to get involved.

Events Rising

Oct. 7 - SCAVENGER HUNT FOR HEALTHCARE
Details: Two events from Progressive Maryland
at the Lawyers' Mall in Annapolis
6 to 6:30 pm -- "Scavenger Hunt: Where Are Their Spines?" 
Once we find our elected officials' spines and other items, like bags of Koch cash and checks for millionaires, we will deliver them to their rightful owners!
 
6:30 - 7:30pm
“The World As It Should Be!”
A Rally Demanding Healthcare Solutions
After the scavenger hunt, we will hold a rally with speakers letting us know how important our advocacy in these times related to healthcare for ourselves, our friends and family.

Oct. 9 - CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR
Details:  7:30 pm, Silver Spring Civic Building
You can attend the Progressive Neighbors' Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates for the 2018 election. Guests: Rushern Baker, Alec Ross, Ben Jealous (invited), Jim Shea,  Kevin Kamenetz (invited), Krishani Viganarajah,
Rich Madaleno. Doors open at 7 pm.

Oct. 21 - FROLICK FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE
Details: 10 am to 1 pm, Maryland Renaissance Festival,
1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis
Participate in the Guaranteed Healthcare Campaign at the festival.

Rep. Andy Harris says he supports President Trump's tax cut plan during remarks on the House floor Sept. 28.

- News and Updates -

HERE'S THE NEXT BIG FIGHT: TAX REFORM
 Rep. Andy Harris came out fully in support of President Trump's tax cut plan last week, even though analysts show the biggest benefits going to wealthy taxpayers and companies. The proposed measure would cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, eliminate the federal inheritance tax, that now applies only to estates worth about $5 million, and eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, which makes sure that many upper-income people can't escape paying taxes through loopholes. Harris says "It's going to increase the number of jobs that come to the eastern shore, it's going to attract companies to the lower shore especially," 
But Senator Chris Van Hollen says this would hurt the shore, as a form of trickle down economics increasing the national debt by $3 trillion to $4 trillion over the next 10 years.
In fact the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget says that businesses will get a net tax cut of $2.5 trillion over a 10-year term while individuals will get a $300 billion net tax increase. 

*** MARYLAND AG SUES OVER EPA RULES
Attorney General Brian Frosh filed papers supporting a case against loosening rules that could allow more pollutants. The suit he is joining with other states and companies seeks a rehearing of a case that allows hydrofluorocarbons to be used as refrigerants in cooling equipment. The agency under the previous administration had blocked their use because of damage to the ozone layer.

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