Justin Miller

 Justin Miller is a writing fellow for The American Prospect.

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By Blocking Medicaid, Brownback Shows There is No Limit to His Trickle-Down Folly

The Kansas governor—our Trickle Downer of the Week—vetoed Medicaid expansion legislation, capping his tenure with one more outburst of cruelty.

(Thad Allton/Topeka Capital-Journal via AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, right, along with Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer participates in a humanitarian award ceremony Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. K ansas Governor Sam Brownback can’t seem to take a hint. After six years of his using his state as a petri dish for trickle-down economic experiments—with deep tax cuts begetting even deeper budget cuts—he has sparked a political mutiny. In November, fed-up Kansans voted in a slew of moderate Republicans and Democrats to the legislature to serve as a check against the governor. The Dems and the mods have since formed a governing coalition that is rebelling against Brownback’s radical political agenda. On Tuesday, state senators passed legislation approving an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program through the ACA that would cover 150,000 previously ineligible low-income Kansans. But, on Thursday, Brownback vetoed the expansion, claiming it would be fiscally...

Trump Eviscerates Federal Contracting Rules

The president just repealed an Obama executive order to prevent bad employers from getting federal contracts. Next up? The rest of Obama’s labor rules.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Workers watch a christening ceremony at Bath Iron Works from the bow of the future USS Michael Monsoor in Bath, Maine. R epublicans may not be adept at health-care legislation, but they are proving themselves immensely skilled at dismantling labor protections. Using the Congressional Review Act, an obscure legislative tactic that allows Congress to repeal recently enacted regulations with a simple majority and could forbid future administrations from promulgating similar rules, Republicans are rapidly unraveling a series of President Obama’s pro-worker rules that enraged powerful business associations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. President Donald Trump is more than willing to facilitate the destruction of his predecessor’s legacy of worker protections. On Monday, behind closed doors and without his typical fanfare, Trump signed Congress’s repeal of Obama’s Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces executive order that would have mandated that companies with...

Mick Mulvaney: Trickle Downer of the Week

Trump’s budget chief is testing just how far one can go to peddle feed-the-rich economic policies. 

(AP/Andrew Harnik) Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speaks about President Donald Trump's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year during a daily press briefing at the White House. E veryone knew that Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, is a Tea Party darling and notorious budget deficit hawk. But in recent days, he’s exceeded expectations and proven himself to be one of the most radical members of the cabinet (and given this cabinet, that’s no small achievement). As he works to sell Trump’s draconian budget cuts and regulatory rollbacks, he’s pushing the limits of just how callous and illogical a politician can be in service of advancing trickle-down economics. He made a lot of hay last week in a press conference on Trump’s “skinny budget” proposal that calls for deep cuts to social service programs while bolstering military spending. Mulvaney justified proposed cuts to federal programs that provide food after school to low-income kids by saying...

Trump Costs Struggling Retirement Savers Billions of Dollars

The president’s fiduciary rule delay hurts future retirees and allows Wall Street to continue lining its pockets. 

(Photo: Shutterstock) A new report published by the Economic Policy Institute argues that the delay of a Department of Labor retirement savings account conflict-of-interest rule will hit average Americans hard. Less than 15 days into his term, President Donald Trump ordered the Department of Labor to delay the implementation of this provision for at least two months—a move that will cost middle-class retirees billions in savings while lining the pockets of Wall Street firms. The conflict-of-interest rule, also known as the fiduciary rule, is a new protection that requires retirement advisors to act in their clients’ best interests. For every seven days of delay, people saving for retirement stand to lose $431 million over the next 30 years, the report found. A full 60 days of delay will cost future retirees $3.7 billion. Each additional 30-day delay would cost an additional $1.85 billion. “People who have worked hard to save for retirement need and deserve this common sense protection...

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