Food and Water Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to support H.R. 5609, the WATER Act. What would the WATER Act do? The WATER Act would fund improvements in clean water infrastructure with a 3.5 percentage-point increase in the corporate income tax. You and I would probably jack up the corporate tax rate a lot more than 3.5 points, but at least no one could reasonably ask where we're going to get the money. Really, though, no one should be asking that anyway -- clean water is the bedrock upon which a civilized society stays healthy. And that money we'd "save" in (for example) not getting rid of lead pipes and not updating water well systems in rural areas? We'd lose all of that, and more, in rising health care costs when folks can't drink or wash in clean water. And here you thought planning for the future was a conservative value! Sadly, today's "conservatives" only seem to care about what makes some crony unearned cash.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania workers, take note: payday lending is (praise the Lord!) illegal in Pennsylvania, but Pennsylvania state pension funds still invest in payday lending operations in other states where it's still legal. Payday lenders, as you know, prey on poor working families in need of a quick influx of cash, trapping them in three-digit loans that all too frequently roll over automatically so that folks can't dig out fast enough. That sure doesn't sound like the kind of thing you'd like to make your retirement money off of, does it? Don't fall for fund managers telling you that they just can't make money for you unless they invest in payday lenders, because that's what? A hostage situation, folks -- don't make me invest in people who conduct their business morally, or your retirement gets it! So Penn PIRG helps you tell state pension boards to divest from payday lenders.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our National Labor Relations Board to stop trying to weaken the joint-employer standard, then the National Employment Law Project (among others) still helps you do that. Our NLRB strengthened the joint-employer standard in 2015, quite reasonably surmising that corporations were using franchise arrangements to avoid accountability when they hurt their workers. But it's even worse than that: too many large corporations hire workers through employment agencies, mistreat them, and then try to claim that they need to redress grievances through their employment agencies! Naturally, right-wingers call the strengthened joint-employer standard an "attack on small businesses," though it's obviously aimed at large corporations hiding behind small businesses. If you get as tired of that bald lie as I do, then you know what to do.