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Op/Ed: Look to the Democratic Left for Rethinking of Taxing, Spending Policies

Education Policy Professor Advocates for Modern “New Deal,” Expanded Government Role

By Steven J. Klees

Candidates at Democratic debate

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Democratic presidential candidates former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (left), entrepreneur Andrew Yang, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., stand onstage on the second night of the Democratic primary debate in Miami last month.

We need a revolution in government taxing and spending, says Steven J. Klees, an economist and professor in the College of Education.

In an op/ed published today in The Baltimore Sun, he argues that relying on the market to solve our nation’s problems—including health care, infrastructure and poverty—has failed. Instead, he suggests that a shift of the Democratic Party to the left could lead to higher taxing of the very rich that would cover the costs of solutions. Read his essay here.



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