Get America Working

Get America Working! is a non-profit national organization whose mission is to create 40 million jobs through structural changes in the U.S. economy.

Job Creation Tax Options - Summary

The GAW! study of job-creating tax options, including 26 available alternative taxes and tax expenditure reductions that offer a wide range of political choice and could be used to pay for payroll tax cuts, enabling elimination of payroll taxation without losing revenue. At modest rates, these alternatives could generate about twice the revenue currently generated by payroll taxes.

Engage People, Retire Things

Bill Drayton argues we don't have to choose between going off the debt cliff or accepting sky-high structural unemployment. Payroll tax shifting offers another choice: to create the jobs we need now without increasing taxes, debt or deficits.

Creating jobs is critical to the fight against climate change

To learn why creating jobs -- and not only green jobs -- is critical to the fight against climate change, see Bill Drayton's Huffington Post blog and this MIT Press Innovations Journal article.

The New Yorker on GAW!'s proposal

Hendrik Hertzberg's commentary focuses on GAW!'s proposal for cutting payroll taxes and replacing the revenue with taxes on "things that, unlike jobs, we want less rather than more of" such as pollution and energy waste. Of GAW!'s advocacy over the past 20 years, he writes, "It’s ambitious, it jumbles ideological and partisan preconceptions, and it represents the kind of change that great crises open political space for.
March 18, 2014
New York Times
Editor's Note: In this piece Mr. Frieman suggests a revenue neutral tax shift -- imposing a tax on carbon to reduce payroll or corporate taxes -- as part of a clean energy strategy. We would note that this shift with a payroll tax offset is also a job creation strategy. There are a lot of people...
March 11, 2014
LinkedIn Influencer
What would you do as a leader if the costs of your workforce went down 17 percent? And if, at the same time, the cost of all your other inputs (energy, materials, land, pollution) went up by roughly the same amount? Together these two shifts would change the relative price of people versus things,...
February 27, 2014
Washington Examiner
 When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney infamously wrote off much of the electorate at a 2012 fundraising event, he argued that, “47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect.” Given that attitude, it isn't...

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November 17, 2009
"Engage People, Retire Things" Explains the Connection Between Unemployment and Climate Change, and How to Get the Jobs/Climate Synergy Working Positively William Drayton, board chair of the fuller employment policy group Get America Working!, and founder and CEO of...

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