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.
September 24, 2014
Triple Pundit
As citizens and world leaders converge on New York City seeking a way to address climate change, across the U.S. tens of millions are also out of work. The political challenge of achieving a climate policy consensus is hard. There is no broad agreement that the U.S. even has a climate problem. But...
September 1, 2014
LinkedIn Influencer
Editor's Note:  In this blog post Get America Working's Senior Economic Adviser makes the case for increasing working American's wages by giving them a rebate against their payroll taxes -- a measure that would also boost job creation.  Today marks 120 years of celebrating Labor Day as a...
July 24, 2014
Editor's Note - We would note that many Americans laid off in the Great Recession who were eligible for Social Security took that "retirement" as a lifeline, not a preference for not working. So, the number of of adults not working or looking for work is worse than even this article assumes. In...

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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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