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.
February 13, 2015
National Review
   Conservatives are having a healthy debate about the design of an effective and appealing tax-reform program. Republican senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have proposed a sweeping plan that is the focal point of the discussion.  Link to full article.
January 8, 2015
Washington Post
Editor's note:  In this article Charles Krauthammer, a conservative concerned about US reliance on imported oil, makes the case for a gas tax increase to be used to cut payroll taxes. He notes,  "It’s win-win. Employment taxes are a drag on job creation. Reducing them not only promotes...
January 7, 2015
CSR Wire
Editor's note:  In this article, economist and journalist Hazel Henderson points out the diverse political forces that "want taxes shifted away from incomes and payrolls to all kinds of pollution and other activities harming human health and community wellbeing." The incoming Republican...

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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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