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Streaming at 12:30: PERAB Meeting on Tax Reform
Posted by Austan Goolsbee
Today, the tax subgroup of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) will hold a meeting to gather ideas on tax reform. It will be the first of several such meetings. The meeting will center on tax simplification and will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
I wanted to take the opportunity to explain why we assembled this subgroup, what areas the PERAB tax reform subgroup will focus on and what it has been tasked to produce.
Tax reform is important to the President and a priority for many members of Congress. As the President said when he announced his international tax proposals in May, "It’s a down payment on the larger tax reform we need to make our tax system simpler and fairer and more efficient for individuals and corporations."
The Administration wanted a report on options for tax reform from an outside group so they asked the PERAB to take on the role. The PERAB is comprised of industry and labor representatives, and academic experts and is chaired by Paul Volcker. It is made up of voices from outside the government. The tax subgroup’s focus is on gathering as many ideas and options as possible and identifying the pros and cons of each option in three specific areas:
The materials gathered and compiled by the tax group will be presented to the full PERAB board and discussed at a future PERAB meeting. The final report that the board puts forward in December will not be a recommendation of a specific direction in tax policy. It will present a view of the pros and cons of different options. It will be an important step in the process of studying the many ways we can reform and improve our tax code.
It will not represent the view of the administration. The PERAB is an advisory group representing a wide range of viewpoints from outside the administration and we expect the options it presents to represent a range of views and opinions on tax reform.
Everyone knows that tax reform is a complicated undertaking. In preparation for this series of public meetings, the members of the tax subgroup have spent the last several months familiarizing themselves with the options already out there, through individual conversations with experts from academia and the tax field, members of Congress and members of the Administration.
The PERAB and the administration both want the public to provide their insight, ideas and comments to help educate the group and they invite anyone to visit the webpage and submit their own ideas or comment on other proposals. We will also post the tax presentations made by the attendees following the meeting.
I look forward to providing updates on future meetings and seeing the work on various tax reform options that comes out of the PERAB in December.
Austan Goolsbee is a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and the Council of Economic Advisers
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2009 AT 6:19 PM
Tax Reform Subcommittee Requests Ideas
Posted by PERAB Tax Reform Subcommittee
President Obama has asked the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) to develop options for tax reform. The members of the tax subcommittee are preparing ideas to be considered by the board and would like to give anyone a chance to have input into the process on this important issue. Anyone wanting to share ideas and opinions for consideration by the subcommittee can do so here. The deadline for submissions is October 15th, 2009.
Note: The mandate to the PERAB is NOT to recommend a new tax system. They are to consider ideas on tax simplification, better enforcement of tax law, and reforming corporate taxes and to present the pros and cons of potential tax options. They were instructed not to consider options that involve raising taxes on families making less than $250,000 per year. So be mindful of their constraints when submitting ideas.
In general, the tax subcommittee will post all comments online for others to examine and those suggestions may spur other people’s ideas. All statements, including attachments and other supporting materials, received are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. Please do not submit materials exceeding five single-spaced pages of text. If submitting via e-mail, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a cover sheet including the submitter’s name and organization, type of organization (individual, business, government, non-profit organization, or association), submission date, and contact information.
Thank you for your help.
iNDIGO PROjECT in partnership with CHALK4PEACE, Inc and the Mid City West Community Council is proud to announce our first event, CHALK4PEACE, which will be part of the Miracle Mile Art Walk on Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 3 – 7pm in the Bank of America parking lot, located at 466 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036. CHALK4PEACE is a worldwide chalk art project encouraging children at heart to express their thoughts on the theme of peace.
The event will include a Lemonade Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Stand hosted by Penmen Elite with donations benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation that seeks to find cures for cancer in children. And if you’re cleaning out your closet this summer, bring your shoes, clothing and books that will go towards Helping Others Worldwide foundation, who will ship the items to needy orphanages and impoverished families in Sierra Leone, Africa. We’re also collecting pet supplies that will go towards the animals affected by our local fires.
We will be entertaining all chalkers with special live musical guests including Drake Bell, The Deserters, Dirty Mercy, Klaus and Anne Montone. Yoga by Gurutej will be offered to give you a peaceful relaxation and the Green Truck will be parked near the lot selling delicious organic food. Water, chalk, treats and fun, fun, fun will be provided!
We hope to see you there!
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iNDIGO PROjECT, CHALK4PEACE, Inc., and Mid City West Community Council presents
CHALK4PEACE @ Miracle Mile Art walk
Let’s Chalk It Up to Peace!
Bank of America
466 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036
3-7 PM Saturday, September 12, 2009
CHALK4PEACE, a worldwide chalk art project now in its fourth year, puts chalk into the eager hands of children, and encourages them to express their thoughts on the theme of peace. Every September, across five continents and in over a hundred locations, each event invites all kids at heart to use their imagination to creatively convey the vision for a more peaceful planet. The Washington DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities commends the CHALK4PEACE project, which has been met with enthusiastic approval from many young artists who now look forward to doodling on pavements for all to see.
The event will include a Lemonade Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Stand hosted by Penmen Elite with donations benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation that seeks to find cures for cancer in children. And if you’re cleaning out your closet this summer, bring your shoes, clothing, and books that will go towards Helping Others Worldwide foundation, who will ship the items to needy orphanages in Sierra Leone, Africa. We will be entertaining all young chalkers with special live musical guests; including Drake Bell, The Deserters, Dirty Mercy and more. Yoga and crystal bowl healing by Gurutej will be offered to give you a peaceful relaxation. Water, chalk, treats and fun, fun, fun will be provided!
Arrive to the Miracle Mile Art Walk by Metro or DASH, and visit the participating galleries via the Holly Trolley, which runs the neighborhood starting at 4PM at La Brea and 1st Street for free! The night will continue on with some rocking after parties at various galleries providing free food, drinks, live music and Djs.
Miracle Mile Art Walk @ La Brea/Beverly Area Galleries:
Merry Karnowsky Gallery * Alitash Kebede Gallery * Iturralde Gallery * Fahey/Klein Gallery * DNJ Gallery * Verve Gallery * Couturier Gallery * Voila! Gallery * Jack Rutberg Fine Arts * Tobey C. Moss Gallery * Forum Gallery * Michael Kohn * DF2 Gallery * Richard Telles Gallery * Stephen Cohen Gallery * Photographers Gallery * Perrell Fine Art * The Loft at Liz’s
Across the nation – Los Angeles, San Francisco, DC, New Jersey, and New York City will each be hosting CHALK4PEACE gatherings on Saturday, September 12, 2009. Visit http://www.chalk4peace.org for more information about the organization and past events.
CHALK is the tool. PEACE is the focus. We hope you will support our youth and encourage them to express themselves through art.
In order to continue this movement, we need monetary donations to help us organize the event. Any donations should be made out to CHALK4PEACE, Inc. and include iNDIGO PROjECT in the memo field, ensuring that all funds be applied to the Los Angeles event.
Donate via website: (Please let us know if you’re donating, so that we get the funds, if we don’t know about it, it might not get to us, thank you)
Or send checks to:
P.O. Box 1082
Larkspur, CA 94977
Visit http://www.midcitywest.org to learn more about the Mid City Los Angeles Art Walk.
If you would like to volunteer at the event, please email email@example.com .
Saray Deiseil, Co-Founder, Executive Producer
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Helping Others Worldwide