Here’s episode 72 of Michigan’s Premier Progressive Podcast!
In my opening segment this week, I talk about the appalling and Islamophobic Wall Street Journal column declaring Dearborn, MI as the “America’s Jihad Capital.” Islamophobia within the right wing world never left, and it’s putting lives in danger. I then cover some of the many new laws scheduled to go into effect in the state on February 13th, including the repeal of the anti-union “Right To Work (For Less) law, expanded voting rights, expanded LGBTQ+ rights, and an expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.
Again, these laws passed thanks to progressive Democrats in the state legislature.
Then, Dr. April Zeoli joins me to discuss some of the state’s new gun safety laws that will also go into effect on Feb. 13th. Dr. Zeoli is the Policy Core Director for the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at The University of Michigan. She has spent years researching policies designed to decrease gun violence on the state-level, particularly in areas of interpersonal firearm violence.
I conclude the episode by explaining how the Inflation Reduction Act, which congressional Democrats passed and President Biden signed into law in 2021, is already having a huge impact on tax cheats. Thanks to additional funding for the IRS as part of the IRA, the IRS will collect $561 billion dollars from rich tax cheaters. And of course, Republicans are trying to strip that funding away from the IRS!
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Dr. April Zeoli–Policy Core Director for the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at The University of Michigan
“Supreme Court weighing constitutionality of federal law that bars domestic abusers from possessing guns.” By Vice President of Communications at The University of Michigan
“Gun reform, tax cuts among dozens of Michigan laws taking effect in February.” By Laura Gibbons of Bridge Michigan
“Jennifer Crumbley found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Oxford High School shooting.” By Anna Liz Nichols of Michigan Advance
“Whitmer signs ‘red flag’ gun safety bills.” By Ken Coleman of Michigan Advance
“How charging parents in a school shooting could change the conversation.” By Chelsea Sheasley of The Christian Science Monitor
“I think I know when the tide turned against Jennifer Crumbley | Opinion.” By Nancy Kaffer of The Detroit Free Press
“Supreme Court leans toward upholding law that bars those accused of domestic violence from having firearms.” By Lawrence Hurley of NBC News
“Nessel talks new gun laws, shares additional proposals to prevent gun violence.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance
“Michigan lawmakers attend White House event centered on gun violence responses.” By Kyle Davidson of Michigan Advance
“Whitmer: 700k Michigan households will get tax refund checks starting in February.” By Jon King of Michigan Advance
“IRS says it will collect $560 billion more from rich tax cheats thanks to Inflation Reduction Act.” By Fatima Hussein and The Associated Press (via Fortune)
“Opinion | Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital.” By Steven Stalinksy of The Wall Street Journal (via Microsoft)