(The following was sampled from The Huffington Post.)
The House Democratic Party leadership made a remarkable step forward last week in putting out a proposal for a financial transactions tax (FTT). There has long been interest in financial transactions taxes among progressive Democrats. The list of people who have proposed financial transactions taxes over the years includes Representatives Peter DeFazio and Keith Ellison, along with Senators Tom Harkin and Bernie Sanders. But the proposal last week came from Representative Chris Van Hollen, who is part of the party’s leadership. And Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi indicated that she also supports the proposal. This means that financial transactions taxes are now part of the national debate on tax and financial policy. And there should be no mistake; this is a really big deal for the financial industry.