so according to the politico, “Big Labor” (and “the Greens”) have enjoyed a great, great legislative session:
“In the Senate, we would like to see a greater focus on the differences between the parties,” said Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL-CIO. “One way to highlight those differences is to force Republicans to filibuster bills.”
Labor also managed to push the issue of taxation of private equity onto the agenda and the front pages.
The House passed a bill that more than doubled the tax rate paid by private equity, hedge fund, real estate and venture capital executives.
The proposal died in the Senate but will come back next year as part of a massive tax package sponsored by House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.).
Some union organizers even count the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, failed legislation increasing the number of low-income children covered by government-funded health coverage, as a long-term victory.