By Mary Margaret Olohan
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled a plan Monday targeting corporations that pay CEOs much more than their workers.
The Vermont senator proposed that the government increase corporate tax rates on firms if the CEO earns more than 50 times what the average worker at the company earns, according to The Washington Post. Sanders’s plan would apply only to companies that make more than $100 million in revenue a year.
“The American people are sick and tired of corporate CEOs who now make 300 times more than their average employees, while they give themselves huge bonuses and cut back on the health care and pension benefits of their employees,” Sanders said in a statement, according to Politico. “It is time to send a message to corporate America: If you do not end your greed and corruption, we will end it for you.”
The disparity between CEO salaries and worker salaries CEOs are “a signal of a lot of what is wrong with this country,” Sanders said in a Sunday interview, WaPo reported.
“You have CEOs making 500 or 1,000 times more than the median income worker — that’s a signal of a lot of what is wrong in this country,” he said. “We want to make clear that’s bad policy, and we will impose taxes on the most egregious examples.”
“Let me be very clear: As president of the United States, I will reduce the outrageous and grotesque and immoral level of income and wealth inequality,” Sanders told The New York Times. “What we are trying to do is demand and implement a policy which significantly reduces income and wealth inequality in America by telling the wealthiest families in this country they cannot have so much wealth.”
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