Jan 24, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Elizabeth Warren set for "wealth tax" on richest Americans

Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is planning to propose a 2% "wealth tax" on Americans with more than $50 million in assets and a 3% tax on those with more than $1 billion, an economist advising the senator told the Washington Post.

The big picture: The proposal would raise $2.75 trillion from fewer than 0.1% of U.S. households over the course of a decade, according to University of California, Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez. Warren, who announced earlier this month that she would run for president in 2020, has sought to cast herself as a working-class populist, railing against "billionaires and big corporations" for their role in contributing to mass economic inequality.

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