(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 9, 2014
MAHWAH, NJ – Ramapo College Professor of Finance Dr. Murray Sabrin will moderate a symposium examining the Sixteenth Amendment “The Income Tax: Necessary Evil, or the Root of All Evil?” on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion on campus. The event is free, open to the general public and will be streamed live on the Internet. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. prior to the start of the panel discussion.
“Our panelists will present a wide range of opinions on current tax policy and present their proposed reforms or solutions in a lively and passionate discussion,” said Dr. Sabrin.
A panel of experts will examine income tax policy and proposals to revise the current system. Panel members will outline their respective positions. A question and answer period will follow. The panelists include:
- Jim Bennett is an attorney and spokesman for the Fair Tax Act. The Act is a bill before Congress whose ultimate goal is to phase out the Internal Revenue Service. Bennett holds a B.A. degree in history from Lafayette College and a J.D. from New York Law School. He is a proponent of the consumption tax.
- Constance Crawford, CPA, is a professor of accounting in the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College. She received her B.S. degree from Fordham University and an MBA from Iona College. She has published articles in multiple journals and her research interests include the Ethical Implications of taxation on Society and the Viability of Guest Worker Programs on U.S. Economy.
- Jacob Hornberger is the founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. The organization aims “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.” He received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute, his J.D. from the University of Texas and has authored or edited several books.
- Dan Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC and a leading advocate for a flat tax. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Economics from Georgia University and his Ph.D. from George Mason University. He served as an economist with the Heritage Foundation and director of tax and budget policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy.
- Steven Pressman is a professor of economics and finance at Monmouth University, North American Editor of the Review of Political Economy, Associate Editor of the Eastern Economic Journal, and Treasurer of the Eastern Economic Association. Pressman has published many articles and chapters on various aspects of tax policy.
For a complete description of the panelists and their bios, visit www.ramapo.edu/asb/tax-symposium/. To view the event live, visit www.ramapo.edu/live/.
About Ramapo College
Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.
Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.
Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels. Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market.
Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
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