The public would have to be persuaded that the increased taxes they’d be paying would help finance a better economic future for the state.
Numerous polls and that study from the Kellogg Foundation (which Luke also wrote a great article about here, go read) show that the public already "gets it". It's not the public that necessarily needs convincing, it's the obstructionist Republicans and the dithering Democrats that need to step up to the plate and start putting this in motion.
Noel Cuellar runs Primera Plastics, a Zeeland-based injection molding company that makes pieces for the auto and furniture industries. His business is up, thanks partly to opportunity created because other auto suppliers failed. But he can't find banks to lend him the money to expand -- a complaint heard by small businesses across the country.
"If money wasn't an issue, I could add 30 people," he said. "How do you tactfully tell a customer 'no' and still stay in the game?"
A bill introduced in the US House would tax excessive Wall Street bonuses at those firms that received TARP money, and redirect that revenue to the Small Business Administration for a temporary program that would offer low-interest loans to companies that are having a hard time getting a line of credit. Sounds like a plan. How soon can it happen?
If you are looking to donate - check the new diary at Kos for a list of organizations that could use your help, or, take a look around your local community. Many civic groups are coming together with efforts to send money, items, and personnel, and if you're not comfortable with the online stuff, there is probably a local group that could use your time and/or donations. Give what you can.