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Wednesday, June 05, 2019 1:00 am

Warren to talk jobs, taxes in city visit

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is expected to talk tonight in Fort Wayne about policy proposals she says would help working families, according to MSNBC.

The cable TV network said in a news release that the Massachusetts senator will discuss “jobs and the future of American manufacturing, student debt, housing and her 'Ultra-Millionaire Tax'” during its nationally televised town hall at Bergstaff Place on East Washington Boulevard.

Warren has called for a 2% tax on household net worth of between $50 million and $1 billion, and an additional 1% tax on net worth exceeding $1 billion. She has said the tax would affect roughly 75,000 households, with the revenue going for “badly needed investments in rebuilding our middle class.”

MSNBC's Chris Hayes, host of the network's “All In” program, will moderate tonight's forum. The live broadcast will be from 8 to 9 p.m.

All the free tickets for the event were claimed within 15 minutes after online registration began last week, said Misti Meehan, chairwoman of the Allen County Democratic Party. The Bergstaff Place website says it has a capacity for 300 people, but Meehan said she had heard that 150 tickets were distributed.

She said the local party was not provided tickets and had no input in their distribution.

“Ultimately, all decisions were MSNBC's,” Meehan said in an email.

MSNBC has said that seating and vehicle parking will be on a “first-come, first-served basis.” Everybody attending will go through a security check.

Warren is among two dozen announced candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. She is the first Democratic candidate in this election cycle to make a public appearance in Fort Wayne.

One of her rivals for the nomination, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, participated in an MSNBC town hall Monday night in Fresno, California.

Other MSNBC town halls have featured Democratic presidential hopefuls California Sen. Kamala Harris, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

bfrancisco@jg.net