The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken, a new report concludes, and other countries may have lessons for us to learn.
African Americans still can't fully breathe in America under the smog of racism. It permeates our institutions and inhibits the ability of all of us to breathe. We may not all recognize it, but this is poisoning us all.
Workers in as many as 190 cities around the country are expected on Thursday to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage, building on the foundation of the fast-food strikes of the past year.
The Social Security Disability Insurance fund will need to be replenished before then end of 2016. Will Republicans have the governance capacity to make a small adjustment to extend the life of the program?
The major tax break that was about to be left off the "make permanent" list in the "tax extenders" bill President Obama threatened to veto last week – the Earned Income Tax Credit – disproportionately benefits rural families.
Public opinion right now actually is tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this weekend as Hillary Clinton was advocating a cautious brand of populism in New York City.
With a new book and lessons from the Senate race in North Carolina, Rev. William Barber II is undaunted in his effort to build the Moral Monday movement that shook the state's political establishment.
The New York City mayor offers a blunt critique of the midterm elections and shows how cities can set the pace for a progressive transformation of our national politics.
Walmart avoids paying on average $1 billion a year in federal taxes through aggressively exploiting tax loopholes, according to a report released today by Americans for Tax Fairness.
Why do private equity companies want to tap 401(k) accounts? Economist Eileen Appelbaum of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains what's behind this recent development.
It pays to remember the work Congress is not doing to ensure corporations pay their fair share of taxes. Some of the consequences are laid out in a report on CEO compensation and corporate taxes released today.
There is a demand in the electorate for candidates who are advancing populist themes, said the woman who challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo from the left earlier this year.
The 2014 election results reveal a failure of Democrats to speak to the progressive populism latent in the American electorate. But there is one sign that this mistake won't be repeated in the next election cycle.
Job growth prompts optimistic headlines, but remains well under the rate of growth we really need to make workers whole after the damage done by the 2008 recession.
Stan Greenberg still sees a way for Democrats to have a good outcome Tuesday – and it's through the party's base in the "rising American electorate." But to get there, Dems will have to pivot to a more populist message.
Voters are rendering a harsh judgement against seven Republican governors running for re-election because the economic prosperity that was supposed to follow their trickle-down economic policies is only a trickle.
Economist Emmanuel Saez's latest paper says that the share of wealth going to the bottom 90 percent has fallen to where it was in the 1940s, while the top tenth of 1 percent have levels of wealth last seen in the 1920s.
Walmart is reaping the fruits of its leadership in the low-wage economy. It would do better if it did right by its workers, some of whom went to its family foundation office in D.C. to demand full-time work and a $15 wage.
It's probably unrealistic to expect that Congress would drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase. But unrealistic is not the same as unreasonable.
Conservatives have repeatedly told us that cutting federal spending, and reducing deficits, would unleash economic growth and create jobs. Instead, what we have to show for it is a languid economy at best.
For every job opening in August, on average, there were two jobseekers. It's one more sign that the job shortage should still dominate the national political debate.
The founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is on the front lines with restaurant workers, highlighting their plight and giving them a voice to challenge the National Restaurant Association.
The head of AFSCME is being honored for going beyond being a fierce defender of public employees to being an effective coalition-builder in the larger fight for the dignity of all working people.
A campaign by National People's Action is mobilizing grassroots political support for robust Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rules that will rein in the payday lending industry, in anticipation of well-funded pushback.
Two "inflation hawks" on the Federal Reserve's open market committee, Charles Plosser and Richard Fisher, will step down from the board in early 2015. That's a chance for working people to have their own representatives.
Getting out the vote in African-American communities is important, but that effort needs to be supported by policies that communities can support to close the persistent wealth gap between black and white people.
The only way to deal with candidates who won't let the facts get in the way of a smarmy campaign ad is to speak the truth with boldness, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren does: "Social Security needs to be expanded."
A lot of eyes will be on the Federal Reserve Friday when the Labor Department releases its August unemployment statistics. Meanwhile, the fight to keep the Fed's eyes focused on unemployment is preparing for its next phase.
Ferguson, Mo., is actually a much better place from which to understand the consequences of the past six years of economic policies. Ferguson residents would tell them that they need a full-employment economy.
The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary underscores the penalty millions of workers are paying for the right-wing's sabotaging of the economic recovery.
A student trying to save for tuition at an acting school works at a restaurant that pays her $2.77 an hour – so she's trying to earn enough in tips to cover the cost. Consider what's wrong with this picture.
Two University of Delaware economists looked at the 13 states that have raised their minimum wage and actually found that the job prospects of low-skilled workers in those states improved slightly.
The inflation bogeyman is nowhere to be found, and the real thing that we should be fearing is the damage being caused by an economy with a labor market that has been too slack for too long.
Conclusions by the New York Times' Neil Irwin about the reasons the economy "keeps underperforming" tie directly to what we've been saying about conservatives sabotaging the economy.
This is as sharp as dividing lines get. Should the power of the federal government be used to elevate worker wages or drive them down? It is not just an economic or political question; it is also a moral one.
An Illinois company is considering a combination with the French corporation that is the home of Dannon yogurt in the latest example of a corporate "inversion" designed to lower its U.S. tax bill.
The aims of Rep. Paul Ryan's latest antipoverty vision sound noble. But the core of his proposal has a fundamental flaw: Block grants to states have proven ill-suited to the task of reducing poverty.
Democracy Corps' latest memo says that Democrats are "underperforming" with single women, but can win them back by "engaging in a populist economic debate ... with a strong emphasis on women’s issues."
As is usually the case with the conservative extremists who dominate the House, when it says it is about to "improve" something, that's the signal that for a lot of struggling families, things are actually about to get worse.
As a "Live the Wage Challenge" highlights the struggle of living on the minimum wage, a campaign is beginning around legislation to curb work schedule abuses that make life even harder for low-wage workers.