‘Making America Work’ Means Confronting Race

At a panel on "The Next America," Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) perfectly demonstrated the primary barrier to bettering the economic situation of most racial and ethnic minorities in America.
Emily DiVito
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Panel Addresses Jobs And America’s Poverty Crisis

The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute began a two-day summit June 19 entitled "Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis." One panel focused on minimum wage policies and work-sharing.
Kitty Lan
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Want Transportation Funding? Close This Egregious Tax Loophole

A leading House Democrat says that making it harder for corporations to use overseas affiliates to avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes would help shore up a fund for transportation projects that's about to run dry.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Case For Making Federal Contract Jobs Good Jobs

President Obama could sign an executive order today that would help halt wage theft and place over 20 million Americans on a pathway to the middle class, according to a report by the think tank Demos.
Derek Pugh
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The May Jobs Report: The Unexceptional and Unacceptable Normal

Jobs were up 217,000, as predicted, a rate that won't reduce the nearly 20 million Americans in need of full-time work, and won't boost wages to meet the rising prices of necessities. It's a snapshot. But it isn't sunny.
Robert Borosage
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The Lousy Economy: Washington’s Partisan Failure

The economy's decline during the first three months of the year is the product of Republican obstruction of any measure that might put people to work, aided and abetted by Democratic absence from the battlefield.
Robert Borosage
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Who’s Fighting for Public Workers?

Somehow the right has managed to stigmatize public-sector jobs so effectively that only politicians of rare and admirable courage are willing to defend them. Those politicians seems to be in short supply.
Richard Eskow
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House Republicans Cue Up Another Tax Giveaway. Just Say No.

The House is about to get it all wrong in today's vote for a research and experimentation tax credit bill. Here's why the Campaign for America's Future has joined Americans for Tax Fairness in calling for a "no" vote.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Today’s Senate Minimum Wage Vote Is A Moral Litmus Test

Religious leaders "driven by Scripture’s repeated admonitions against exploiting and oppressing workers" remind us that the Senate vote on the minimum wage is not just a key vote politically.
Isaiah J. Poole
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Workers Demand To Be Heard Before Senate Minimum Wage Vote

The march to the Capitol was organized by National People’s Action, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It capped a week of "pro-equality populism"
Richard Long
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CEO Pay Soars As Worker Pay Stagnates

The AFL-CIO has released this year’s 2014 Executive PayWatch at www.PayWatch.org, a “comprehensive searchable online database tracking the excessive pay of CEOs of the nation’s largest companies.”

GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
Leo Gerard
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Citi to Help Unemployed Youth? Oh, The Irony!

If Citi and its peers hadn’t committed their fraud, America’s young people – along with millions of other Americans – wouldn’t need employment assistance today.
Richard Eskow
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Even As Jobs Numbers Seem Better…

Pay is really low, and employment practices make companies "look awesome on paper" even as they "wreak havoc on the lives and incomes of workers" as well as the overall economy.

Wage Theft Is Much More Common Than You Think

A recent poll found that nine out of ten fast-food workers report having wages stolen from them. Keep in mind that these are people already paid only at or near the way-too-low minimum wage. Here's what we can do.

The March Jobs Report: Nothing Moving

The March jobs report is more of the same. Slow growth, not nearly enough to make a dent in mass unemployment. Congress continues to dig potholes that slow growth. Americans are paying a harsh price for folly.
Robert Borosage
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Why We Need A 10.4 Million Jobs Plan

Creating jobs is our most immediate priority. We could create 4.6 million right away by passing the Progressive Caucus "Better Off Budget" and another 5.8 million by confronting currency manipulation.

House Democrats Attack “Fantasy Land” Ryan Budget

“This budget chooses to protect tax breaks and special interests at the expense of education, kids, the social safety net, and seniors,” said ranking Budget Committee member Chris Van Hollen.
Derek Pugh
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