The six-year surface transportation bill Congress is now hammering out contains both inadequate funding and bad policy. But there is an opportunity to boost a popular program that was a key tool in the 2009 stimulus.
A Pew Research Center survey released Monday is not surprising to those who have followed our Populist Majority polling monitoring project. It shows support for a progressive government, but distrust that it can work.
One of the remarkably few efforts to examine how welfare recipients actually fare once they get back into the workforce uncovers the inconvenient truth behind right-wing rhetoric about aid to low-income people.
An adverse ruling in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association "would undermine one of the most successful vehicles" for providing equal opportunity for American workers, rights organizations tell the Supreme Court.
Studies like the one done by two Princeton University professors on increasing mortality rates among whites are precisely why progressives need to unapologetically press the case for bold economic reforms.
Winning the Senate will take offering voters a progressive reform agenda, which Democracy Corps lays out in a strategy memo and Greenberg details in his latest book, "America Ascendant."
Where she stands on a bill that would give seniors the same raise that top CEOs have received would say a lot about where she stands on the larger question of expanding instead of cutting Social Security.
Lurking behind these numbers is the real danger that the Federal Reserve will join congressional Republicans in putting brakes on economic growth just as its benefits are beginning to reach the left behind.
The effort is now on to defeat this treaty in Congress, with labor, consumer, environmental and health care organizations united in their opposition based on the text released Thursday.
If worker advocates succeed in getting a county ordinance passed, Chicago businesses with low-paid workers would have to start shouldering the cost of the social services their employees are forced to rely on.
On Wednesday, Senate staffers made a point of showing that they understand what low-wage cafeteria workers are struggling with. A petition drive is ongoing to call for their right to collective bargaining.
"This would be good chance tonight to remind insider Washington, you are wrong," the Massachusetts senator said in her acceptance speech at CAF's Awards Gala, where she received the organization's Progressive Champion Award.
Lewiston, Maine is getting national attention because of its bombastic, conservative mayor. His opponent aims to show the nation that a progressive populist can win in what looks like hostile territory.
Scott Wallace of the Wallace Global Fund, who will be honored at the Campaign for America's Future 2015 Awards Gala, explains his success in driving the global conversation on climate change.
The difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on protecting Social Security is concerning a lot of people who are fighting to strengthen the program.
A letter to Congress counters the argument that corporations are being harmed by the current corporate tax code and that the remedy is a change to a "territorial" tax regime.
The driving motivation of a bill with the innocuous title of the ""Financial Product Safety Commission Act" is not "financial product safety," but the crippling of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The surprisingly disappointing September unemployment report should break once and for all two illusions about our ability to sustain a robust economy, and give us an opportunity to change the conservation.
The tax plan from Donald Trump is a big deal, but not nearly as big a deal as it would be for people in the top 1 percent, who would get a tax break averaging $184,000 a year under his plan.
Is 5.1 percent unemployment about as good as it will ever get? Two researchers at the Atlanta Fed propose another measure of the job market that suggests we still have a ways to go.
The Federal Reserve took off the table the immediate fear that a rate hike would set in motion a slowing down of economic growth. But there's a longer-term issue of reclaiming the definition of "full employment"
The progressive presidential candidate went to a pillar of the religious right – Liberty University – and highlighted the immorality of income inequality and the rigged economy that produced it.
Of all of the presidential candidates, none are in a better position to understand the role for-profit colleges play in driving student debt upward than Donald Trump.
The tax plan the Republican candidate has released this week shows he is as wedded to failed conservative economic orthodoxy as his relatives and the rest of the Republican political leadership.
A petition launched today says that if the online retailer "is really trying to be 'mindful, transparent, and humane,' it must pay its fair share of taxes at home."
Talk radio host Rick Smith took a "People's Tour" of the South this summer to revisit some of the sites where the fights for racial equality and economic justice intersected.
Attacks from the right on the ability of workers to organize are a fundamental factor in the national debate we should be having over income inequality and how to address it.
Worker productivity in the second quarter of 2015 was better than expected, according to data released today, but a report underscores how little of the gains are shared by productive workers.
Business lobbying organizations like the National Retail Federation had been lobbying fiercely to get the Department of Labor to extend the comment period beyond Friday. They failed.
Weeks after a top White House official said no "serious economist" would consider 4 percent annual growth "within the realm of possibility," we almost reached that during one quarter. What do we say now?
Etsy is certified as a socially responsible retailer and markets itself that way, but that is belied by its use of an Irish subsidiary through which it can avoid paying taxes on its profits.
The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
We are continuing to reap the consequences of the conservative obstruction in Congress that has blocked the critical policies we need for real job growth and robust recovery.
The people who will stand on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage in Ohio are among those who are leading the wrecking crew trying to demolish a signature civil rights achievement.
"If you have political connections, now is the time to use them," says Joe Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund, as he talks about how to push back against a multimillion-dollar effort to block the Iran agreement.
A new generation of activists have sharpened the view of the threshold candidates must cross to earn the vote of African Americans, and once again Republican candidates are showing themselves incapable of rising to the challenge.
"The proposal appears to fail two principles of corporate tax reform," says a letter authored by Americans for Tax Fairness: It would not increase revenue and it would encourage more shifting of jobs and profits offshore.
This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.