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3 Charts Showing How Middle-Class Incomes Continue to Stagnate While Overall Inequality Grows

JobsThese three charts present today’s new Census figures in a historical context and illustrate how the middle class has struggled to make headway in an increasingly unequal economy.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Latest Census Data Underscore How Important Unions Are for the Middle Class

Fast-food workers' strikeThe decline of labor unions is an often-overlooked factor in the decreasing share of national income going to the middle class.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

American Retirement Savings Could Be Much Better

book_alt2 icon Report The creation of a SAFE Retirement Plan would significantly improve our private-sector retirement system by better handling the risks and costs
 of retirement compared to the typical and perfect-world 401(k) plan.

By Rowland Davis and David Madland | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Need for Transparency in Detroit

Kevyn OrrDetroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr should immediately make public the methods that he and his actuaries are using to claim that the city’s pension funds are in dire condition.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, August 15, 2013

Senate Republicans May Allow Workers’ Rights to Disappear

If the Senate fails to act soon to approve the president’s five bipartisan National Labor Relations Board nominees, many workplace protections could functionally disappear in August.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education

President Obama Ohio StateThe rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny

President Barack ObamaThere are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Growing the Wealth

Jeff Smisek with Continental Airlines employees book_alt2 icon Report Inclusive capitalism, when implemented correctly, can begin to address some of the fundamental problems with our economy while simultaneously improving workers’ well-being and the performance of businesses.

By David Madland and Karla Walter | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Middle-class familyState governments have a tremendous responsibility to help restore the promise of the American Dream, and can be part of the solution to rebuild a strong and growing middle class.

By Karla Walter, Tom Hucker, and David Madland, with Nick Bunker and David Sanchez | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Legal Status for Undocumented Workers Is Good for American Workers

Immigration reform activistsStudies show that providing legal status to undocumented immigrants will increase wages for American workers.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust

David Madland discusses the Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program before the Maryland House of Delegates.

By David Madland | Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 or $9 an Hour?

David Madland argues for raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

By David Madland | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Women and Families Would Be the Lead Recipients of a Minimum-Wage Boost

President Obama delivers his State of the Union addressIncreasing the minimum wage for all workers—particularly women who are the majority of low-paid workers—will markedly improve life for struggling American families.

By Tara McGuinness, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

Indiana union protestWe should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.

By David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Job Growth Is Too Fragile for Additional Austerity

Construction worker working on a house in CaliforniaThe country is moving forward and creating jobs, but now is not the time for additional austerity, as the economy is in no shape for such a beating.

By David Madland | Friday, January 4, 2013