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Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River Basin

article icon Issue Brief Why the federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue and pollution costs.

By Nidhi Thakar and Michael Madowitz | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Job seekers wait in a line at a job fair in Southfield, Michigan.

July 2014

article icon Issue Brief Despite an improving labor market, Congress needs to do more to create opportunity for all American families.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Thursday, July 24, 2014

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The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America

bars icon Charts The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American businesses, workers, and the U.S. economy as a whole.

By Sarah Ayres and Ethan Gurwitz | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Navigator Mary Bennett, left, helps Min Lians, who is seeking help buying health insurance

The New Budget Outlook Shows that Austerity Makes No Sense

bars icon Charts Unnecessary short-term spending cuts to solve a nonexistent debt crisis have caused measurable economic damage.

By Harry Stein and Adam Hersh | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Unbundling ‘Too Big to Fail’

book_alt2 icon Report To make progress in debates on financial reform, we need to understand the varied concerns underlying too big to fail and tailor solutions to the problems.

By Ganesh Sitaraman | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Leaders of the BRICS countries meet in Russia

What to Watch at the BRICS Summit in Brazil

The meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa this week highlights the potentially positive role the group could play in revitalizing the global system of partnerships and alliances to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

By Molly Elgin-Cossart | Monday, July 14, 2014

President Barack Obama talks with electrical apprenticeship instructor Tim Wisyanski

The Bottom Line: Apprenticeships are Good for Business

Here are the top five ways American companies can benefit from hiring an apprentice.

By Sarah Ayres and Ben Schwartz | Monday, July 14, 2014

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Switching from a Gas Tax to a Mileage-Based User Fee

book_alt2 icon Report The insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund threatens federal transportation programs. Implementing a mileage fee would provide robust funding for decades to come.

By Kevin DeGood and Michael Madowitz | Friday, July 11, 2014

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Encouraging Responsible Credit for Financially Vulnerable Consumers

book_alt2 icon Report Through stronger laws and enforcement, as well as the encouragement of better alternatives, policymakers can reduce debt traps in short-term lending.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, July 10, 2014

President Obama visits a tech start up

With Job Growth Accelerating and Unemployment Falling, the Labor Market is Looking More Robust

June was perhaps the best month for the labor market since the recession and caps off a stronger first half of 2014. With 9.5 million Americans looking for work, we will need more months like this to get our economy back to where it belongs.

By Michael Madowitz | Thursday, July 3, 2014

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Policies States Can Enact to Promote Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a time-tested worker-training model that is gaining traction as a possible solution to America’s workforce challenges. Here are some steps that states can take to expand apprenticeships.

By Sarah Ayres, Ethan Gurwitz, and Ben Schwartz | Monday, June 30, 2014

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