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Economy: Archives

February 2014

article icon Issue Brief In the fifth year of recovery, policymakers must create an economy that works for everyone.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Thursday, February 27, 2014

When Wall Street Buys Main Street

book_alt2 icon Report Single-family rental securitization needs to be managed responsibly in order to protect consumer interests.

By Sarah Edelman, with Julia Gordon and David Sanchez | Thursday, February 27, 2014

Understanding the Highway Trust Fund and the Perils of Inaction

article icon Fact Sheet Congress must act soon to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent. Failure to address the impending shortfall will result in a substantial cut to highway and public transportation programs during the heart of construction season.

By Kevin DeGood | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Evidence Shows Increasing the Minimum Wage Is No Threat to Employment

Historical experience and academic studies show that raising the minimum wage does not harm the economy, even when unemployment is high.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Misguided Transportation Policy: For Sen. Lee, Ideology Trumps What’s Best for Utah

UtahUtah Sen. Mike Lee (R) has proposed legislation that would effectively end the federal government’s role in surface transportation policy and cause economic harm.

By Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds in the United States

Nurse and child article icon Fact Sheet Through social impact bonds, the government can pay for programs that deliver results.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

public transit book_alt2 icon Report To address metropolitan congestion—our most pressing transportation challenge—we need to adopt performance management, increase competition for federal funds, and reform transportation governance.

By Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Improving Metropolitan Mobility

article icon Fact Sheet With MAP-21 set to expire in September, Congress must find new revenues and focus policies on improving metropolitan mobility through balanced investments.

By Kevin DeGood | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Crushing Cost of Climate Change: Why We Must Rethink America’s Infrastructure Investments

Infrastructure, Superstorm SandyChanging our approach to investing in our nation’s infrastructure will help strengthen it and the economy in the face of more frequent extreme weather events.

By Cathleen Kelly and Fran Sussman | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cities at Work: Progressive Local Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Local governments need to take bold action to restore the middle class and ensure more access to it. Cities are an important and unique solution to many social problems.

By Joel Rogers and Satya Rhodes-Conway | Thursday, February 6, 2014

Family Matters

Man with wheelchair article icon Issue Brief Supporting caregivers through paid family leave and flexible hours will go a long way toward recognizing our invaluable informal care community and increasing cost savings for taxpayers.

By Sarah Jane Glynn and Jane Farrell | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stable Economic Footing Should Focus Agenda on Inclusive Prosperity

Minimum wage demonstrationStrengthening the middle class is key to growth and competitiveness.

By Adam Hersh | Thursday, January 30, 2014

Polling Shows Americans Want Retirement Policy Reform

Polling indicates that Americans are worried about their ability to retire and want policymakers to take action.

By David Madland and Keith Miller | Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Step in the Right Direction on Retirement

RetireesPresident Barack Obama’s MyRA plan is a start, but Congress should do more.

By Joe Valenti and David Madland | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

6 Policies to Combat Inequality

Labor marketSix common-sense policies could help roll back economic inequality in America.

By Ben Olinsky | Tuesday, January 28, 2014