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Bad Policy Choices, Not Bad Weather, Restraining Job Growth

Winter weatherReauthorizing emergency unemployment benefits can stabilize families and jobs.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, March 7, 2014

Improving the Earned Income Tax Credit to Better Serve Childless Adults

article icon Issue Brief President Obama’s new proposal to reform the Earned Income Tax Credit is a step in the right direction.

By Katie Wright | Friday, March 7, 2014

China’s State-Owned Enterprises and Nonmarket Economics

Adam HershAdam Hersh, Senior Economist at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

By Adam Hersh | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Infographic: Taxpayers Pick Up the Tab for Corporations that Can Afford to Pay Their Employees More

Minimum wage graphThe net incomes of four of the largest low-wage employers, Wal-Mart, McDonald’s, Yum! Brands, and Target, represent five times the amount of cost savings in SNAP resulting from a minimum wage hike to $10.10.

By Melissa Boteach and Sarah Baron | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Raising the Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Cut Taxpayer Costs in Every State

Interactive map cursor icon Interactive An analysis of SNAP data reveals the savings that each state would experience if the federal minimum wage increases to $10.10 per hour.

By Rachel West and Michael Reich | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures

J.C. Penney employee book_alt2 icon Report Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lower government spending on federal nutrition assistance by $46 billion over the next 10 years.

By Rachel West and Michael Reich | Wednesday, March 5, 2014

President Obama’s Budget Resets the Fiscal Debate

FY2015The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget focuses on growing the economy and pivots away from austerity.

By Harry Stein | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Reading Between the Data

San Francisco woman and mural book_alt2 icon Report When considering how best to address economic inequality, policymakers need to understand the complexity and diversity within the Asian American community.

By Farah Ahmad and Christian E. Weller | Monday, March 3, 2014

The Benefits of Local Financial Empowerment Initiatives

Joe ValentiJoe Valenti, Director of Asset Building, testifies before the New York City Council Consumer Affairs Committee.

By Joe Valenti | Friday, February 28, 2014

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