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Labor and Work: Archives

March 2014

Job fair article icon Issue Brief Progressive fiscal policy must complement monetary policy to boost economic growth.

By Christian E. Weller and Sam Ungar | Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Universal Credit: A Primer

Internet article icon Issue Brief The United Kingdom’s overhaul of its social safety net, known as the Universal Credit, raises many concerns, and policymakers should be cautious about considering it as a model for reforming the U.S. system.

By Melissa Boteach, Helly Lee, Elizabeth Lower-Basch, and Megan Martin | Thursday, March 20, 2014

How to Reduce Poverty and Save Taxpayers $4.6 Billion Per Year

Minimum wage protestRaising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour will cut spending on federal assistance programs and strengthen families, the economy, and our nation.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 19, 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

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

Understanding CBO’s Minimum-Wage Report

CBOEven if we accept the erroneous assertion that better pay for low-wage workers will slow job growth, the reduction in the pace of job creation will by CBO projections be relatively small.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Reproductive Politics of Living on the Brink

reproductive rights, family planning, low-incomeWomen need reproductive autonomy to achieve economic security and improved health.

By Heidi Williamson | Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Moving the War on Poverty Forward

article icon Issue Brief A new study about how Millennials view federal anti-poverty efforts finds that they are more likely than older Americans to face direct economic problems.

By John Halpin and Karl Agne | Wednesday, February 19, 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

Job Growth Still Overwhelmed by Severe Unemployment

Failure to extend emergency unemployment insurance will further harm the already fragile labor market.

By Adam Hersh | Friday, February 7, 2014

Building a More Perfect Union

immigration equality protest LGBT immigrants need both the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and immigration reform.

By Sharita Gruberg and Sarah McBride | Thursday, February 6, 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

Infographic: The Next Step for Family Leave

The FAMILY Act will help families, local communities, and our economy by making paid leave a reality for working Americans.

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