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Race and Ethnicity

Baltimore Underscores a Need to Rethink How We Address Poverty in the United States

As Baltimore recovers from a week of tumult, what can we do as citizens to ensure that the unrest was the last of its kind?

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Coal
Energy and Environment

A Rulemaking to Close Loopholes and Cut Subsidies for the Federal Coal Program

article icon Fact Sheet The U.S. Department of the Interior is aiming to close a loophole so that coal companies can no longer use their affiliates to dodge royalty payments, but this rule needs to be strengthened to guarantee that taxpayers receive every dollar due for their resources.

by Nidhi Thakar | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Air traffic control
Economy

4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization

article icon Issue Brief Given the magnitude of the changes that privatizing the operation of air traffic controls would bring about—in aviation governance; industry taxation; and potentially, safety—proponents must be able to show that benefits will clearly exceed costs.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Supreme Court
Civil Liberties

Supreme Court: Judges Aren’t Politicians, and States Can Bar Them From Soliciting Campaign Cash

By upholding Florida’s ban on judges directly seeking campaign cash, the Supreme Court recognizes money’s corrosive effect on judicial elections.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Race and Ethnicity

Video: The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest

play_alt icon Video In this video column, Sam Fulwood III examines the underlying roots of the discontent in Baltimore, Ferguson, and dozens of other American communities.

by Andrew Satter & Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Energy and Environment

The Buildings of Tomorrow Are Here Today

article icon Issue Brief Net-zero energy buildings—highly efficient spaces that require no net fossil-fuel consumption—have proliferated throughout the United States. The federal government must lead by example and step up efforts to free future government buildings from the need to consume fossil-fuel-generated electricity.

by Erin Auel & Greg Dotson | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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LGBT

Open Doors for All

article icon Issue Brief The Affordable Care Act can help address discrimination against LGBT people and their families in health coverage and care—but the law’s protections must clearly include sexual orientation and gender identity.

by Kellan Baker | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Economy

Infographic: Raising the Minimum Wage Would Have the Greatest Impact on Working Women

The workers who stand to benefit from an increase in the minimum wage are mostly women—and these women are likely to be working mothers over age 25.

by Sarah Jane Glynn | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Immigration

How the November Immigration Directives Will Help Farmworkers

Farmworkers are the backbone of the nation’s agriculture sector, but many lack immigration status. The November immigration directives make 509,000 workers eligible for important, though temporary, protections.

by Isabel M. Skilton | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sen. Murray
Poverty

The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

In addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

A home destroyed by Superstorm Sandy
Energy and Environment

From Risk to Resilience: Preparing U.S. Coasts for Climate Change

New investments, hardnosed land-use reforms, and an innovative, pro-nature approach must define coastal resilience in the century ahead.

by Shiva Polefka & Michael Conathan | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Job fair
Economy

April 2015

article icon Issue Brief Policymakers need to build on successes of past progressive policies by implementing measures that raise wages and boost productivity growth.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Wednesday, April 29, 2015