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A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education

President Obama Ohio StateThe rise in U.S. income inequality and the decline of the American middle class have skewed public policy toward the wishes of the rich and contributed to underinvestment in higher education.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, May 20, 2013

Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny

President Barack ObamaThere are a number of things that policymakers can do to strengthen the middle class that won't require any additional expenditures.

by David Madland and Karla Walter | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Growing the Wealth

Jeff Smisek with Continental Airlines employees book_alt2 icon Report Inclusive capitalism, when implemented correctly, can begin to address some of the fundamental problems with our economy while simultaneously improving workers’ well-being and the performance of businesses.

by David Madland and Karla Walter | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

States at Work: Progressive State Policies to Rebuild the Middle Class

Middle-class familyState governments have a tremendous responsibility to help restore the promise of the American Dream, and can be part of the solution to rebuild a strong and growing middle class.

by Karla Walter, Tom Hucker, and David Madland, with Nick Bunker and David Sanchez | Thursday, March 21, 2013

Legal Status for Undocumented Workers Is Good for American Workers

Immigration reform activistsStudies show that providing legal status to undocumented immigrants will increase wages for American workers.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program and Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust

David Madland discusses the Maryland Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program before the Maryland House of Delegates.

by David Madland | Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 or $9 an Hour?

David Madland argues for raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour.

by David Madland | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Women and Families Would Be the Lead Recipients of a Minimum-Wage Boost

President Obama delivers his State of the Union addressIncreasing the minimum wage for all workers—particularly women who are the majority of low-paid workers—will markedly improve life for struggling American families.

by Tara McGuinness, David Madland, and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

State-Level Policies Threaten to Further Weaken Unions

Indiana union protestWe should adopt policies that help workers freely choose whether to organize if we want to strengthen organized labor and create a vibrant middle class.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Job Growth Is Too Fragile for Additional Austerity

Construction worker working on a house in CaliforniaThe country is moving forward and creating jobs, but now is not the time for additional austerity, as the economy is in no shape for such a beating.

by David Madland | Friday, January 4, 2013

Michigan ‘Right-to-Work’ Bill Is the Wrong Economics for the Middle Class

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan giving a speech article icon Issue Brief So-called right-to-work legislation will make it harder for unions to do their job: improving wages and working conditions. That, in turn, will weaken the middle class, which will lower our nation’s economic competitiveness.

by Adam Hersh, Heather Boushey, and David Madland | Monday, December 10, 2012

Right-to-Work Bill Would Harm Michigan’s Middle Class

Rick SnyderRight-to-work laws weaken unions, lower middle-class income, and don’t reduce unemployment.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Monday, December 10, 2012

'Middle-out' economics trumped 'trickle-down' on Nov. 6 - Now policies should reflect that

One of the most important, but least known, outcomes of the 2012 election is that trickle-down economics was defeated by an emerging theory popularized by President Obama known as “middle-out economics,” which holds that a strong middle class is the key driver of economic growth. We may now be at a sea-change moment as policymakers […]

by David Madland | Monday, November 26, 2012

States with Stronger Unions Have Stronger Middle Classes

Union members rally in Strengthening organized labor is one of the most important steps to help rebuild our middle class.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Friday, September 21, 2012

Unions Boost Economic Mobility in U.S. States

Union rallyIncreased union membership is associated with higher income mobility, greater upward mobility, and lower downward mobility.

by David Madland and Nick Bunker | Thursday, September 20, 2012