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Opinion: Hispanic and Latino workers deserve equal economic opportunity, not a return to the pre-pandemic status quo
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Opinion: Hispanic and Latino workers deserve equal economic opportunity, not a return to the pre-pandemic status quo

Rose Khattar and Jessica Vela discuss how equitable implementation of the Biden administration's major economic accomplishments, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, can help better support Hispanic and Latino workers.

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is a time to reflect on the many ways Hispanic Americans work to make America a better place. They are crucial contributors to the U.S. economy, and are projected to become even more critical to the labor force, accounting for the majority of net new workers this decade. Their essential social and economic contributions, including in care and construction, come despite the nation’s United States’ failure to value them, with Hispanic Americans continuing to be overrepresented in low-wage jobs and experiencing persistent economic insecurity.

 To offer a new path forward, the Biden administration’s transformative economic, climate, health, and tax packages need to be implemented with equity in mind. In particular, it is essential that the millions of good-paying jobs that will be created through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) are available to all and that pathways exist to get more Hispanic and Latino people into good jobs that offer a route to economic opportunity.

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Authors

Rose Khattar

Associate Director, Economic Analysis

Jessica Vela

Research Assistant, Tax and Budget Policy

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