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Language Access Is a Consumer Protection Issue

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Language Access Plan is a step toward empowering consumers with limited English proficiency to participate fully in the financial marketplace.

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Report of the Commission on Inclusive Prosperity

book_alt2 icon Report Nations need to ensure both that economic growth takes place and that it is broadly shared. Nations succeed when their middle class is secure in the expectation that those willing to work are able to work and that standards of living will increase.

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April’s Employment Report Stings with Disappointment

The labor market has been improving faster than other economic indicators, but that trend looks less strong after March’s employment report.

Social Security Administration

The Reality of the Retirement Crisis

article icon Issue Brief For millions of Americans, retirement—the so-called golden years—will be significantly tarnished by a lack of savings.

Job Stocking Honey

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-April 2015 Jobs Release

bars icon Charts Broader economic indicators show that today’s economy carries historically low growth in wages and considerable room for more employment growth.

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Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions

book_alt2 icon Report Transportation funding restrictions prevent states and metropolitan regions from making objective decisions about the most appropriate investments. Increased programmatic flexibility will allow funding to flow to the most beneficial projects regardless of the source of money.

Construction

Why Wages Are Not Returning as Job Growth Increases

The U.S. economy has added 11.2 million private-sector jobs in the expansion since February 2010, but wages are still going nowhere.

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Small Steps Toward a Modernized Community Reinvestment Act

Bank regulators’ efforts to update the Community Reinvestment Act reflect changes in the financial marketplace and are valuable first steps toward broader reforms.

Capitol

Economic and Fiscal Debates Must Distinguish Between the Short Term and Long Term

Failing to distinguish short term from long term often confuses the federal budget debate, as was the case in a recent article about a Center for American Progress report co-authored by Antonio Weiss.

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The Middle-Class Squeeze

book_alt2 icon Report America's middle class is being squeezed by stagnant—and in many cases declining—incomes and rising costs. To address the middle-class squeeze, we need to enact policies that will both increase incomes and also address rising child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement costs.

Sen. Murray

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.

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