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The Tortured Logic of the Heritage Foundation on Public Transportation

public transit busIn a never-ending quest to shrink government, conservatives continue to advance specious arguments that are harmful to federal funding for public transportation.

by Kevin DeGood | Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social Security

Social Security Act signing article icon Issue Brief Rising earnings inequality, which has led to an upward redistribution of income, has taken a significant toll on Social Security’s financial outlook.

by Rebecca Vallas, Christian E. Weller, Rachel West, Jackie Odum | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Good Employment Numbers Beg the Question—More Jobs, More Problems?

January’s strong employment release report had only positive news, and that should be a good thing, right? That depends on how the Fed responds, which could turn good news into bad news.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, February 9, 2015

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

job interview bars icon Charts Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz & Danielle Corley | Thursday, February 5, 2015

New Numbers but Same Story: Economy Growing but Wages Flat

With U.S. GDP growth so dependent on consumer spending, there is reason for concern, despite positive numbers.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, February 2, 2015

January 2015

locked school building article icon Issue Brief Americans are still waiting for an economy that works for everyone, rather than a lucky few.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Strengthening the Military Lending Act to Protect Troops from Predatory Practices

Soldier fills out paperworkExpanding the Military Lending Act would better protect service members from becoming trapped in a cycle of debt and risking their security clearances.

by Joe Valenti & Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valuing All Our Families

father and daughter book_alt2 icon Report Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children.

by Shawn Fremstad & Melissa Boteach | Monday, January 12, 2015

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

bicyclist in Seattle with container shipDespite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Michael Madowitz & Danielle Corley | Thursday, January 8, 2015

December 2014

homeless man retail window article icon Issue Brief Economic data show that it is time for an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few.

by Christian E. Weller & Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Inequality, Opportunity, and the Housing Market

Foreclosed houseJulia Gordon, Director of Housing Finance and Policy at the Center for American Progress, recently testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development. Her testimony provides recommendations for increasing access to safe and affordable credit.

by Julia Gordon | Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

As Income Inequality Rises, America’s Middle Class Shrinks

A mother eats dinner with her daughter bars icon Charts Increasing income inequality has decreased the share of the population earning a middle-class income.

by Keith Miller & David Madland | Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Reasons Why Social Security Matters for Women’s Economic Security

press conference on Paycheck Fairness ActThe Social Security program should be strengthened to support working women as they age and face the realities of caring for their families.

by Sarah Jane Glynn & Jackie Odum | Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Continued Job Gains Are Sweet Music, and There Is Reason to Hope It’s Not the Same Old Song for Wages

factory workerEverybody liked the November jobs report, let’s hope the signs of wage growth are not a blip but the start of a new trend.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, December 8, 2014