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Congress Makes Itself Dysfunctional with Legislative Branch Cuts

US Capitol rotundaCutting funding for the legislative branch makes Congress less competent and more reliant on special interests.

by Harry Stein and Ethan Gurwitz | Monday, June 15, 2015

Top 5 Worst Provisions in the House FY 2016 Transportation Appropriations Bill

Amtrak train PhiladelphiaThe House transportation appropriations bill would roll back essential safety regulations and cut core infrastructure programs, harming America’s competitiveness and mobility.

by Kevin DeGood | Friday, June 12, 2015

A Carbon Tax and the Clean Power Plan Would Work Together to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

wind turbineThe Clean Power Plan and a carbon tax are complementary—not mutually exclusive.

by Alison Cassady and Alexandra Thornton | Friday, June 12, 2015

Responsible Credit Is an Economic and Moral Issue

Maranda Brooks stands outside a payday loans business. article icon Issue Brief As states and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau debate payday lending regulation, both economics and faith illustrate the need for effective consumer protections.

by Joe Valenti and Claire Markham | Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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

Job seekers fills out applicationHere are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

by Jackie Odum, Danielle Corley, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, June 4, 2015

Understanding Amtrak and the Importance of Passenger Rail in the United States

Amtrak train article icon Issue Brief Amtrak is a valuable national asset that requires proper federal investment if it is to meet the country’s future transportation and economic development needs.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, June 4, 2015

Patent Tax Dodge: Why the Patent Box Does Not Answer America’s Need for Tax Reform

U.S. Patent and Trademark OfficeAlthough it may reduce multinational corporations’ incentive to engage in profit shifting, the patent box acts more like a budget sieve than as true tax reform.

by Alexandra Thornton | Monday, June 1, 2015

Economic Snapshot: May 2015

Job fair 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 and Jackie Odum | Friday, May 29, 2015

What Data on Older Households Tell Us About Wealth Inequality and Entrepreneurship Growth

Older entrepreneur book_alt2 icon Report Entrepreneurship has become especially pronounced among older households, while entrepreneurship among younger households has fallen, slowing overall entrepreneurship in the United States.

by Christian E. Weller, Jeffrey Wenger, Benyamin Lichtenstein, Carolyn Arcand | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bringing Entrepreneurship Back to the Middle Class

Authors Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson discuss new data showing the steep decline in entrepreneurship in the United States and recommend solutions to bring it back.

| Friday, May 22, 2015

1 Million Missing Entrepreneurs

An empty chair sits in front of a wall. article icon Issue Brief New research identifies a fall in business-owner households, highlighting the need for policies that strengthen and grow the middle class and, with it, our pipeline of future entrepreneurs.

by Adam Hersh and Jennifer Erickson | Thursday, May 21, 2015

How Does Middle-Class Financial Health Affect Entrepreneurship in America?

lightbulbs book_alt2 icon Report Policies that focus on strengthening the financial health of the middle class will ultimately foster a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial economy in the United States.

by Camilo Mondragón-Vélez | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Does Washington Have a Spending Problem or a Revenue Problem?

capitiol domeFederal spending has fallen well below the levels that the Bowles-Simpson commission recommended, but revenues have fallen as well.

by Harry Stein and Lauren Shapiro | Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

record store clerk bars icon Charts Last month’s employment report serves as a reminder that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.

by Jackie Odum, Danielle Corley, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, May 7, 2015

4 Essential Questions About Air Traffic Control Privatization

Air traffic control 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