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White Elephant Watch: Vol. 4

Birmingham interchange article icon Issue Brief The Northern Beltline in Birmingham, Alabama, is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 3, 2015

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

Hiring manager and applicantA nonshallow dive into the labor market indicators pool shows a healthy economy with plenty of room to grow.

by Michael Madowitz and Danielle Corley | Thursday, December 3, 2015

Financial Rollbacks Would Leave Coal in Consumers’ Stockings

The U.S. Capitol domeCongress should not use a budget deal to roll back financial reforms that protect consumers and the broader economy.

by Joe Valenti and Sarah Edelman | Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Economic Snapshot: November 2015

stock exchange article icon Issue Brief Public policies that support middle-class families can strengthen the economic recovery.

by Christian E. Weller, Shiv Rawal, Danielle Corley | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Laying the Groundwork for More Efficient Retirement Savings Incentives

man with camera book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers should pursue a number of steps at the federal and state levels to make existing savings incentives more effective and address the retirement crisis.

by Christian E. Weller and Teresa Ghilarducci | Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wisconsin, Unions, and the Middle Class

A woman works at an assembly line article icon Fact Sheet Wisconsin’s middle class is falling behind. Unions can help by raising wages and reducing the pay gap.

by Brendan Duke and Alex Rowell | Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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

workersHere are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

by Michael Madowitz, Danielle Corley, Shiv Rawal | Thursday, November 5, 2015

Women and Families’ Economic Security in Iowa

Nurse and student article icon Issue Brief Women have been central to Iowa’s economic growth, and more must be done to support women’s labor force participation.

by Sarah Jane Glynn and Brendan Duke | Thursday, November 5, 2015

Congress Passed a Budget Deal. Now What?

House speakers huggingThe bipartisan budget agreement delivers economic stability and a respite from unnecessary fiscal crises, but lawmakers still must address several lingering issues.

by Harry Stein | Monday, November 2, 2015

The Uneven Housing Recovery

Street in Detroit book_alt2 icon Report The negative equity crisis has tended to be concentrated in certain areas of the country, and several counties are still struggling. Policymakers should support concrete steps to help counties that are still far from a full recovery.

by Michela Zonta and Sarah Edelman | Monday, November 2, 2015

Interactive Map: The Uneven Housing Recovery

cursor icon Interactive The negative equity crisis is a dynamic phenomenon that varies in magnitude and impact over time across different geographic areas.

by Michela Zonta, Sarah Edelman, Andrew Lomax | Monday, November 2, 2015

Economic Snapshot: October 2015

automobile assembly line worker article icon Issue Brief Lawmakers should strengthen the economic recovery through policies that support middle-class families.

by Christian E. Weller, Shiv Rawal, Danielle Corley | Friday, October 30, 2015

Let’s Not Reinvent the Wheel in Puerto Rico

store in Puerto RicoPolicymakers have the tools to address the Puerto Rican debt crisis, Puerto Rico just needs to be allowed to use them.

by Michael Madowitz | Friday, October 30, 2015

The Inefficiencies of Existing Retirement Savings Incentives

Worker posing for photo article icon Issue Brief Middle-class Americans face a growing retirement crisis. Existing savings incentives have not been enough to address this problem because of a number of associated inefficiencies.

by Christian E. Weller and Teresa Ghilarducci | Friday, October 30, 2015

Mitigating Risk to Maximize the Benefits of Employee Ownership

Commuters walk to work. book_alt2 icon Report Addressing risk factors involved in employee ownership will ensure that more workers can benefit from its positive effects.

by Karla Walter and Danielle Corley | Wednesday, October 28, 2015