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Shortsighted Cuts to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inhibit Meaningful Policy

Erica Groshen of the BLSOver the past five years, the inflation-adjusted budget for the government’s principal data collection agency has seen dramatic and shortsighted cuts. This is unacceptable.

by Ethan Gurwitz and Alex Rowell | Thursday, October 22, 2015

Who Wins and Who Loses?

Capitol Dome article icon Issue Brief There is no shortage of tax reform ideas these days. Watch out for these claims when considering which tax reforms make sense.

by Alexandra Thornton and Harry Stein | Thursday, October 22, 2015

Long-Termism or Lemons

stock market book_alt2 icon Report Corporate America’s growing focus on short-term profits instead of long-term value hurts shareholders and the middle class alike. Here is an agenda to nudge markets to focus on the long term.

by Marc Jarsulic, Brendan Duke, Michael Madowitz | Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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

workers build stage bars icon Charts Here are six charts on the economy six years after the Great Recession.

by Michael Madowitz, Danielle Corley, Shiv Rawal | Thursday, October 1, 2015

State Paid Leave Administration

Baby girl with family book_alt2 icon Report This report outlines key considerations for states interested in developing paid family and medical leave programs.

by Sarah Jane Glynn | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Economic Snapshot: September 2015

A light rail repairer works on railcar wheels article icon Issue Brief Congress can and should act to strengthen the economy in order to boost the economic fortunes of middle-class families.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 3

Wisconsin highway article icon Issue Brief Wisconsin State Highway 23 is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 2

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport article icon Issue Brief The West Bay Parkway is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

White Elephant Watch: Vol. 1

The beach in Panama City, Florida article icon Issue Brief The Gulf Coast Parkway is a costly and unnecessary project that highlights the lack of accountability with federal transportation funds.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, September 28, 2015

Infographic: Mobile Banking By the Numbers

Mobile financial tools can help the nearly 10 million households without bank accounts enter the financial mainstream and collectively save billions of dollars in fees.

by Joe Valenti and Pete Morelewicz | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fast Facts: Economic Security for North Carolina Families

Child and mother article icon Fact Sheet The right policies can go a long way toward helping North Carolina women gain economic security.

by Ryan Erickson, Sarah Jane Glynn, Heidi Williamson | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Congress’ Tax Agenda: Businesses Before Working Families

capitol domeThe message from this week’s poverty data is clear: Congress needs to stop prioritizing tax benefits for businesses over those for low- and middle-income families.

by Alexandra Thornton and Samuel Rubinstein | Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Census Data Show that the Middle Class Is Not Recovering Fast Enough

sad homeownerStagnant median household incomes show that policymakers must act to help the middle class.

by Alex Rowell and David Madland | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More Data, Same Problem: A Wide Look at Income Trends in the Middle Class

Downtown Danville, IL bars icon Charts Different data sources concur that middle-class market incomes have grown slowly, if at all, despite significant growth in the economy at large.

by Brendan Duke and Andrew Schwartz | Monday, September 14, 2015

Investing in Millennials Through an Economy that Works for All

Rebecca D. Vallas, Director of Policy, Poverty to Prosperity Program, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.

by Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, September 9, 2015