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A Win-Win for Working Families and State Budgets

Doctor and child book_alt2 icon Report Increasing the minimum wage in concert with expanding Medicaid would not only boost the incomes of low-wage working families and increase access to healthcare but would also be a boon to state budgets.

by Rachel West and Michael Reich | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Retailer Revelations

mannequins book_alt2 icon Report America’s retailers need a strong and expanding middle class. That’s why it’s time for retailers to back a policy agenda that addresses middle-class weakness and stagnant wages, which will boost the economy and grow corporate bottom lines.

by Brendan Duke and Ike Lee | Monday, October 13, 2014

China’s Path to Financial Reform

Charging Bull book_alt2 icon Report Deeper structural changes are needed to reform China’s financial system and to rebalance its economy.

by Adam Hersh | Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Good News of Accelerating Job Growth is Tempered by Lagging Wages

obamaWith the pace of job creation increasing, communities of color are finally feeling effects of the recovery, but the wages of all working Americans still remain stagnant.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, October 6, 2014

Making Consumer Voices Count

Mortgage relief eventThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposal to release consumers’ complaints in their own words adds additional transparency and accountability to the financial system.

by Joe Valenti, Julia Gordon, and Marc Jarsulic | Thursday, October 2, 2014

The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-October 2014 Jobs Release

job applicant bars icon Charts Economic indicators show that our economy isn’t cutting it for American workers.

by Jackie Odum and Michael Madowitz | Thursday, October 2, 2014

September 2014

A mother sets the dinner table. article icon Issue Brief New economic data shows that post-recession gains continue to go to the wealthiest while the middle class continues to be squeezed.

by Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Friday, September 26, 2014

Innovations in Apprenticeship

An intern works with a vaccine book_alt2 icon Report Forward-thinking employers across the country are demonstrating that apprenticeships can be used to build talent in growing, high-demand occupations.

by Sarah Ayres Steinberg and Ethan Gurwitz | Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax Code

oval office book_alt2 icon Report Despite the political gridlock over taxes, there are actually many areas on which both sides agree. Policymakers should start here to improve our tax system.

by Harry Stein, Alexandra Thornton, and John Craig | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

7 Actions that Could Shrink the Gender Wage Gap

A waitress carries food article icon Fact Sheet The gender wage gap has not seen real movement since 2007, but seven actions could help change that.

by Sarah Jane Glynn, Milia Fisher, and Emily Baxter | Thursday, September 18, 2014

5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Accelerate Veteran Employment

People attend a job fair. book_alt2 icon Report How improved use of open data can enable the labor market to better match the skills of veterans returning from service with the needs of employers across the country.

by Aneesh Chopra and Ethan Gurwitz | Thursday, September 18, 2014

What the New Census Data Show About the Continuing Struggles of the Middle Class

furnace factoryNewly released Census data show that America’s middle class is still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and the decades of unequal growth that preceded it.

by Keith Miller and David Madland | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Top 3 Things You Need to Know About the 2013 Poverty and Income Data

Family cooking bars icon Charts New poverty and income data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census underscore that it is time to enact policies to create jobs, raise wages, and invest in family economic security.

by Melissa Boteach and Shawn Fremstad | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Corporate Profits and Taxes

Wall street stocks bars icon Charts Corporate profits now constitute a record-breaking share of total national income, while corporate taxes contribute a declining share of total federal revenues.

by Harry Stein | Monday, September 15, 2014

Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility

family pantry article icon Issue Brief It is long past due to reform asset limits for safety net programs that work at odds with the goals of family economic security and mobility.

by Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti | Wednesday, September 10, 2014