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The Murray-Scott Minimum-Wage Bill: A Win-Win for Working Families and Taxpayers

Sen. MurrayIn addition to giving working families a long-overdue raise, the new bill will save taxpayers an estimated $5.3 billion per year on SNAP when fully implemented.

by Rachel West | Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 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 | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Better Banking Products on Campus

ATM withdrawalThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Safe Student Account Scorecard is a first step toward ensuring that college financial products are designed with students in mind.

by Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, Sarah Audelo | Monday, April 20, 2015

Making Prepaid Cards Safer, More Transparent, and More Affordable

Prepaid cardsThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed prepaid card rule adds transparency and security to cards that increasingly resemble bank accounts, but further improvements could be made.

by Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

Language Access Is a Consumer Protection Issue

El CentroThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Language Access Plan is a step toward empowering consumers with limited English proficiency to participate fully in the financial marketplace.

by Michela Zonta and Joe Valenti | Friday, April 17, 2015

Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay

A woman reconciles a cash register drawer book_alt2 icon Report There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week, and although the effect is similar by gender, women are more greatly affected because they are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week.

by Claudia Goldin | Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation

Cashiers and baggers stand idleA new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What Occupational Data Show About the Causes of the Gender Wage Gap

A teacher plays a game with her students.The types of jobs that men and women hold, as well as the industries they work in, have a large effect on the gender wage gap.

by Emily Baxter | Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Infographic: Inaction on Immigration Is Too Costly

circle chartThe numbers show that the United States stands to see significant gains from deferred action programs—and that the gains from legislative reform that includes a pathway to citizenship would be even greater.

by Silva Mathema | Thursday, April 9, 2015

April’s Employment Report Stings with Disappointment

manufacturerThe labor market has been improving faster than other economic indicators, but that trend looks less strong after March’s employment report.

by Michael Madowitz | Monday, April 6, 2015

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

Job Stocking Honey bars icon Charts Broader economic indicators show that today’s economy carries historically low growth in wages and considerable room for more employment growth.

by Danielle Corley, Jackie Odum, Michael Madowitz | Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 2015

roofer works in sun 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, March 27, 2015

Expanding Opportunities in America’s Urban Areas

San Francisco skyline sunset article icon Issue Brief To ensure that more people benefit from the opportunities cities create, the Center for American Progress has compiled key policy proposals that address the challenges faced by distressed urban areas.

by the Poverty to Prosperity Program and the CAP Economic Policy Team | Monday, March 23, 2015

Testing Congressional Republicans’ Sincerity About Tackling Inequality

husband and wifeHouse and Senate budgets will be a test of how serious majority leaders are about boosting opportunity and expanding the middle class.

by Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, Anna Chu | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Rich Can’t Save Retail

Shopping for shoes book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for the retail industry to support a policy agenda that helps its most important customers—the middle class.

by Brendan Duke | Thursday, March 12, 2015