Inclusive Growth

Inclusive Economy

We are focused on building an inclusive economy by expanding worker power, investing in families, and advancing a social compact that encourages sustainable and equitable growth.

A subway train pulls into the Flushing Avenue station in Brooklyn.
A subway train pulls into the Flushing Avenue station in Brooklyn on February 2, 2019, in New York City. (Getty/Gary Hershorn)

What We're Doing

Investing in people

We seek to eliminate poverty and ensure every American, regardless of their ZIP code, can live a life of dignity by developing, protecting, and expanding vital economic security policies and safety net programs.

Achieving sustainable growth

We work to address structural issues in the economy by promoting bold public investments, progressive tax reforms that require the wealthy to pay their fair share, and sound fiscal policies to support broad-based economic growth.

Expanding worker power

We work to ensure executive actions and legislation, promote high-quality jobs, increase worker power, and raise standards for government contract workers. As part of this effort, we are pushing for a federal $15 minimum wage and strengthening workers’ voices in their workplace.

Championing a new social compact

We need a new social compact with business that reimagines their obligations to society on issues such as environmental and climate matters, economic opportunity for workers, paying their fair share in taxes, and racial equality in the pursuit of more sustainable, innovative growth.

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Construction of Tennessee EV Battery Facility Highlights Promises and Challenges of Biden Administration Policies Report
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Construction of Tennessee EV Battery Facility Highlights Promises and Challenges of Biden Administration Policies

Tennessee’s BlueOval City electric vehicle battery facility shows how public investments can lead to good union jobs, but anecdotal evidence suggests that workers are not connecting these jobs to important economic policies.

David Madland, Kyle Ross

Increasing Affordable Housing Stock Through Modular Building Report
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Increasing Affordable Housing Stock Through Modular Building

Modular building, if brought to scale, has the potential to reduce construction costs and make building new homes more affordable, especially in areas experiencing severe affordable housing shortages.

Michela Zonta

The Schumer-Johnson Budget Deal, Explained Article
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The Schumer-Johnson Budget Deal, Explained

Under the tight caps in the budget agreement, Congress should be able to meet the nation’s highest priorities, but the federal government would provide a lower level of services and benefits than it did in fiscal year 2023.

Bobby Kogan, Jean Ross

3 Ways States Can Improve Child Support Article
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3 Ways States Can Improve Child Support

Decades of problems with distribution, debt, and enforcement have undermined the child support program’s ability to serve low-income families.

Kyle Ross

Government on Workers’ Side Report
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Government on Workers’ Side

State and local policymakers can raise standards for workers and the public through prevailing wages, project labor agreements, and several other best practices.

Karla Walter

Regulators’ Bank Capital Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough To Improve Financial Stability Article

Regulators’ Bank Capital Proposals Don’t Go Far Enough To Improve Financial Stability

While the 2023 bank capital proposals make important improvements to the regulatory framework, new CAP empirical analysis shows that additions to bank equity are modest and must be larger to substantially enhance the stability of the largest banks.

CAP Comments on Regulators’ Proposals To Increase Bank Capital Requirements Article

CAP Comments on Regulators’ Proposals To Increase Bank Capital Requirements

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on their proposals to raise capital requirements for the largest banks—those with assets of $100 billion or more.

CAP Submits Comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on the Federal Insurance Office’s Climate Risk Data Collection Sign-On Letter

CAP Submits Comments to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on the Federal Insurance Office’s Climate Risk Data Collection

The Center for American Progress submitted a comment letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on the Federal Insurance Office’s climate-related financial risk data collection.

Lilith Fellowes-Granda

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