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What Dads Really Want for Fathers’ Day: Medicare for All

4 days ago

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to increases in health insurance coverage and reductions in racial and ethnic disparities in coverage. With Fathers’ Day this weekend, it’s a good time to take a closer look at trends in coverage for fathers. In this post, we focus on fathers who report living with one or more …

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Oversight Targets Abound in Betsy Devos’ Education Department

6 days ago

Since last fall, the Revolving Door Project has been working to ensure that House Democrats use their newfound majority to perform long overdue oversight that targets the intersection between outsized corporate influence and Trump-era corruption. We have argued that across the breadth of every issue area imaginable, such oversight not only represents good policy but …

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Labor Market Policy Research Reports, May 2019

13 days ago

CEPR regularly publishes a curated collection of original research from academic institutions and nonprofits on the state of the US labor market. The compilation is part of our ongoing effort to promote informed debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. The Brookings Institution Growing cities that work for all: …

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May Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

14 days ago

As we have previously highlighted, the federal government’s forty independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked through multiple channels to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face. We hope public education will generate pressure …

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Recession or Not, There Will Be pain

16 days ago

This was originally posted on the Economic Policy Institute’s Working Economics Blog. If the current economic expansion which began in June 2009 makes it to this July, it will set a record for the longest period of U.S. economic growth—beating the 1991 to 2001 boom. Economic expansions don’t die of old age, however, so what …

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Upward Trend in Wage Inequality among AAPI Workers in the US Continues

18 days ago

Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the US workforce. About 9.5 million AAPIs[1] ages 16 or older worked in the United States in 2017 — a dramatic increase from just over one-half of one percent of all US workers in 1960 to 6.1 percent today.[2] AAPI …

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Senator Sanders and Representative Lee Propose to Make Wall Street Pay

27 days ago

This week Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Barbara Lee are introducing bills in the Senate and House for a financial transaction tax (FTT). Their proposed tax is similar to, albeit somewhat higher than, the FTT proposed by Senator Brian Schatz earlier this year. The Sanders-Lee proposal would impose a 0.5 percent tax on stock transactions, …

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The Oversight Options Available to the House Financial Services Committee

May 16, 2019

The financial industry has been the driving force behind some of the most damaging economic trends of our time. In spite of this fact, since the spasm of reform reflected in the Dodd Frank Act, financiers have faced very little scrutiny from lawmakers. Instead of regulating the industry, many governing officials from both parties have …

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Groups Appeal to Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on BB&T-SunTrust Merger

May 13, 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Revolving Door Project, in conjunction with the Demand Progress Education Fund and Color for Change, submitted a comment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors regarding the proposed merger between Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) and SunTrust Bank. This comment raised …

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A Mother’s Day Letter to America

May 9, 2019

Dear America, A working mother recently wrote to the New York Times asking what really makes for a “family friendly” company. Her workplace experiences were the opposite of the company’s stated commitment to the notion and she wanted to know if her expectations were too high. The reply that followed was not so much a …

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The State of Child Care and Early Education in the US

May 9, 2019

In honor of Mother’s Day, CEPR is publishing a curated selection of original research reports from academic institutions and nonprofits on the current state of child care and early education in the US. The compilation is part of our ongoing effort to promote informed debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect …

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Groups Call for Oversight of BB&T-SunTrust Merger

May 6, 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd, the Revolving Door Project, in conjunction with the Demand Progress Education Fund and Color for Change, submitted a comment to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors regarding the proposed merger between Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) and SunTrust Bank. This comment raised …

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The Social Security Trustees Consistently Agree: The Program is Well-Funded

May 6, 2019

This year’s Social Security and Medicare trustees’ report saw very few changes from last year’s report and showed that the Social Security retirement program’s (OASI) financial situation had improved modestly by some measures. While the report predicts that the Social Security retirement program will be able to pay 77 percent of benefits starting in 2034 …

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April Update on the State of Independent Federal Agencies

May 1, 2019

As we have previously highlighted, the federal government’s forty independent federal agencies receive too little attention relative to their importance to our collective safety and prosperity. The Revolving Door Project has worked to shed light on these overlooked agencies and the threats that they face through multiple channels. We hope public education will generate pressure …

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Bold Calls to #taxtherich, But Not Enough Talk of Enforcement

April 25, 2019

Earlier this year, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made waves when she used her appearance on 60 Minutes to call for a 70 percent marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million. The mainstream media establishment was further blown away when polls in the following days showed that this radical proposal was wildly popular. To anyone who …

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Labor Market Policy Research Reports, April 2019

April 25, 2019

CEPR regularly publishes a curated collection of original research from academic institutions and nonprofits on the state of the US labor market. The compilation is part of our ongoing effort to promote informed debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. The Brookings Institution Meet the millions of young adults …

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Can Writers Guild Members Rewrite Private Equity’s Greedy Script?

April 19, 2019

It’s widely understood that private equity firms make money for themselves and their investors by loading the companies they buy with debt, selling off assets, and gaming the tax system. But, there is another, less well-known way that private equity enriches itself when it takes over a traditional company. While relations between management and labor …

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Labor Market Policy Research Reports, March 2019

March 29, 2019

CEPR regularly publishes a curated collection of original research from academic institutions and nonprofits on the state of the US labor market. The compilation is part of our ongoing effort to promote informed debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. The Brookings Institution Advancing Opportunity in California’s Inland Empire …

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The Overlooked Executive Branch Scandal of the Trump Era — Independent Agencies

March 28, 2019

This version reflects corrections made at 2:00 PM on March 28, 2019 The federal government’s 40 independent agencies play an important role establishing and enforcing the regulatory frameworks that govern sectors as diverse as financial securities, chemicals, nuclear weapons, and postal services. Yet, despite these essential contributions to public safety, financial security, and the public …

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Mueller’s End Ratchets Up Pressure on Richard Neal to Request Trump’s Taxes

March 25, 2019

In the coming days, advocates and lawmakers will fight to ensure that the findings of Mueller’s team are made public so that the American people may assess for themselves the results of the Special Counsel’s two-year investigation. Even as this important work unfolds, however, we must also acknowledge the limitations of the Special Counsel’s investigation. …

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RDP Requests Record of Contracts between BlackRock and Key Federal Agencies

March 20, 2019

With just under $6 trillion in assets under management (as of year-end 2018) BlackRock is the largest money manager in the world. Virtually unheard of only a decade ago, it has now grown into one of the most powerful forces in financial markets and politics alike. Central to this ascendance was its risk management software, …

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Good Medicine: Universal Paid Sick Leave

March 14, 2019

Protecting the health of workers is a crucial factor in maintaining a productive workforce. However, this objective remains inaccessible for many Americans due to the lack of universal access to paid sick leave. Over 40 million American workers still do not have access to paid sick leave and face the dilemma of either taking an …

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Coalition Asks Pelosi: Make Ways & Means Committee Do Its Job

March 14, 2019

Yesterday a coalition of good government and progressive groups sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to “to take every available step to ensure that the House Ways and Means Committee fulfills its Constitutional obligation to provide stringent oversight.” You wouldn’t think such a letter would be necessary. Given the broad public outcry at …

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Understanding Challenges of AAPI Women to Achieve Equal Pay

March 5, 2019

Today marks Equal Pay Day for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). In 2017, median earnings for Asian women in the United States — that is, those who identify themselves as “Asian alone” in the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and worked full-time, year-round — were $50,559 per year, compared to median annual earnings …

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Revolving Door Project Reacts to Richard Neal’s Announcement: Late and Weak

March 4, 2019

Don’t let the headline (“House Democrats prepare case to request Trump tax returns”) fool you: Richard Neal’s announcement of a plan to issue a request letter for Trump’s tax returns comes distressingly late — and projects to be vastly too modest in scope. Revolving Door Project, which has helped lead the way in spotlighting Neal’s …

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NY State Lawmakers Show How We Can Advance Reform in Face of Federal Gridlock

March 1, 2019

As federal policymakers shrink away from their campaign promises to request President Trump’s tax returns, state lawmakers are stepping up to take their place. On January 24, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill that would bar presidential and vice-presidential candidates from appearing on the ballot unless they released five years of federal tax returns. …

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We’re Not All Going to Be Gig Economy Workers After All

February 28, 2019

Social networks and the development of platform technologies have drastically transformed the way people live, work, and spend their money. The use of information and communication technologies has become an important aspect of jobs in occupations ranging from medical assistants to fast food operators, lawyers, steel workers, and others employed in traditional employment relations. The …

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