It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage in Los Angeles
Increasing the minimum wage in Los Angeles is an important step in providing hardworking Americans with a better opportunity to get ahead, while giving the economy a much-needed boost. Read more →
The Academy Awards of Voter Suppression
There are unfortunately many worthy candidates vying for recognition when it comes to denying access to the ballot box, but this year’s awards go to the individuals and groups that stand out from all the rest.
Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress
After the warmest year in recorded history, a shocking number of congressional Republicans deny or question the science behind human-caused climate change.
Labor and Work
Top 5 Facts About the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ Executive Order
Two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee will jointly debate President Barack Obama’s most recent contracting executive order today. The order helps fix a broken system and protects taxpayers, law-abiding businesses, and millions of American workers.
Infographic: The Middle Class Needs Unions
As union membership has declined, the share of income going to the middle class has shrunk.
Race and Ethnicity
The Ridiculous Premise of Romney 2016: Champion of the Poor
No amount of repackaging can change the fact that Mitt Romney’s economic policies would devastate the poor and prove catastrophic for struggling American families.
State of the States Report 2014
Report To make substantive change and dramatically reduce poverty and inequality in the United States, we must harness the momentum on the state and local level.
Building Local Momentum for National Change
Report Progress on passing policies to cut poverty at the national level remains frustratingly stagnant, but an anti-poverty agenda is building momentum at the local level.
Labor and Work
Unions Are Among the Very Few Interest Groups that Represent the Middle Class
Unions provide the middle class a much-needed voice in the policymaking process, and their decline portends further trouble for most Americans.
Backfire: Republican Rhetoric in 2014 Will Be an Albatross for 2016
Issue Brief While Republicans’ far-right positions may help drive the conservative base in 2014, many of their actions and messages risk alienating the rising American electorate of 2016—Latinos, Millennials, African Americans, and women.
10 Things to Expect Next Year If Republicans Win the Senate
Issue Brief Progressive issues from health care to the environment are at stake in this year’s election.
Kochonomics in Wisconsin and North Carolina
Report How the Koch brothers and their network created a system that benefits their bottom line regardless of everyone else.
Issue Brief In an economic climate where Colorado’s leaders should be fighting to expand the middle class, Rep. Cory Gardner’s policy positions on women’s health and women’s economic security would squeeze the budgets of working women and their families even more.
Labor and Work
New Census Data Once Again Illustrate Importance of Unions to the Middle Class
Strong unions are necessary to maintain a robust middle class. If action is not taken to prevent their further erosion, the middle class’ share of America’s economic gains may continue to shrink.