Building an Economy for All

Economic growth must be built on the foundation of a strong and secure middle class so that all Americans, not just those at the top, benefit from growth.

A child holds hands with her father and mother, January 12, 2020. (Getty/The Washington Post/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)

What We're Doing

Investing in a stronger and more equitable economy

We must continue to invest in research, technology, and innovation in a manner that ensures participation and benefits communities that are too often left behind. Only through such an approach can the United States remain at the cutting edge in an increasingly competitive global market.

Strengthening worker power and economic mobility

We need to increase wages, reduce poverty among working families, increase worker power, and create pathways to economic mobility for all.

Raising the floor for basic living standards

Working toward a stronger and more equitable economy for everyone involves rebuilding, expanding, and strengthening America’s social safety net to make it more comprehensive in eligibility and services as well as more flexible in how it can be accessed and used.

Creating a new social compact with business

A new social compact with business includes a regulatory vision that better aligns investors, companies, and the public interest on critical matters such as climate, workers’ rights, and equality.

By the numbers

60M

The families of more than 60 million children have received CTC monthly payments since July 2021.

CAP, “Making the CTC and EITC Expansions Permanent Would Reduce Poverty and Grow the Economy” (2021).

$100

In 32 states, a typical family would save more than $100 per week on child care under the Build Back Better Act.

CAP, “The Build Back Better Act Would Greatly Lower Families’ Child Care Costs” (2021).

$22.5B

In a year, workers and their families lose $22.5 billion in wages due to lack of access to paid family and medical leave.

CAP, “A Real Recovery for Women Cannot Happen Without the Build Back Better Agenda” (2021).

$3.6T

The Build Back Better Act would raise $3.6 trillion in revenue to support investments in an inclusive, high-growth economy.

CAP, “Addressing Tax System Failings That Favor Billionaires and Corporations” (2021).

Recent work

Latest

President Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda Fact Sheet

President Trump’s Anti-Worker Agenda

President Trump promised to defend “forgotten workers,” but his administration has instead advanced an anti-worker agenda that favors corporate interests at the expense of working-class Americans.

Saharra Griffin, Malkie Wall

The Bush Tax Plan Fact Sheet
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The Bush Tax Plan

Jeb Bush claims to support a “right to rise,” but his tax plan would keep the wealthy on top.

Ryan Erickson, Brendan Duke

Opportunity for Some Fact Sheet
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Opportunity for Some

Gov. Jeb Bush has presented himself as a moderate candidate who wants to restore Americans’ right to rise up the economic ladder. But his affirmative action ban lowered access to college in Florida and decreased economic opportunity.

Kristen Ellingboe, Anna Chu

It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage in Los Angeles Fact Sheet
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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.