Friday, May 29, 2015
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Photo: U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

America’s Tax Code Is Broken, But The Rubio-Lee Plan Won’t Fix It

The GOP’s new tax plan wouldn’t solve inequality — it would exacerbate it.

March 6, 2015
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Guns On Campus: Not An Agenda For Women’s Safety

Allowing guns on campus won’t reduce sexual assault on campus — instead, it will increase the risk of homicide.

February 25, 2015
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After Four Decades With Roe, U.S. Women Still Need Abortion Access, And So Much More

As economic inequality takes center stage in politics, it’s important to remember that reproductive justice and bodily autonomy are just as essential for secure lives.

January 23, 2015
2015 State of the Union address

Obama’s ‘Middle-Class Economics’ Has To Be About Fairness And Prosperity

The fairer “middle-class economics” described in the State of the Union are also the right policies to help the economy grow.

January 22, 2015
Maternal Death Clock Unveiled in New York

Is Inequality Killing U.S. Mothers?

Something must be done about the United States’ embarrassing maternal mortality figures.

January 15, 2015
Chris Van Hollen

Van Hollen Tax Proposal An Economic And Political Home Run

Democrats are finally having the economic conversation they want.

January 13, 2015
Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer And The Democrats’ Identity Crisis: Economic Policy Vs. Rhetoric

A populist message can’t save the Democratic Party if its leaders continue to serve Wall Street.

December 22, 2014
Hillary Clinton stumps for Minnesota's Al Franken and Mark Dayton

News Flash: Progressives Have A Winning Economic Narrative — And Democrats Who Used It Won

Democrats can connect with voters by telling a story about how they’ll make the economy work for all of us.

November 11, 2014
Georgia Voter

How Will Georgia Voters Turn Out For Equal Pay?

A close look at the Peach State Senate race.

November 3, 2014
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In Colorado, A Question Of Personhood

Women’s health is on the ballot in Colorado.

October 31, 2014
Texas

A Crisis Turned Catastrophe In Texas

The latest decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will bring Texan women to the brink.

October 3, 2014
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Fighting Bad Science In The Senate

The Senate hearing for the Women’s Health Protection Act shows just how important it is for women’s health advocates to push for the facts. The propensity of anti-choice advocates to eulogize false science was on full display on Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA). That bill is a bold measure that would counter […]

July 17, 2014
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Port Drivers Take On Low Wages In An Industry Built On A Lie

Port truck drivers aren’t independent contractors: They’re employees of companies that pay them too little for long hours, with no benefits or worker protections. It’s a David and Goliath story, only in this case there are 120 Davids taking on a hidden Goliath of an industry that every day touches everyone who is reading this in hundreds […]

July 14, 2014
Money

CEO Performance Pay Is Bad For Everyone Except CEOs

Executive compensation is soaring while workers and taxpayers feel the squeeze. A new Roosevelt Institute white paper explains why. Americans hate the fact that CEOs of big corporations keep raking in millions while the incomes of most American households are sinking. Now a new Roosevelt Institute white paper by University of Massachusetts economist William Lazonick adds to the growing case […]

June 6, 2014
Joseph Stiglitz

The Stiglitz Code: How Taxing Capital Can Counter Inequality

Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that tax reform is the key to addressing inequality in a new Roosevelt Institute paper released today. Click here to listen to Stiglitz describe the key arguments of the paper. Click here to read his recent congressional testimony on why inequality matters and what can be done about it. The American economy is at a crossroads. […]

May 28, 2014
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For U.S. Mothers, Conservative Policies Can Be Deadly

This post is the first in the Roosevelt Institute’s National Women’s Health Week series, which will address pressing issues affecting the health and economic security of women and families in the United States. Today, a look at why conservative policies at the state level are leading to increased maternal mortality rates. For much of the […]

May 12, 2014
At scene of Nevada ranch standoff, ‘citizen soldiers’ are on guard

Cliven Bundy’s Window Into The War On The Poor

Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime. […]

May 5, 2014
Charging Bull

The Pay’s The Thing: How America’s CEOs Are Getting Rich Off Taxpayers

Income inequality will continue to rise unless we close the performance pay loophole and curb the growth of executive compensation. For more, see “Fixing a Hole: How the Tax Code for Executive Pay Distorts Economic Incentives and Burdens Taxpayers,” by Susan Holmberg and Lydia Austin. It’s proxy season again, and we will soon be deluged with news […]

April 21, 2014
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In The Wake Of McCutcheon, Can Democracy Tame Capital?

With wealth concentrating in the hands of the few, and the Supreme Court handing even greater political power to those with big money, what can be done to protect democracy? The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision, making it even easier for the rich to buy political power, highlights the big question raised by Thomas Piketty’s new instant economic […]

April 4, 2014
mcdonalds strike

Taking On Big-Business Wage Theft

Lawsuits show that the fight against wage theft is heating up, but workers shouldn’t have to sue their employers to get paid what they’re owed. Despite the extensive press coverage of the fight of fast-food workers for a $15 hourly wage, one recent development hasn’t gotten much attention: fast-food workers around the country have started […]

April 2, 2014
obamacare

The ACA In Threes: The Good, The Bad And The Ways To Make It Better

With the first open enrollment period ending Monday, consider some successes, outrages, and bug fixes for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Good: Three Big Successes of ACA: The Affordable Care Act is saving people’s lives: Already. Like Kathy Bentzoni, a Pennsylvania schoolbus driver, who dropped her old insurance because it was expensive and rejecting claims […]

April 1, 2014
don't take my birth control

The Contraceptive Mandate Finally Leads America Out Of The Victorian Era

The Affordable Care Act demonstrates an affirmative, proactive step from government for women’s access to reproductive health care, but conservatives are bent on moving backwards. Contraception should be understood as a fundamental right of American women and a necessary foundation of human security. If that seems controversial, consider this: 99 percent of American women approve of birth […]

March 31, 2014
don't take my birth control

Memo To Congress: Family Planning Needs More Funding

On Thursday, March 20, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn joined the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for a briefing on “The Publicly Funded Family Planning Network: An Essential Partner in the New Health Care Environment.” Her prepared remarks are below. The Affordable Care Act represents an historic investment in the health of American women and […]

March 23, 2014
Volkswagen worker

In VW Vote, Republicans Fight The Really Radical Idea That Workers Should Have A Voice In Business

When a company is not fighting against a union, why do that union’s efforts fail — and what does that say about the U.S. model for labor? Current management theory recognizes that businesses do better when employees are involved in decision making. But that trend ran smack into the paternalistic view that workers are replaceable […]

February 19, 2014
Tim Armstrong

AOL’s CEO Proves Women And Children Make Easy Scapegoats In The Workplace

The law has put maternity care on an equal footing with other health benefits for decades — but some executives still haven’t caught up. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong recently ignited a firestorm of criticism when he announced the company would be restructuring its retirement benefits. Armstrong explained that the financial burden of Obamacare and the deliveries of […]

February 14, 2014
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