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Letter to the Editor: Essentials for a New La Guardia

In a new Letter to the Editor published in the New York Times, TCF policy associate Jacob Anbinder makes the case for why Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia's name should remain on the New York City airport.

The suggestion that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey rename La Guardia Airport when it undergoes renovation is a tragic reflection of how little heed we now pay to how our most vital infrastructure was built.

Read Anbinder's full case here.

Why Congress Should Give Working Families a Break

America’s approach to family leave should take a page from the playbook of elite athletes.


“It’s really long overdue”: Why Obama’s New Anti-segregation Rules Are Coming Decades Late

This month, the Obama administration announced a new effort to fight segregation in housing policy. In an interview with Salon, TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky, who has studied residential segregation extensively, discusses the new initiative.

Think about it for a minute: At the beginning of the big wave for suburbanization, if there had been in that point in time a concerted effort to make sure that all these new communities that developed had a wide range of housing types, we could have in the process of suburbanizing really achieved a remarkable amount of desegregation. At that time, going back to the 1970s, cities were highly segregated, so all you had to do was desegregate the suburbs at that period of time, and you would’ve seen a lot of progress. Instead, we’ve perpetuated segregation by creating mostly white, mostly wealthy suburban enclaves around the major metropolitan areas. It was a real missed opportunity.

The full interview is available here.

Tags: housing segregation, housing policy

In Labor Victory, Fast Food Workers in New York Will Get a $15 Minimum Wage

New York approved a $15 minimum wage for its fast-food workers this week. The decision has prompted some concern that prices will rise as a result—but, as TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy tells the Washington Post's Lydia DePillis, this has an upside:

Besides, if prices do go up, there could be a health-related silver lining, said Mike Cassidy, a policy associate at the research-minded Century Foundation. “It’s like a tax on fast food that we don’t want people eating anyway.”

DePillis's full article is available here.

Tags: minimum wage increase, minimum wage, fight for 15, economic policy

Atlanta’s MARTA Expansion: An 8 Billion Dollar Step in the Right Direction

Atlanta's public transportation could use an upgrade to make up for MARTA's scrawny layout, which excludes major parts of the metro area and leaves many residents isolated from the city's economic development.


An Economic Agenda that Supports Working Families

TCF fellow Julie Kashen is senior policy adviser for the Make It Work campaign, which advocates for policies designed to improve the lives of working families. In The Gazette, she argues for the importance of these issues in the context of the 2016 presidential campaign:

Who are the Make It Work voters? They’re the vast majority of voters who support an economic agenda that will help families “make it work” in their day-to-day life. This agenda includes equal pay for equal work; raising the minimum wage; quality and affordable child and long-term care; paid sick days and paid family leave; flexible, predictable work schedules, and fair treatment for pregnant workers.

Kashen's full column is available here.

Tags: work schedules, minimum wage, equal pay, economic policy, child care, 2016 election


Workers & Economic Inequality

Workers & Economic Inequality

In recent decades, and especially since 2000, the richest Americans have enjoyed soaring income and wealth while the rest of the population's living standards have stagnated. The Century Foundation was one of the first institutions to raise serious concerns about these trends and propose ideas for improving economic conditions for all Americans- not just the fortunate few.

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