America’s approach to family leave should take a page from the playbook of elite athletes.READ MORE
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.
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.
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.READ MORE
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.
Chicago's Divvy bike share network is launching a program to make ultra-affordable transportation a reality for city residents, but will this move have a larger impact on transportation policy in the Windy City?READ MORE
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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