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Overdue Overtime: Why You Should Care about Obama’s New Overtime Rules

July 1, 2015 COMMENTARY BY: Mike Cassidy TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Economic Policy, Poverty

President Obama's latest order has made working overtime worthwhile again—and restored what it means to work a forty-hour work week.

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Despite Disparate Impact Ruling, U.S. Far From Fair Housing

The Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project ruling is a victory for combating racial inequality, but fair housing has a long way to go before discrimination is truly eliminated.

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The Penalty of Caring

Care work is undervalued in America. Policy associate Clio Chang discusses why it's time to recognize care's true worth.

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Tags: maternity leave, inequality, eitc, child poverty, caregivers, care workers

Will Los Angeles Enforce Its Minimum Wage?

The recent minimum wage increase in the city of Los Angeles is a win for the state, but will it be enforced so workers reap the benefits of the new law?

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Do Community Colleges Deserve Better Funding?

Last week, TCF senior fellow Rick Kahlenberg released "How Higher Education Funding Shortchanges Community Colleges," a report shedding light on the consequences of the inequality in funding between community colleges and four-year institutions. An article today in CBS MoneyWatch discusses the report's findings and the political landscape of community college funding. 

A major conclusion of the Century Foundation study is that trying to educate community college students on the cheap isn't working.
One consequence of inadequate resources is the dismal graduation record of two-year colleges. While 81 percent of first-time community college students say they want to earn at least a bachelor's degree, only 12 percent manage to do so after six years of trying. During the same period, two-thirds of students haven't earned an associate's degree or a certificate.

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Tags: education inequality, education funding, education, community colleges, community college

Costs and Consequences of the War on Drugs

By Patrick Radden Keefe

TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty, Additional Focus, War on Drugs

In this series, TCF senior fellow Patrick Radden Keefe takes stock of the history of—and the damage done—by America's decades-long war on drugs. 

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