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Why Congress Should Give Working Families a Break

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

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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.

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Chicago Is Making Bike Share Ultra-cheap for Poor People. Will It Matter?

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?

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Tags: public transportation, public transit ridership, poverty, low-income, infrastructure, chicago

How to Combat Corporate Short-Termism: Ideas from a Prescient Task Force

Hillary Clinton's recent speech at the New School focused on economic issues, some of which could be addressed by reviewing the policy proposals cited in a TCF task force report.

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The Constraints of Poverty on Open Choice: A Baltimore Case Study

A case study of Baltimore students who are given the opportunity to choose which high school to attend shows evidence that school choice is a worthy program, but often misused.

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Yes, growth can be boosted without raising the deficit

Many people object to using fiscal policy to stimulate the economy during periods of slow growth because of fears that it will increase the deficit substantially. TCF fellow Mark Thoma writes that, in fact, there are ways to stimulate growth that have little effect on the deficit—namely, financing new spending in full from taxation and income redistribution. 

We can stimulate the economy without changing the government debt at all, and such polices would impose the largest burden on those who are most able to absorb it, the wealthy. But what's missing is the political will needed to implement these policies—the willingness of those who have the most to help those who are struggling the most in bad economic times.  

The full column is available here.

Tags: stimulus, inequality, economic policy

 

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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