COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Environment & Energy, Financial Security, Politics

How to Incentivize the Government to Prevent the Next Disaster

By Emily Hoofnagle — The past two decades have afforded the United States no shortage of disasters. From Hurricane Katrina to the 2008 financial crisis, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing pandemic, each year seems to bring a new disaster, with the mega-crisis of global warming looming on the horizon. The federal government should have foreseen or avoided each of these disasters.

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Economy

Building Back America’s Labor Unions

By Samuel Murray — While unions are still prevalent across many industries, membership as a percentage of the workforce has declined by about half since 1983. In 1983, about 20% of the workforce were union members, compared with 10.8% of the workforce today.

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Economy, Education, Politics

The Case for Cancelling Student Debt

By Samuel Murray — The student debt crisis in the U.S. affects nearly one in every five adults. We are rapidly approaching $2 trillion of student debt held by over 45 million Americans. Fifty five percent of people under 30 who went to college took on debt. The U.S. must act now to alleviate this burden as a direct form of stimulus to millions of American.

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Financial Security, Politics

Congress Needs to Pass a Substantive Economic Stimulus Package

by Samuel Murray, columnist America is in an uncomfortable situation for unemployment, stimulus relief, for substantive policy action. Congress is back from Thanksgiving recess before another Christmas recess, set to formally reconvene again on January 3. Newly elected Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona was recently sworn in the Senate, and we continue to await the […]

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Economy, Environment & Energy

Biden’s Climate Plan and the Need to Fix Federal Job Training Programs

by Amanda Hermans, managing online editor Federal job training and worker assistance programs have been around in the U.S. since the New Deal-era programs implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s. The goal seems obvious: to provide opportunities and resources for training and education that will keep Americans employed through recessions, shifting industries […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic, Economy, Financial Security

Utilizing Modern Monetary Theory to Provide COVID-19 Relief to the American People

by Erin Williams, managing print editor Since the start of the COVID-19 global health pandemic, Congress has authorized approximately $3 trillion of relief to businesses, corporations, individuals, state and local governments and more. However, the largest portion of spending went toward businesses and corporations (about $1.86 trillion), more than double the amount provided for individual […]

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Economy, Election 2020, Financial Security, Housing, Politics, Race & Ethnicity

Trump’s Racist Appeal to Suburbia and Its Place in the U.S. History of Housing Segregation

by Amanda Hermans, managing online editor In July of this year, President Trump sent a series of tweets to “The Suburban Housewives of America.” “Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American Dream,” one tweet claimed. “I will preserve it, and make it even better!” Another touted, “I am happy to inform all of the […]

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