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The Growing Consensus to Improve Our Tax Code

book_alt2 icon Report Despite the political gridlock over taxes, there are actually many areas on which both sides agree. Policymakers should start here to improve our tax system.

By Harry Stein, Alexandra Thornton, and John Craig | Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Asset Limits Are a Barrier to Economic Security and Mobility

article icon Issue Brief It is long past due to reform asset limits for safety net programs that work at odds with the goals of family economic security and mobility.

By Rebecca Vallas and Joe Valenti | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Corporate Profits and Taxes

bars icon Charts Corporate profits now constitute a record-breaking share of total national income, while corporate taxes contribute a declining share of total federal revenues.

By Harry Stein | Monday, September 15, 2014

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Keep Calm and Muddle Through

book_alt2 icon Report As the retirement crisis looms, retirement preparedness—not muddling through—should act as the guiding principle for policymakers.

By Christian E. Weller and David Madland | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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300 Million Engines of Growth

book_alt2 icon Report For America to lead innovation in the 21st century, we have to make sure that our people are skilled and educated, operating in an economic environment that is conducive to their success and that allows them to compete at home and abroad.

By Jennifer Erickson and Michael Ettlinger | Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Millions of Americans Are Outside the Financial System

article icon Fact Sheet New data from the FDIC reaffirm that many families lack bank accounts or are otherwise underserved by the financial system.

By Joe Valenti | Thursday, October 30, 2014

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October 2014

article icon Issue Brief Congress needs to play its part in building a postrecession economy for everyone and not just the wealthy few.

By Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum | Monday, October 27, 2014

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The Unequal Mortgage Market Is No Coincidence

The housing industry and Congress need to address the massive disparities that persist in the housing market and the economy based on the color of one’s skin.

By Michela Zonta | Monday, October 20, 2014

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A Win-Win for Working Families and State Budgets

book_alt2 icon Report Increasing the minimum wage in concert with expanding Medicaid would not only boost the incomes of low-wage working families and increase access to healthcare but would also be a boon to state budgets.

By Rachel West and Michael Reich | Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Retailer Revelations

book_alt2 icon Report America’s retailers need a strong and expanding middle class. That’s why it’s time for retailers to back a policy agenda that addresses middle-class weakness and stagnant wages, which will boost the economy and grow corporate bottom lines.

By Brendan Duke and Ike Lee | Monday, October 13, 2014

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The Good News of Accelerating Job Growth is Tempered by Lagging Wages

With the pace of job creation increasing, communities of color are finally feeling effects of the recovery, but the wages of all working Americans still remain stagnant.

By Michael Madowitz | Monday, October 6, 2014

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