By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal
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Why Democrats’ Doomed Family Leave Bill Matters (MSNBC)
Irin Carmon argues that even though there's almost no chance of Congress passing it, the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act ensures that issues of caregiving and economic justice are in the news. It also creates an opportunity to push back on the GOP's brand of "family values."
N.Y.U. Graduate Assistants to Join Auto Workers’ Union (NYT)
Steven Greenhouse reports on the graduate assistants' overwhelming support for unionizing. As the only graduate assistants' union recognized by a private university, the union hopes to create better conditions that would also make NYU's programs more attractive to applicants.
Only Progressives Care About Public Investment (The Blog of the Century)
Andrew Fieldhouse writes that while centrists claim to want adequate funding for public investment, their budget proposals suggest otherwise. Increased public investment requires increased revenue, and only the Congressional Progressive Caucus's budget proposal has enough.
The War Over Austerity Is Over. Republicans Won. (MoJo)
Kevin Drum pulls from the work of conservative wonk Yuval Levin to discuss the shift in the conversation on government spending. He notes that the Murray-Ryan budget deal sets spending lower than the original Ryan budget, which was seen as pretty extreme only a couple of years ago.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick says that Stanley Fischer is too much of an austerian and too doctrinaire to be the best choice for Janet Yellen's Vice Chair. He points to the 1997 Asian financial crisis for evidence that Fischer will put ideology first.
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Bo Cutter argues in favor of Fischer's diverse background and his experience in difficult policymaking arenas. With the Republicans preparing to evaluate and examine the Fed, Bo suggests that Fischer will be a valuable resource for Yellen.
Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network National Field Strategist Joelle Gamble argues that it's time to consider new ways to push back against economic inequality. Cities and towns should provide innovative incentives to businesses that encourage the right kind of economic growth.