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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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A Promise Cuomo Can Keep (Albany Times Union)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jonathan Soros and Frederick A.O. Schwartz call on New York's Governor Cuomo to avoid compromise on public campaign financing where concessions just extend a corrupt status quo.

The Tea Party and Wall Street Might Not Be Best Friends Forever, But They Are for Now (TNR)

Tea Party Republicans in Congress insist that the financial crisis was all government's fault, says Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal. That narrative, and the corresponding legislative agenda, couldn't make Wall Street happier.

Why Charity Can’t Replace the Safety Net (Slate)

Jordan Weissmann praises Mike Konczal's recent piece in Democracy Journal, emphasizing that charity can't replace government aid during recessions. Charitable donations drop just when need rises.

All Economics Is Local (NYT)

Raising the local minimum wage is an effective step towards reducing inequality, say Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs. Moreover, their research shows that low-income industries can absorb the increase and benefit from greater employee retention. 

Payday Lending: The Loans with 350% Interest and a Grip on America (The Guardian)

David Dayen explains the vast regulatory conundrum of these predatory loans. He lays out how state and national regulators, Congress, and the Justice Department are working side-by-side, but often a step behind lenders.

The End of Jobs? (In These Times)

Sarah Jaffe argues that under our current system, the shrinking of secure full-time work increases inequality. Instead, we could restructure our economy to push for a universal basic income and shorter working hours.

New on Next New Deal

Memo to Congress: Family Planning Needs More Funding

In her remarks at a Congressional briefing last week, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn explains why publicly funded family planning needs to expand as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. 

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 05:10 AM PDT.

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  •  The Roberts Court in Arizona Free Enterprise Club, (1+ / 0-)
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    Betty Pinson

    established the rule of separate but unequal, public funding not to match private funding. New York would have to defy the Court to protect its system, which would be a positive development. The states have powers over elections which the Court trampled on with regards to Montana in American Tradition Partnership. Even better, proponents of corruption reform in New York should abolish private funding and declare Citizens United nullified.

  •  I'm not sure that most people are clear about (4+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, psyched, Egalitare, jbsoul

    what corruption is.
    In this case, it seems useful to go back to the Bible, where it is clearly asserted that a man cannot serve two masters. So, in effect, corruption arises from the vow to serve one and then actually serving another, whether for pay or some other consideration. That's why compromise doesn't work. It really is an either/or situation. Which makes it curious that our binary friends don't seem to understand it.

    Anyway, in practical terms, we pay public officials to serve the public interest. When they then sell themselves out to private or special interests, they're corrupt.
    On the other hand, the essence of the corruption is not in the acceptance of a secondary payment; rather, it lies in the violation of the vow.

    So, for example, a prosecutor who acts to enhance his own reputation, rather than serve the interest of justice is corrupt, even though no additional payment is involved. He's sold out to his own ego. Which is something Chris Christie the federal prosecutor might well have been accused of.

    People enhancing their own reputations at the expense of justice are corrupt. Making self-dealing legal merely provides evidence that the law can also be corrupt--as it was when slavery was legal.

    by hannah on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 06:35:43 AM PDT

  •  The End Of Jobs (1+ / 0-)
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    How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

    Money in politics,

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 08:43:15 PM PDT

  •  For some reason I just can't get past it... (0+ / 0-)

    Co-author on the NY finance reform proposal is FAO Schwarz [SIC - diarist misspelled it], apparently great-grandson and namesake of the toy company founder.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 11:59:44 PM PDT

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