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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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What's the Deal: How Can We Grade Universities On Their Local Economic Impact? (YouTube)

Roosevelt Institute Associate Director of Networked Initiatives Alan Smith and NYU student Eugenia Kim explain the Campus Network's Rethinking Communities Initiative and how universities can promote local development.

Don't Be Fooled: The Fed's New Rule Lets Banks Off Easy (TNR)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal says that increased leverage ratio requirements aren't the end-all solution to Too Big To Fail, even though they are a strong regulatory tool.

Does Christianity Really Prefer Charity to Government Welfare? (The Week)

Elizabeth Stoker agrees with Mike Konczal: the social safety net allows private charities to function better. She also argues for the safety net from a Christian perspective.

  • Roosevelt Take: Stoker's piece responds to Mike's recent essay on "the voluntarism fantasy" in Democracy Journal.

Missing Ingredient on Minimum Wage: A Motivated G.O.P. (NYT)

The last three minimum wage increases have involved a president working with a congressional leader from the other party. John Harwood says President Obama seems unlikely to find such a partner.

Yes, Being a Woman Makes You Poorer (TAP)

Monica Potts lays out the complexities of the wage gap, and emphasizes that blaming the gap on women's choices ignores the realities of those choices. Wage gap deniers seem to suggest that gender discrimination doesn't exist.

The Safety Net Catches the Middle Class More Than the Poor (WaPo)

Safety net spending has increased since the 1990s, but not for those in deep poverty, writes Catherine Rampell. Paul Ryan's budget proposal takes the idea of supporting the "deserving" over the most needy even further.

MAP: In 31 States, Daycare Is More Expensive Than College (MoJo)

Erika Eichelberger looks at a comparison of the cost of in-state college tuition and infant daycare from Child Care Aware America. The growing cost of childcare may help explain a recent increase in stay-at-home mothers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:28 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  I think the impact is harder to see (4+ / 0-)

    in a large city where you have a more diverse economy.  In a small town, in a rural area, the economic impact it clear.  My university is the largest employer in this corner of the state, is one of the employers that have always provided health insurance for even low-paid (full-time) employees (so even though the salaries are shockingly low for staff the availability of insurance makes the jobs desirable), and there is a significant impact on the public schools because there isn't much in the way of privates (all religious and none effectively at the high school level) and faculty want their kids to have a good educational experience.  The money that our students bring in from elsewhere is significant as well, and rentals are a bit "industry" here in town.  

    So in a small town the impact is very very clear.

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