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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Government by the Few (All In with Chris Hayes)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren notes that we now have social science data that proves Occupy was right: our democracy is dominated by the wealthiest Americans.

Happy Tax Day (The New Yorker)

Benjamin Soskis examines America's esteem for charitable donors over taxpayers, drawing on Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal's piece on the "voluntarism fantasy."

Millennial Perspective: Title X is Vital, Efficient, and Largely Unknown (National Priorities Project)

Tarsi Dunlop argues that Millennials should advocate for Title X, the nation's only federally funded family planning program, because of its massive impact on the lives of low-income women.

  • Roosevelt Take: Tarsi uses data from Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn's white paper, "The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America's Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning."

Bill de Blasio’s Great Experiment (The Nation)

Jarrett Murphy looks at the New York City mayor's first 100 days, and finds that de Blasio is sticking to the progressive policies he proposed on the campaign. Unfortunately, the forces against him are strong.

Obama's Job-Training Unicorn: It's Time for Some New Ideas Already (The Guardian)

Pushing the same kind of job training programs isn't making any dent in the unemployment crisis, says Heidi Moore. She wants Congress to try something new, whether that's infrastructure fixes or direct hiring.

  • Roosevelt Take: A Roosevelt Institute report released last week, "A Bold Approach to the Jobs Emergency: 15 Ways We Can Create Good Jobs in America Today," provides more suggestions for government solutions.

New York Lawmakers Push to Raise Wages at Biggest Chains (NYT)

Kate Taylor reports that a group of New York City-based Democrats has proposed a bill to mandate a $15-an-hour minimum wage for employees of businesses with $50 million or more in annual sales.

The Toughest Cop on Wall Street You've Never Heard Of (TNR)

Benjamin Lawsky at the New York Department of Financial Services is pushing stricter penalties on banks, and David Dayen says that could push federal regulators to toughen up.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Apr 17, 2014 at 05:19 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The Real Unicorn is that companies need workers (1+ / 0-)
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    No CEO in his right mind would say that his company doesn't need any new hires--it would cause the stock to plummet instantly, because that would indicate to the market that the company in question is contracting rather than expanding.  Yet wholesale layoffs are common, to create "efficiency", when what is really happening is that consumer demand is contracting and automation both software and robotic are getting more advanced.

    New hires are no longer needed in most industries, but everyone is lying when asked.  Until the economy and consumer demand pick up, multinational companies are in a holding pattern when it comes to hires.  Liars, all.

  •  De Blasio is repeating an Obama error (1+ / 0-)
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    by not filling key positions promptly. Still no Fire Commissioner? Well at least FDNY is well-run, but the Buildings Department??? Everyone in New York who has to deal with them knows that it is a corruption-filled Kafkaesque nightmare!

  •  De Blasio's popularity will plummet (0+ / 0-)

    once the union contract negotiations get going. The city employees desperately need a pay increase -- just to give one example, NYPD officers now may 20% less than New York State Police officers. But funding these increases may require a monstrous property tax increase that will have severe negative impacts on New York City's middle class -- especially if the pay raises are to be retroactive as the unions are demanding. A major reason why NYC continues to HAVE a middle class is that property taxes are quite low compared to the suburbs, even after Bloomberg's multiple increases, but there is a limit to how much you can increase taxes before that ends. This is Bloomberg's parting gift to his successor and I do not envy De Blasio here.

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