By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal
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America's Workforce Radio (WERE 1490 AM)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch joins Ed Ferenc to discuss how organized labor has used its power to ensure a fair deal for the middle class. Richard's segment begins at 15:55.
- Roosevelt Take: Richard discusses his new report, "The Future of Work in America: Policies to Empower American Workers and Secure Prosperity for All".
Republican-Led Filibuster Blocks Minimum Wage Bill in Senate (NYT)
Jeremy W. Peters reports on yesterday's filibuster, which killed the proposed $10.10 minimum wage increase. Republicans claim they're protecting a weak economy, but Democrats say the problem is poverty wages.
Why the Minimum Wage Vote Failed Today (PolicyShop)
Heather McGee ties the minimum wage filibuster to campaign finance. The wealthiest Americans have a very different opinion on the minimum wage than others, and they're who Congress hears from most.
Why Economic Growth Ground to a Halt Last Quarter (Vox)
The harsh winter was probably a cause of the slowest economic growth since the fourth quarter of 2012, says Danielle Kurtzleben, but this early estimate of GDP is still subject to revision.
Fed to Scale Back Bond Purchases by Another $10 Billion (WaPo)
Ylan Q. Mui reports that despite the news about slow economic growth, the Federal Reserve continues to demonstrate confidence in the recovery by tapering its stimulus program.
Paul Ryan Won’t Let Poor People Testify At Hearing About Poverty (ThinkProgress)
Yesterday's hearing wasn't the first time that advocacy groups were turned away from testifying at one of Ryan's hearings, reports Bryce Covert. Experts may study poverty, but they usually aren't experiencing it themselves.