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America Gets Summer Vacation All Wrong (U.S. News & World Report)

Pat Garofalo points out the dissonance between long summer vacations for students, which lead to learning losses, and the United States' lack of paid vacation time for workers.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Director of Operations Sarah Pfeifer Vandekerckhove and Policy Intern Candace Richardson look at possible solutions to low-income students' summer learning losses.

Buying a Home: The American Dream That Won’t Die (MSNBC)

Suzy Khimm looks at post-housing crisis options for low-income would-be homeowners. Opportunities are limited, and there is continued discrimination against minorities seeking mortgages.

Democrats Push Bill to Reverse Supreme Court Ruling on Contraceptives (NYT)

The bill could hit the Senate floor as early as next week, reports Robert Pear, but it faces long odds in the House, since Speaker Boehner approves of the Hobby Lobby decision.

  • Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn explains how the Hobby Lobby and McCullen rulings increase the barriers to women accessing health care.

Corporate Tax Scam Watch: The 'Inversion' Craze (LA Times)

Michael Hiltzik explains why companies look to "inversions," corporate restructuring in a foreign country, to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and considers possible remedies.

NFL Cheerleaders Got An Early Advantage In Their Lawsuit Against The Buffalo Bills (Business Insider)

A judge said the evidence supports the Buffalo cheerleaders' claim that they are employees of the NFL team, reports Allan Smith, which allows their wage theft case to move forward.

New on Next New Deal

Detroit's Revitalization Funds Could Re-Empower Residents, Too

Roosevelt Summer Academy Fellow Dominic Rushe lays out one way Detroit could introduce participatory budgeting, allowing citizens to help decide where community development funds are most needed.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:15 AM PDT.

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  •  America gets so much wrong, I sometimes wonder (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, cowdab

    how we got this far.  Time to institute the Second Bill of Rights and make it stick in perpetuity.  If we can't get this done, we should cede greatest nation status.  We the people are now we the corporations.  And the corporations don't acknowledge the importance of their employees, or seemingly at all.

    My rather radical suggestion would be to require all corporations that have over 500 employees (no matter where in the world they are) reincorporate.  Sorry shareholders, you will take a back seat to the employees.  The employees should be given 60% of the stock, have same percentage representation on the board (cycling through so that at some point every employee has a seat on the board).  They should pay taxes on all income over 6%, that would encourage (hopefully) corporations to start paying employees a fair wage.  I'd rather see them maximize expenses directly related to employee compensation than have to pay taxes.  Either way it would put more liquidity in our rather non-liquid economy.

    Our motto should be:  Money needs to circulate, or else it serves no purpose.

    "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

    by ditsylilg on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 06:25:17 AM PDT

  •  I am tired of hearing people state: (1+ / 0-)
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    "I don't want to pay for your birth control.

    My response from now on will be "I didn't get your check, is it still in the mail".

  •  that Stiglitz paper was just awful. (0+ / 0-)

    errors, sloppy analysis, crazy policy.

  •  Who the hell wants to go to (0+ / 0-)

    school in July, Aug.?  Kids need to be kids for two months.  Play outside.  Okay, nobody plays outside anymore, they're too busy with tablets and play stations.
    Let them do that.

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    by winkk on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 11:13:45 PM PDT

    •  Here, we have year round calendars. (0+ / 0-)

      4 different tracks, 3 of which are in school at the same time and they rotate, so the school can accommodate 33% more students.

      A by-product of this is that the longest break anyone gets is 5 weeks (when butted up against Christmas) and most breaks are 3-4 weeks, but they still go to school the normal number of days (180 here).

      Teachers go with the tracks (so 9-month employees), but support staff are 11-12 month employees.

      My daughter gets July off, others are off in June or August.

      Unfortunately, this schedule only "works" for pre-high school because of high school sports.

      There is no "path" to choose. The path is what is behind you that led you to today. What lies in front of you is not a fork in the road - a choice of paths to take, but rather an empty field for you to blaze your own direction.

      by cbabob on Thu Jul 10, 2014 at 05:15:54 AM PDT

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