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We need a safety net that protects low-wage workers

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By Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach Oct 3, 2019 The economy is back to health after a drawn-out recovery from the Great Recession. Today the unemployment rate is less than 4 percent, and more people are rejoining the labor force. Unfortunately, despite recent progress, the U.S. is still falling well short of its potential, with the share of […]

Notes from the field: Inclusivity at the Y

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By Liz T., Camp Counselor at YMCA Camp Tockwogh (YMCA of Delaware) Note: This is part off a blog series authored by leaders from the ten YMCAs participating in the Biden Foundation and YMCA of the USA’s LGBTQ Inclusion and Equity Initiative. Learn more about the initiative and get additional updates here. Ever since I was […]

American manufacturing needs investment, not isolation

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By Jared Bernstein Sep 20, 2018 International trade policy has become a source of great anxiety under our current chaotic presidential leadership. Instead of amplifying the benefits of globalization and ameliorating its downsides, current policies are needlessly alienating allies (raise your hand if you believe Canada and Europe are security threats) and actively weighing on […]

Want to rebuild the middle class? Strengthen manufacturing.

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By Andrew Stettner Sep 17, 2018 What does it mean to be middle class in America? Some would argue it now means so many different things that the term has lost its meaning. But for families and communities in the Great Lakes region, one image universal to the American experience endures: families supported by good-paying manufacturing […]

Five tips for back-to-school success for community college students

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By Lauren Ford, Biden Fellow for Higher Education From preschool to college, August and September is “Back to School” season. Having worked in higher education for the past eight years, I’ve noted that each year students have the same nervousness, fears, and questions about entering college. In community colleges, especially, much of the uncertainty surrounding […]

Workforce readiness must be a shared responsibility

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By Mayor Mark Stodola Sep 12, 2018 Education is not just about academic preparation. That’s why many 11th- and 12th-grade students in the city of Little Rock are figuring out life after graduation by getting their hands dirty — quite literally, in some cases. Rather than spending all of their time in the four walls of a school […]

Congress will need to pass another tax bill. Here’s what it should do.

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By Ben Harris Last December’s $1.5 trillion tax cut likely left many Americans with the impression that our tax code was settled for the time being. Then, the Trump administration recently called for a $100 billion capital gains tax cut through the indexing of investment gains. While the administration’s strategy of bypassing Congress to pass a tax […]

Back-to-school advice from the future, for military-connected kids

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By Maggie Phillips, Biden Fellow for Military Families Maggie Phillips (second from right) with her classmates on the first day of 6th grade in Heidelberg, Germany. It’s the end of a long summer day.  My kids’ interactions are approaching “Hunger Games” territory. Something that happened this morning feels like it happened days ago. My children, […]

How Conscious Capitalism creates businesses where everyone thrives

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By Kip Tindell I passionately believe that the best way to change the world is to change the world of business. To do this, we need to rethink the motivation behind businesses in the first place. Milton Friedman once famously said that the only reason for a corporation to exist is to maximize the return to […]