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Notes from the field: Celebrating Pride at the Ann Arbor YMCA

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By Tony Kayumi, President & CEO of the Ann Arbor YMCA Note: This is the first installment of 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. As the […]

Investing not incentivizing: Birmingham’s novel approach to retaining high-tech companies

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By Josh Carpenter Aug 15, 2018 Late last year, the Birmingham grocery delivery company Shipt was sold to Target for $550 million. The rapid growth of the company represents the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that are re-defining a new generation of builders in Birmingham. Shipt’s success invigorated the innovation ecosystem in Birmingham, garnered national attention, and […]

Dealing all of our communities into the bargain

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By Don Graves Aug 8, 2018 There are good reasons for people to believe that the American economy has recovered from the dark economic days of a decade ago, when our financial system was on the verge of collapse and housing values seemed to decline on a daily basis. Today’s optimism is driven by record […]

Meet the new class of It’s On Us Regional Advisors

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By Silvia Zenteno, Biden Fellow for Violence Against Women Initiatives It’s On Us and the Biden Foundation are excited to announce the new class of Regional Advisors for the 2018-19 school year. The Regional Advisors are students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through their work with It’s On Us during their college careers. The summit […]

A stronger EITC to grow the middle class

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By Ben Harris Aug 1, 2018 A slowly shrinking middle class has reignited efforts by policymakers to find new pathways to the middle class. To be sure, public education, a fair and competitive labor market, and a vibrant national infrastructure are key components. But one program has stood out for its impact on the well-being […]

Gender wage equity is a middle-class must

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By Mayor Martin J. Walsh Jul 25, 2018 When I became Mayor of Boston in 2014, I knew the bad news on pay equity. If we did nothing, the gender pay gap in Massachusetts wouldn’t close until 2058. We had to stop talking about gender-based gaps and start working to close them. Equal pay is too important an […]

Emergency expenses are common. Financial security is not.

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By Greg Nantz Jul 18, 2018 Two summers ago, while on a bike ride with some friends, I smacked straight into a large plastic divider that had been placed in the middle of a bike lane. When I hit the divider, I flew face-first off my bike, knocking out my two front teeth and booking a […]

Ten steps toward a more competitive labor market

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By Sharon Block, Benjamin Elga & David Seligman Jul 11, 2018 There is no doubt that workers’ bargaining power is on the decline. Workers aren’t seeing the increase in wages that they’ve been waiting for since the end of the Great Recession. Notwithstanding historically low unemployment numbers, wages for American workers in “production and nonsupervisory” positions […]