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The weakening bond between millennials and the middle class

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By Peter Levine May 2, 2018 Americans born between 1985 and 2004, known as “millennials,” are numerous enough that their generation will dominate the electorate for decades to come. Political commentators often depict millennials as egalitarian, activist, and relatively well-educated, and thus poised to support a middle-class economic agenda. But that portrait describes just a minority […]

Will LGBTQ equality be a prime consideration for Amazon?

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By Gautam Raghavan Recently, high stakes betters are shifting their focus from March Madness to an even more intense and high stakes contest: the selection of Amazon’s second headquarters (“HQ2”). Competition for Amazon’s second headquarters has been fierce. Last October, nearly 250 proposals representing 54 North American states, provinces, and territories were submitted for Amazon’s […]

Recognizing bravery and inspiring action at the Biden Courage Awards

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By Tracey Vitchers, Executive Director of It’s On Us On Wednesday, April 18th, It’s On Us and the Biden Foundation hosted the Courage Awards at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. Activists, influencers, and movement leaders gathered to celebrate four student leaders for their dedicated work to stop sexual assault in their communities. […]

Fixing America’s startup slowdown

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By Seth London and Bradley Tusk Apr 18, 2018 Photo: Mike Petrucci / Unsplash In a few weeks, the American economy should have something to celebrate — nine years of uninterrupted economic expansion. Since June 2009, the stock market’s value has nearly tripled, the economy has grown nearly 40 percent, and both unemployment and inflation are at record lows. But […]

Higher and more equitable pay through more transparent wages

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By Sarah Bianchi and Ben Harris Apr 11, 2018 Photo: Brooke Lark / Unsplash Yesterday was Equal Pay Day — a day that reminds us that many must work almost four extra months to earn the same yearly wage as the average male worker. (For women of color, this pay gap is even greater.) This inequity is not only unfair to […]

The rigged labor market

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By Alan B. Krueger Apr 4, 2018 Photo: VICE News More than two centuries ago, Adam Smith, renowned as the father of laissez faire economics, raged that the market for labor was rigged. He argued that self-interested employers manipulated the labor market to drive workers’ wages below their competitive level. Smith warned that employers “are always and everywhere in […]

The hidden danger of slow payment systems for middle-class families

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By Aaron Klein Mar 28, 2018 REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Millions of middle-class families occasionally face the uncomfortable and expensive situation of temporarily running out of money. Many of these families live paycheck to paycheck, and sometimes those paychecks are a few days late or a few dollars short. Indeed, almost half of all Americans report that they […]

A plan to put work — and workers — first

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By Joe Biden Mar 22, 2018 Vice President Biden tours Renton Technical College, in Renton, Washington, October 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) My father used to say, “Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” It’s true in a family and it’s […]

When it comes to college, state legislators refuse to pay it forward

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By Ben Harris, chief editor of the Biden Forum Mar 14, 2018 Photo: Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash After nearly a decade of recovery, most aspects of our economy have rebounded from the recession. Employment. The stock market. Housing prices. But one aspect of our economy has yet to bounce back: state funding for college education. In the depths of the […]

Support and acceptance for LGBTQ youth should start at home

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Young people need to feel safe, supported, and affirmed in order to thrive. But far too many LGBTQ youth experience discrimination, bullying, and harassment every day in their classrooms, communities, and even in their own homes. These challenges increase their risk factors for negative outcomes, the most alarming of which are disproportionately high rates of […]