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Respect all work – and grow the economy, too: raise the minimum wage

Thirty plus years of trickledown economics hasn’t worked. We need to return to policies that grow our economy from the bottom up and middle out.

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage

Bending the Arc of History

Many economists and policy-makers struggle to explain growing inequality and the erosion of the middle class. Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman has a simple explanation, “…corporations use their growing monopoly power to raise prices without passing the gains on to

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Progressive Tax Reform

Ballmer and equity in the NW

There is a political phenomenon that while we hate Congress (approval rating currently at 9 percent), we like, respect, and almost always re-elect the local Congressperson we know. The same phenomenon occurs when we think about wealth. Most of us

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column

Median CEO Pay Passes The $10 Million Mark For First Time

The median CEO pay package hit $10.5 million last year, according to the Associated Press, cracking eight figures for the first time since the wire service began calculating the statistic. The median compensation number rose by 8.8 percent from 2012

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Ending Corporate Tax Breaks, Minimum Wage

Kochs’ ‘less government’ lacks logic

The Koch brothers are oil tycoons from Wichita. They inherited their oil company and initial wealth from their dad. They are multibillionaires intent on financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to elect politicians who want “less government.” Sometimes our mutual reliance on government

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Column, Educational Opportunity, Higher Education

Poll: Americans want to see an end to inequailty for all

Income inequality isn’t a new story – it’s been on the rise since the mid 20th century. The top 1% of income earners control 20% of our national wealth, with their share of wealth doubling since 1980. The U.S. ranks

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy

To restart the American economy, end trickle-up economics for the rich

Imagine giving an extra 5% of the nation’s total annual income to the residents of Wasilla, Alaska starting in 1980, and you’ve got a good grasp of income inequality in the U.S. today. Thanks to lower tax rates for the

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Check
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