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How President Obama Could Move Millions Into The Middle Class (Our Future)
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch presents a simple solution for shifting over two million workers into living wage jobs. By executive order, the President could require that workers on federal contracts get better wages and paid sick days.
The Light And Dark of Social Entrepreneurship (CSRwire)
Francesca Rheannon interviews Roosevelt Institute Fellow Georgia Levenson Keohane about the challenges of using private money for social needs. Georgia is concerned with scale, and whether a social mission can stay in the forefront as an enterprise grows.
- Roosevelt Take: Georgia recently wrote a policy note examining one model of social finance, the social impact bond, and evaluated its potential and its limits.
ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago (The Nation)
Micah Uetricht reports on protests against the ALEC convention, organized by a coalition of labor, community, and environmental groups. They hope that the protesters will shine a brighter light on ALEC's far-right austerity agenda and influence on legislators.
New Conservative Plan: Repeal Obamacare or We'll Default on the National Debt (Slate)
Matt Yglesias looks at the various ways the GOP has created debt ceiling crises in recent years. He doesn't think there's much to worry about in the current threat, but won't dismiss the possibility of this debt ceiling crisis turning into something nasty.
Dems Defy Obama on Mortgage Protections (MoJo)
Erika Eichelberger critiques the thirteen Democrats who joined Republicans to cosponsor bills that would demolish new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau mortgage rules, but cannot explain why they want to allow sub-prime mortgages to continue.
Houston Rockets Pre-K to Top of the Priority List (TAP)
Abby Rapoport examines a new plan in Houston to expand early childhood education. Proponents are pushing a ballot initiative to increase property taxes by one hundredth of one percent to fund daycare teacher training and they're finding broad support.
The Many, Many Jobs That Won't Earn You Enough to Live in Your City (The Atlantic Cities)
Emily Badger thinks that many of these jobs are necessary for a city's function, including bank tellers, fire fighters, janitors, and school bus drivers. If these workers can't afford rent in their cities, who is going to do these jobs?
Why Are Walmart Stores Underperforming? Blame Their Terrible Wages. (The Daily Beast)
Daniel Gross questions why Walmart's same-store sales fell this quarter. He suggests that Walmart pays such low wages that their employees can't afford to shop there as much, and recent protests against Walmart and other low-wage employers can't help.