Daily Digest - August 23: Fed Chair Needs Consensus Building

Aug 23, 2013Rachel Goldfarb

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The Changing of the Monetary Guard (Project Syndicate)

Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz lists a number of qualities that he thinks are important for the next Federal Reserve Chair. His pick is Janet Yellen, for her ability to form consensus and her strong attention on labor markets.

Fast Food Wage Protests Head South (CNN Money)

Emily Jane Fox speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren about the importance of fast food strikes moving into southern states. He says labor organizing is more difficult in that region, so the expansion is a significant turning point.

It Takes A Community (Campus Technology)

Mary Grush looks at the work Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford is doing to increase access to high-speed internet in the United States. Grush suggests that higher education institutions could take a greater part in this push.

Student Advocates Call For Deeper Reforms on Debt as Obama Outlines Education Plan (Free Speech Radio News)

Alice Ollstein talks to Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network National Field Strategist Joelle Gamble about potential reforms that go far further than the President's proposals. The audio file contains multiple segments; this one begins at 16:56.

Fired Walmart Workers Arrested at Rally Announcing Labor Day Deadline (The Nation)

Josh Eidelson reports on arrests at a protest calling for Walmart to raise wages and reinstate workers who were allegedly fired for union activism. One of the fired workers says that organizing has slowed at his former store, because employees fear retaliation.

Private Gain to a Few Trumps Public Good for the Many (Robert Reich)

Robert Reich argues that when public goods are partially privatized, all taxpayers contribute but only those with income have access. That means the wealthiest still have the schools, parks, and infrastructure they want, while those with lower incomes do without.

New on Next New Deal

New Orleans's Youth Unemployment Problem Demands a Government Solution

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government initiative Jeff Madrick and Research Assistant Nell Abernathy examine how government can create new opportunities for disconnected youth in New Orleans.

This Weekend

Million Hoodies Movement for Justice Virtual March on Washington

The Roosevelt Institute is proud to cosponsor tomorrow's Virtual March. Roosevelt Institute Engagement Editor Dante Barry, Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network National Field Strategist Joelle Gamble, and George Washington University chapter member Yasemin Ayarci will appear on the livestream from 1pm to 2pm EDT.

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