Daily Digest - July 11: Corporate Profits Don't Want Living Wages

Jul 11, 2013Rachel Goldfarb

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Wal-Mart Plans to Exit DC Over 'Living Wage' Bill (All In With Chris Hayes)

Chris Hayes speaks with Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren about how Walmart has fought these laws in the past. Walmart presents itself as a provider of good jobs in urban regions, Dorian says, but its unwillingness to pay a living wage speaks otherwise.

Big Cable’s Sauron-Like Plan for One Infrastructure to Rule Us All (Wired)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford explains how cable monopolies want to charge everyone for access to specific pockets of data. With data consumption caps on the user side, the cable companies will dampen access for all.

The Recession That Always Was (TAP)

Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellow Nona Willis Aronowitz speaks to Millennials in Milwaukee for whom the recession is just more of the same. For these low-wage workers, the only change is that the middle-class is finally noticing their struggle.

Do We Have the Will to Fight for the Jobless? (WaPo)

Katrina vanden Heuvel is concerned that Washington is ignoring the continuing jobs crisis. She has a list of policy suggestions that Congress could take up to get Americans back to work.

Wages Have Fallen Fastest In The Lowest Paid Jobs (ThinkProgress)

Bryce Covert reports that the lowest-wage jobs have seen the largest drops in compensation since 2009. Since low-wage jobs make up the bulk job growth right now, it's of particular concern.

The Beginning of the End of LGBT Workplace Discrimination? (MoJo)

Thomas Stackpole suggests that the time may have finally come when we can pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. It is still legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation in 29 states.

The Republican Plan to Cut Food Stamps Even More (MSNBC)

Ned Resnikoff thinks that separating farm subsidies and SNAP will allow House Republicans to introduce a food stamp bill with even more cuts. That would make conferencing the Senate and House bills more painful, since the gap would start even wider.

Student Loan Deal Reached In Senate Threatens To Raise Future Costs (HuffPo)

Shahien Nasiripour reports on a late-night bipartisan deal that ties interest rates to the 10-year Treasury note. It does place a cap on interest rates, but that cap is higher than the 6.8% legislators have been decrying while working on this deal.

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