Daily Digest - July 31: Fixing Detroit from Inside

Jul 31, 2013Rachel Goldfarb

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Young Detroiters Double Down (TAP)

Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Fellow Nona Willis Aronowitz visits Detroit, where she finds that Millennial natives are taking the lead in revitalizing the city. Many programs focus on bringing in outsiders for short terms of service, but these Detroiters are here to stay.

Can Fast Food Workers Get a Higher Minimum Wage? (MSNBC)

Ned Resnikoff speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren about whether the current fast food strikes could actually achieve change. Dorian doesn't see federal legislation as the goal right now; progressive changes on a state or local level are the first step.

Fast Food Strikes: Unable to Unionize, Workers Borrow Tactics From ‘Occupy’ (Time)

Josh Sanburn explains how Occupy Wall Street has inspired fast food organizers. By targeting the entire industry and working to raise public awareness, the fast food workers make their organizing more powerful in a difficult-to-unionize industry.

Obama Offers to Cut Corporate Tax Rate as Part of Jobs Deal (NYT)

Mark Landler and Jackie Calmes report on President Obama's grand bargain for job creation. By putting a tax cut for corporations on the table, President Obama is calling out the GOP on whether they will ever work with the Democrats to help the middle class.

This Weird Little Policy is the Key to Obama’s Grand Bargain on Jobs (WaPo)

Ezra Klein points out how foreign earnings that are sitting overseas fit into the President's proposal. With a one-time fee instead of a repatriation holiday, we could have the funds for a jobs program, but it doesn't solve the long-term corporate tax problems.

In an Economic Democracy, Stiglitz & Reich Would Be Contenders for Fed Head (The Nation)

John Nichols thinks that if the process of choosing a Federal Reserve chair is a campaign, then we should put forward progressive candidates who emphasize income inequality and the middle class. Even if they aren't chosen, it swings the discussion in new directions.

New on Next New Deal

Telecom Industry’s Imaginary Book Critics Try to Discredit Susan Crawford

I consider the wide-ranging smear campaign against Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford's work on telecommunications equality. With tactics ranging from prominently placed op-eds to fake one-star Amazon reviews, Big Telco is only strengthening her position.

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