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An In-Depth Look at Campaign Finance Reform (MSNBC)
In this extended online segment, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren speaks with Zephyr Teachout about using multiple matching funds as a tool to increase the power of small donors.
Playing the ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Game with Employees (WaPo)
The National Labor Relations Board ruling that McDonald’s can be held accountable for franchise labor violations sheds light on the ways employers try to dodge responsibility, writes Catherine Rampell.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute President and CEO Felicia Wong and Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch commented on the NLRB decision earlier this week.
‘Pension Smoothing’: The Gimmick Both Parties in Congress Love (NYT)
Josh Barro says pension smoothing, which increases revenues by allowing smaller pension contributions, and other gimmicks provide funding on too-short timelines, requiring another hunt for funds soon after.
Feds Say Big Banks Are Still Too Big to Fail (MoJo)
Despite Dodd-Frank’s financial regulations, a new Government Accountability Office report says investors still expect bailouts if the largest banks fail, giving those banks advantages over smaller ones, writes Erika Eichelberger.
Hope Springs Eternal, But The Data Is Actually Pretty Mixed About Whether Or Not Recovery Is Accelerating (Working Economics)
Josh Bivens cautions against excitement about GDP and job growth as signs of a speedier recovery. The data isn’t actually that strong, and he sees the potential for job growth to slow.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal writes that the existence of a too-big-to-fail subsidy isn’t as important or potentially destructive as the systemic problems of the financial system.
Edyta Obrzut, the Campus Network’s NextGen Illinois Research Fellow, examines the challenges facing education policy in Illinois today, and the potential solutions put forward by NextGen caucuses.