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Breaking Out of a Cramped Economic Policy Debate (NYT)
Jared Bernstein questions the continued false choices presented by our partisan policy debates. These arguments can’t be about who wins, because then our policy is focused on winners and losers instead of fairness, opportunity, and growth.
Stop Worrying about Food Stamp “Fraud” (TAP)
Matt Bruenig points out that when we give a family SNAP, we’re giving them dollars to spend, not Monopoly money. The fraud in question involves swapping SNAP money for dollars, and he thinks we should accept that we were already giving them money.
Sequestration Cuts Head Start for 57,000 Children (MSNBC)
Suzy Khimm explains the extent of the cuts that Head Start has to make. They were advised not to “compromis[e] the quality of [their] services,” but that’s not easy when Head Start already ran on a bare-bones budget.
Fast-Food Workers Call for Nationwide Walkout Aug. 29 (WaPo)
Michael Fletcher reports on the planned next steps for fast food strikes around the country. Organizers expect the August 29th protests, which will continue to call for a living wage, to include at least 35 cities.
Why Jobs Go Unfilled Even in Times of High Unemployment (The Atlantic)
Amy Sullivan talks to René Bryce-Laporte of Skills for America’s Future about the supposed skills gap, and community college partnerships that are trying to fill it. Of course, these programs have tuition that usually falls on the unemployed person, not the employers.
Obama to Meet with Regulators Over Stalled Dodd-Frank Reform Act (The Guardian)
Heidi Moore discusses the coming meeting of the financial stability oversight council, where they are expected to discuss Dodd-Frank. The big question is why so many rules are still unwritten after three years of work.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network alumnae Lydia Austin thinks that it’s time for the tax code to recognize that carried interest, the share of profits received by private equity fund managers, is income, and should be taxed accordingly.
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