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Consumer Confidence Down Despite Economic Upswing (Melissa Harris-Perry)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren ties business support for a higher minimum wage to the drop in consumer confidence: business owners know people need money to spend.
Five Economic Trends to Be Thankful For (NYT)
In the spirit of the holiday, Neil Irwin looks on the bright side of this year’s economic news, highlighting trends like lower gas prices and increases in people voluntarily quitting their jobs.
The Big Business of Small Wage Gains (WSJ)
Justin Lahart suggests that the growth of large employers lessens worker’s bargaining power over wages by giving them fewer options to choose from.
U.S. Cities Making It Harder to Feed the Homeless (The Guardian)
Suzanne McGee questions why 22 cities have passed ordinances that make it more difficult to feed the homeless in public places, seemingly motivated by downtown “revitalization.”
An Udderly Bad Job (In These Times)
Joseph Sorrentino reports on the exceedingly poor labor practices that characterize the dairy industry. The sometimes-dangerous work includes low pay, no overtime, and no worker’s comp.
Real World Contradicts Right-Wing Tax Theories (AJAM)
With California raising taxes and seeing higher job growth than Kansas, which cut taxes, David Cay Johnston says the real-world data disproves Republican theories.
New on Next New Deal
Campus Network members and staff respond to last week’s news that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not stand trial for the shooting of Michael Brown.
Roosevelt Institute Associate Director of Networked Initiatives Alan Smith and Campus Network Midwest Regional Coordinator Julius Goldberg-Lewis argue that universities must set better standards for doing business in a tech-driven era.