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White House Delays Key Element of Health Care Law (AP)
Ricardo Alonoso-Zalvidar speaks to Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch about the news that the administration is delaying implementation of the employer mandate. Kirsch is outraged about how this will affect employees who expected insurance on January 1, 2014.
- Roosevelt Take: Kirsch wrote on how the employer mandate would effect low wage workers.
Regulators to Beef Up Wall Street Rules…Thanks to Republicans?! (MoJo)
Erica Eichelberger asks Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal why two Republicans on the FDIC want to tighten regulations on big banks’ capital requirements. Konczal’s explanation? They think it will reduce the blame on the FDIC if there is another bailout.
Murky Language Puts Homes Underwater (TAP)
David Dayen explains how banks are utilizing unclear language to make a loophole that allows them to dual-track homeowners, or continue pursuing foreclosure while the homeowner submits paperwork for mortgage modification. Until we fix this, people will continue to lose their homes.
How to Make Sure a Growing U.S. Economy Helps the Poor (Scholars Strategy Network)
Lane Kenworthy argues that the only way to ensure that economic growth helps the poor is to change the structure of the social safety net and tie benefits to growth. Otherwise, we leave swaths of people behind, which doesn’t seem particularly American.
Making $7.75 an Hour, and Figuring There’s Little to Lose by Speaking Out (NYT)
Michael Powell talks to fast-food workers who are involved in the unionizing efforts in New York City. These workers have no fears about annoying their employers: what’s the risk when you’re making so little money to begin with?
Payroll Cards Are Under Scrutiny by New York’s Attorney General (NYT)
Jessica Silver-Greenberg reports that following Monday’s story in the Times on payroll cards, the New York attorney general has opened an investigation. Employees must give explicit consent to be paid this way in New York, and why would anyone choose all those fees?
Hawaii Becomes Second State To Pass A Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights (ThinkProgress)
Bryce Covert discusses Hawaii’s new law, which was signed on Tuesday and brings housekeepers, nannies and other domestic workers under the protection of labor laws such as the minimum wage, overtime, and anti-discrimination laws.
Oh, Right, the Jobs Crisis (The Nation)
John Nichols still sees the jobs crisis as the primary problem facing the U.S., and one that needs to be solved before many others. He’s especially concerned with the groups that are struggling worst: people of color and young people.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Jeff Madrick agrees with Nichols on the importance of the jobs emergency, and has plenty of suggestions on how to solve it from the Rediscovering Government initiative’s conference on the subject.