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21st Century Democrats: Konczal on GOP Misunderstanding Charity (America’s Democrats.org)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal discusses his article on “The Voluntarism Fantasy,” the false idea that private charity could provide for the needs of the poorest Americans.
Get Sick, Get Fired: America’s Low-Wage Workers Push Back (TAP)
Sharon Lerner says the fight over paid sick leave is characteristic of larger fights over the nature of democracy, and whether the desires of the common people are being accounted for.
Washington is Making Inequality Worse (MSNBC)
A new study suggests that growing political polarization and rising income inequality are linked. Timothy Noah emphasizes that polarization stems from the GOP moving to the right.
Massachusetts Nannies and Housekeepers Now Protected From Long Days, Abuse, Sexual Harassment (The Nation)
Michelle Chen speaks to some of the workers who will benefit from Massachusetts’s new Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which awaits the governor’s signature.
Corporate Close-Up: Should CEO Compensation Determine Corporate Income Tax Rates? (Bloomberg BNA)
Melissa Fernley reports on a new model for corporate income taxes being considered in California, which would scale tax rates based on CEO-to-median worker compensation ratios.
States Undo Food Stamp Felon Bans (HuffPo)
California and Missouri are giving more ex-offenders access to food stamps, reports Arthur Delaney. He says this is an opportunity to reduce recidivism by helping people feed their families.
Mankiw, Piketty, and Wealth Taxes (On The Economy)
Jared Bernstein argues that economist Greg Mankiw fails to prove that allowing the wealthy to keep more of their wealth will be better for everyone else.