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Four Intriguing Ideas for How to Fix the Banks (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Peter Coy speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal about the upcoming report from the Roosevelt Institute and Americans for Financial Reform, “An Unfinished Mission: Making Wall Street Work for Us.” He previews four of the papers from the report, including Mike’s.
- Roosevelt Institute Event: This report with be presented at a conference in Washington, DC on November 12, featuring a keynote from Senator Elizabeth Warren. For more information, click here.
Southwest Takes the Legal Battlefront on Abortion (Women’s eNews)
Reshmi Kaur Oberoi looks at the current fights over abortion access in the southwestern United States. She references Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn’s recent white paper on Title X in discussing access to reproductive care for Hispanic women in Texas.
- Roosevelt Take: Andrea’s white paper, “The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America’s Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning,” argues that increasing funding for Title X will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, especially in the earlier phases of implementation.
How States Taken Over by the GOP in 2010 Have Been Quietly Screwing Over the American Worker (The Nation)
Zoë Carpenter looks at an Economic Policy Institute report on state-level attacks on labor. This coordinated campaign of cookie-cutter style legislation is hurting workers of all sorts – unionized and nonunionized, public and private.
- Roosevelt Take: The EPI report references “The GOP’s State Project of Slashing the Public Workforce,” a 2012 paper by Bryce Covert and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal.
Newt’s Revenge: Child Labor Makes a Comeback (Salon)
Josh Eidelson points out that the attack on labor has included rollbacks of child labor laws in four states. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which coordinates much of this legislation, apparently thinks attacking adult workers’ rights isn’t enough.
A War on the Poor (NYT)
Paul Krugman asks why the Republican party has shifted so far away from supporting programs that help the needy. He blames a combination of market ideology, an awareness of the changing racial dynamics of this country, and libertarian fantasy.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative Jeff Madrick appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss this topic back in 2011.
War Brews on Spending Cuts (MSNBC)
Suzy Khimm reports on the coalition working to protect “non-defense” discretionary spending. The budget negotiations are primarily over this category of spending, which includes everything from mental health care to Census data collection to Head Start.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Director of Research Susan Holmberg argues that requiring corporations to disclose their political contributions is good for investors and for the companies, which risk executives using political contributions for their own good.
- Roosevelt Take: Susan expands on this in her recent white paper, A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Corporate Political Spending Disclosure.