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Wal-Mart Labor Group Promises 1,500 Black Friday Protests Next Week (Salon)
Josh Eidelson speaks to Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren about upcoming protests at Wal-Mart. Dorian compares Wal-Mart to General Motors in the 1940s, as a company that works against the economy’s best interest today, but could turn around.
New Bill Offers Tax Relief to Keep Students in State (The Michigan Daily)
Shoham Geva reports on a bill that gives Michigan college graduates a tax credit equal to half their student loan payments if they stay and work in state. Recommendations from the University of Michigan chapter of Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network are in the State House version of this bill.
Another Reason for Filibuster Reform: It Will Help Dems Crack Down on Wall Street (WaPo)
Ryan Cooper argues that, having invoked the nuclear option, the Democrats have now given financial reform a better shot at success, because court cases about these regulations go to the D.C. Circuit Court. Filling that bench is what set this whole thing off.
- Roosevelt Take: Ryan references the Roosevelt Institute’s report, An Unfinished Mission, as an example of the kind of regulations that reformers are seeking.
Good Benefits Don’t Make Unemployed People Happy About Being Unemployed (Smithsonian Magazine)
Colin Schultz reports on a new study that compares the happiness of unemployed people across the European Union. Stronger benefit programs don’t affect life satisfaction – nor do they affect how hard people look for new jobs.
Home-Care Aides at Poverty’s Edge Are Hottest U.S. Jobs (Bloomberg)
Tom Moroney writes about the fastest-growing job in the U.S., personal care aides, and profiles one aide in her work and home life. While their industry is booming, personal care aides are also among the worst paid workers in the country.
The ‘Exploitative’ Internship Economy (Pacific Standard)
Casey McDermott speaks to intern rights advocate David Yamada about the legal and ethical issues of the intern economy. Yamada is disappointed that some companies choose the lose-lose option of ending internship programs instead of paying minimum wage.
Here’s Why Insurers Probably Won’t Go Along With Obama’s Obamacare Fix (MoJo)
Erika Eichelberger argues that most insurance companies aren’t going to reinstate the plans they’ve already canceled that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements, because that would cost money. It’s possible this fix will mostly serve as political cover.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch argued in favor of the president’s decision last week, because it would allow the administration to retain its focus on insuring more Americans.
Dying Sooner: America Falls Behind On Longevity (National Memo)
David Kay Johnston reports on new data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development which shows that the U.S. is falling behind its peers on life expectancy. The report blames the country’s poor health care system and income inequality.