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Catholic Nuns Take On Dark Money In Politics With Nationwide Bus Tour (ThinkProgress)
Sister Simone Campbell, the 2013 FDR Four Freedoms Awards laureate for Freedom of Worship, is leading a new Nuns on the Bus tour, this time focused on disenfranchised voters, writes Jack Jenkins.
Tenants Facing Eviction in Era of Skyrocketing Rents Need Legal Assistance (TAP)
Martha Bergmark emphasizes the need to support legal aid programs, noting that legal representation doubles tenants’ chances of staying in their homes when fighting eviction.
Workers Deserve to Benefit from Their Productivity, Too (WaPo)
Harold Meyerson says newly proposed legislation from Rep. Chris Van Hollen that ties the performance pay tax deduction to workers’ wage increases is necessary to ensure a fair deal for workers.
- Roosevelt Take: Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Holmberg and Campus Network alumna Lydia Austin look at the broader problems with the performance pay provision in the tax code.
Does Silicon Valley Have a Contract-Worker Problem? (NY Mag)
Kevin Roose dives deep into the so-called “1099 Economy,” in which start-ups have independent contractors galore, many of whom may legally qualify as employees.
Demonizing the Minimum Wage (New Yorker)
William Finnegan looks at the range of statements against raising the minimum wage, which consistently misrepresent minimum wage workers. They aren’t just teenagers with after-school jobs.
New Republican Bill Would Paralyze National Labor Relations Board (In These Times)
Bruce Vail explains why and how the Republicans are aiming to gridlock the National Labor Relations Board, a goal that he says is primarily based in anti-union, anti-worker bias.
Tax Cuts Can Do More Harm Than Good (AJAM)
David Cay Johnston looks at a new report on tax cuts, which shows that short-term economic growth aside, badly structured tax cuts just push costs to the future and can incentivize bad investments.