Harvard economist Gregory Mankiw, writing in The New York Times, wants you to believe that a worker's acceptance of a job for no more than minimum wage and a person's acceptance of a pre-ACA, bare bones insurance policy reflect voluntary arrangements. Even a moment's consideration shows there is nothing genuinely voluntary about either of these arrangements.
San Jose’s problems can be solved, but only if structural causes are addressed, including inequities in Silicon Valley, a nationwide tax incentive competition, and California’s restrictions on local revenue.
The governor assures New Yorkers that there is a budgetary surplus that can fund a tax cut and that there’s even money to fund universal, state-wide pre-K without a tax increase. But would the money be available if the governor were honoring what the state’s highest court has determined to be the funding level necessary to meet the obligation to provide a “sound basic education” to all students?
Two new tools to help compare and contrast wage levels across more than 800 occupations. Which occupations have so many high paid workers that they bust the current BLS survey method's ability to measure closely?
A discussion with Mason Williams on Fiorello La Guardia’s critical role in implementing the New Deal in the New York City context, his vision of the role of government, and what the city’s current mayor could learn from the predecessor he most admires.
Jake Rosenfeld's "What Unions No Longer Do" examines the enormous consequences of the long-term decline of the labor movement. While it's a pessimistic account, Rosenfeld does see some hope in recent developments.
American Farm Bureau Federation study confirms agricultural sector's deep reliance on wildly underpaid workers. It warns that shrinking labor supply would spark "large-scale restructuring" of farm sector. But don't we need that if current system only survives by relying so heavily on unfree labor?
Yes, he’s a thug. Yes, he’s trying to change the subject. But isn’t there a lot more to report on about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie? Like the fact that he’s been guilty of wildly irresponsible and sometimes lawless behavior before. Two prime examples: In 2010, he killed the long-planned construction of a new Hudson River transit tunnel, and he's spent years sabotaging New Jersey's Council on Affordable Housing.
Deep residential segregation underlies every major social inequity we have in New York City. The de Blasio administration promises a new era of activism and community participation, but will the energy generated ultimately reduce or perpetuate segregation? A great deal hinges on the nature of the community organizing that is encouraged.
In the most recent data, the 12-month moving average of the unemployment rate was available for 258 distinct demographic composites. Out of the 20 demographic composites with the highest 12-month moving average of the unemployment rate in December (ranging from 23.48 percent to 51.57 percent), 14 were Black, Non-Hispanic; 14 were between the ages of 16 and 25; and 15 were demographic composites with an educational component of “less than a high school education."
The current royalty rate for onshore oil and gas produced on federally owned land (12.5 percent) has not changed since 1920. See how much revenue would be gained if the rate were adjusted to match the higher royalties that some states, like Texas, impose for production on state land.