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Back in late February, the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling that a $15 minimum wage couldn’t be included among the budget reconciliation package that became the American Rescue Plan seemed to nail the lid shut on the coffin of the minimum wage. If the minimum wage (and by extension, any regulatory initiative) can’t be included in budget […]
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Recently, the New York Times fanned the flames of an incipient election post-mortem fight between the moderate and progressive wings of the party over how to explain the outcome of the election by printing duelling interviews (and then podcasts) with AOC and Conor Lamb, in which the two Congresspeople-Elect took widely divergent stances on why […]
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Because the details of policy actually matter, I’m taking this opportunity to highlight a really good proposal that Speaker Pelosi is bringing forward for the next stimulus bill: Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed an idea that many Democratic lawmakers have been pushing: to use so-called automatic stabilizers to keep critical coronavirus relief programs running […]
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Job Guarantee When?

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On April 3, 2020
If anyone was still laboring under the misapprehension that the economic downturn was going to be a short one, this week’s unemployment report should come as a rude awakening. More people have now lost their jobs to the Great Cessation (hat tip to the excellent economic historian Rebecca Spang for this moniker) than during the […]
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