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Top Read: AFR, Public Citizen Urge SEC to Finalize CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

One year ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a rule to implement a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act requiring companies to disclose their ratio of CEO to worker pay. But no final rule has yet gone into effect.

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Top Read: How Fossil Fuels Make Inequality Worse

A very few wealthy owners of oil, natural gas, and coal benefit while everyone else suffers.

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Top Read: How Income Inequality is Squeezing State Budgets

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a new report by Standard & Poor’s.

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Top Read: Fortune 500 CEOs can easily afford to give low-wage workers a healthy raise

The Walt Disney company, notes analyst Eleanor Bloxham in Fortune, could have paid all its employees $10,400 more each last year and still booked profits of over $4 billion. Disney CEO Robert Iger took home $34.3 million in 2013.

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Top Read: Solving inequality with your vote

Inequality has become the top-ranking concern of New Zealand’s voters.

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Top Read: The Kingpins of Carbon and Their War on Democracy

For decades, the coal, oil, and gas industries have allied with a handful of libertarian billionaires to wage war on democracy and enrich the one percent.

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Top Read: While America sleeps, plutocrats are stealing its government

Thanks to a series of wretched decisions by the Supreme Court, effective political speech now belongs only to those who can afford it.

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Top Read: Scottish referendum: World’s first vote on economic inequality

London has essentially become a City State, whose wealthier residents often have very little to do with the rest of Britain, notes this Canadian political scientist.

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Top Read: How Corporate CEOs Get Rich off of Taxes

Imagine if every paycheck you get came with a zero-interest loan from Uncle Sam. That’s essentially the deal on corporate taxation that America’s CEOs have cut.

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Top Read: The Price of Glory

On overpaid corporate CEOs and college football coaches.

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Top Read: More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’

Corporate execs are stiffing employees at paycheck time to hit their “performance” targets.

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Top Read: Understanding Piketty

An engrossing analysis of Capital in the Twenty-First Century and the modern history of taxing the rich.

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Top Read: Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers

Unions now represent less than 7 percent of the private U.S. workforce. The result? Wages no longer rise with productivity. CEOs and investors capture ever higher portions of corporate income. The minimum wage loses value.

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Top Read: How Obamacare can end bloated CEO pay

A section of President Obama’s signature health care reform law closes the ‘performance pay’ loophole for health insurance companies. Now it’s time to apply this fix across Corporate America.

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Top Read: New Report: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay

New report from the Institute for Policy Studies reveals hefty taxpayer savings from a little-known Affordable Care Act executive compensation reform.

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Top Read: Lawmaker revives bill to tax companies for high CEO pay

The California legislation aims to raise taxes on corporations with the greatest pay divides between workers and top execs.

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Top Read: Back to School, and to Widening Inequality

Among 34 top developed nations today, only the United States and two other countries have school systems that spend more on rich kids than poor kids.

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Top Read: How the last decade created a brutal wealth divide

New U.S. Census Bureau figures show “a widening wealth gap between those at the top and those in the middle and bottom of the net worth distribution” since the year 2000.

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Top Read: The Disease of American Democracy

To cure what ails American politics, we need to challenge concentrated wealth.

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Top Read: 20 Tax Dodgers: $240 Million for CEOs, Big Loss for the American People

Twenty U.S. firms paid no federal taxes in 2014’s second quarter despite reporting $4.4 billion in second quarter profits. These 20 firms also took in as much as $84 million in taxpayer subsidies for the $240 million in executive pay they dished out last year.

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Top Read: Unions needed to fight wealth concentration

Unions constitute the best weapon that American workers have to fight the relentless concentration of wealth in the upper classes.

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Top Read: Economic inequality, not just wages at the bottom, needs to be addressed

The notion that better educating the poor — so they can earn more — has increasingly become the fallback position of conservatives in the debate over rising economic inequality.

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Top Read: Overpaid CEOs: Tying Corporate Taxes to CEO Pay

The story behind the landmark California Senate legislation that links corporate tax rates to CEO-worker pay gaps.

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Top Read: Task Force of Mayors Assails Growing Income Inequality

Topping the list of the 10 U.S. cities with the largest shift of income towards richer households from 2005 to 2012: Albany, Georgia, and Ithaca, New York.

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Top Read: Tales of the cities

Local, populist, and redistributive, America’s new municipal progressive movements owe plenty to the Occupy moment of 2011.

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Top Read: Inequality Is a Drag

Making our economy fairer would also make it richer, new research makes clear. Goodbye, trickle-down. Hello, trickle-up.

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Top Read: The case for a maximum wage

One place to look to understand the strong case for a maximum wage may be an industry that actually has a maximum wage: professional basketball.

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Top Read: The 1% May Be Richer Than You Think, Research Shows

Research conducted separately by European Central Bank and London School of Economics researchers shows that tax shelters and inadequate surveying are generating a significant undercounting of the wealth of the super rich.

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