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Blogging Our Great Divide

New developments on the inequality front? Our Institute for Policy Studies editorial team tracks them here.

Keeping Up With the Walton’s

March 19, 2015 /

by Betsy Wood

In the wake of Walmart's decision to raise workers' wages, Dollar General announced it will offer better schedules. Walmart's news-making decision to raise wages put pressure on other discount retailers...

A Promising Proposal in Rhode Island

March 17, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

The basic idea behind legislation now pending in our smallest state: The taxes we pay should bankroll quality public services, not grand fortunes. The federal government alone, a new Congressional...

We Owe You Nothing!

March 11, 2015 /

by Josh Hoxie

A new landmark student debt strike is drawing attention to the desperate need for action on a student debt crisis that’s enriching a few at the expense of an entire...

A New Yardstick for Wall Street Bonuses

March 11, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

The financial industry’s 2014 bonuses doubled the combined earnings of all Americans who work full-time at the federal minimum wage. By Sarah Anderson Wall Street banks handed out $28.5 billion...

Study: Financial Tax Would Pay Off Big

March 8, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

A serious tax on financial industry high-rollers, says a new German study, would raise far more billions than previous estimates have assumed. By Sarah Anderson Elected leaders in Washington are...

Walmart Needs a Maximum Wage

March 5, 2015 /

by Betsy Wood

Walmart raised wages after being pressured by its own employees, but it still outpaces the pack when it comes to overpaid execs. Walmart's recent decision to raise the pay of...

The Income Equity Act: Another Try!

March 4, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

Should America’s taxpayers be subsidizing all those millions in compensation that CEOs are collecting? At least some members of Congress don’t think so. Nearly a quarter-century ago, in 1991, a...

IMF: Weaker Unions = Higher CEO Pay

March 3, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund are detailing just how much societies suffer — and top execs grab — when trade unions have no strong presence. As labor unions have...

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