Daily Policy Digest

Economic Issues

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs

A proposal to raise Seattle's minimum wage up to $15 is controversial, and while the measure has not passed, small businesses are panicked. Many businesses are holding off on expanding or hiring additional workers...

Manufacturers Having Trouble Filling Positions

The average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned $77,505 in 2012, yet companies are having trouble filling these positions. For many, manufacturing invokes images of old factories, but today's manufacturing is modernized...

Debunking Myths About Imports

While China is the largest supplier of U.S. imports, half of America's non-oil imports come from other developed countries with high wages. Nine of the top 20 of these suppliers are high-wage trading partners...

Fed Policies are Hurting the Economy

The Federal Reserve has maintained its position that quantitative easing is the right path for our economy, but low growth levels and a weak dollar may say otherwise...

Number of Part-Time and Contract Workers Rising

Many of the new jobs that have emerged since the Great Recession are part-time and contract positions...

NC: Criminalizing Ordinary Business Practices

Operating a small business is a serious challenge, and across all industries, only half of all new enterprises last more than four years. In North Carolina, businesses are facing additional concerns, as the state's lawmakers continue putting new laws on the books that criminalize standard business practices...

Privatizing OPIC

Countries with strong business climates are most likely to attract investment. When OPIC guarantees investments in risky environments, those countries have no incentive to adopt more favorable policies...

Debunking Myths About Inequality

For the richest one percent of Americans, only 15 percent of their wealth is from an inheritance. Rather, wage income is responsible for the majority of wealthy Americans' net worth...

Designating Investment Funds as SIFIs: The Cost to Investors

Designating investment funds as "systemically important financial institutions," would have a significantly detrimental impact on investors...

The Irrelevant Unemployment Rate

There are plenty of alternatives to work today, as government support programs have made voluntary joblessness a feasible option...


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