Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Boehner Signals Reluctance in the House

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said the Senate emergency unemployment extension bill is “unworkable” in a blog entry posted to his website by his press office.

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Report: Restaurant Sales Increase with Tipped Wages

Restaurant sales per capita (per population) increase as the tipped minimum wage increases, according to a new report by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.

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Housing Subsidies: An Unfair Playing Field

The mortgage interest deduction plays an important role in helping many American families purchase a home. Fiercely protected by upper and middle class home-buyers, the deduction has helped make home ownership more affordable for many households, but the mortgage deduction disproportionately helps higher income families.

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Compromise in the Senate

A bipartisan plan has been laid out to extend emergency unemployment benefits for five months, according to a press release made public by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).

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Q & A With Daphne Greenwood: How Outsourcing Can Harm Communities

Egregious examples of government contractors fleecing the public abound. But how does the outsourcing of government functions to contractors and the erosion of the public sector affect society?

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Raising Wages: Overtime

It's not often that a policy wonk at a think tank puts an idea out there that gets picked up by the White House. But the hope that it will happen it is why we all do this work. And sometimes, the stars align.

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Time to Petition the Government

Readers of the Center for Effective Government’s blogs will know that in the past two weeks, a significant and wonderful community of people has been communicating through the comments section of our site. We hope you all saw Jessica Schieder’s recent post announcing a new Google group for those of you that want to carry on the discussion.

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Privatizing Public Housing, RAD-ically

A national initiative, the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), has privatized public housing structures across the country. Cities including San Francisco and Chicago plan to turn over as many as 3,000 and 11,000 units, respectively, to the private market.

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Q & A With Philip Mattera: Tens of Billions in State and Local Subsidies Annually Go to Big Business

States and local governments strike deals with corporations all the time – deals that normal people like you and I would have a hard time getting and deals that often deprive our governments of revenue even as promises of job creation often disappoint. These tax breaks, publicly funded cash incentives, free buildings, and worker training are done in the name of keeping or wooing businesses. Until relatively recently, the public mostly knew about these subsidies on an anecdotal basis.

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Sequestration Report Highlights Detriments of Budgeting by Crisis

Across-the-board budget cuts in fiscal year 2013 affected the ability of agencies to serve the public. In response to these automatic cuts – triggered by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and a lack of consensus regarding changes in spending and revenue policies – agencies were forced to retrofit their budgets to fit these constraints mid-year.

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