New Farm Bill Threatens Agricultural Sustainability

As global warming continues to threaten agricultural yields and food security, Congress is missing an opportunity to use agricultural subsidies as investments in improving sustainability. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2012 was the hottest year ever in the USA since record keeping began in 1895, surpassing the previous high by a full degree Fahrenheit.

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Extending Emergency Unemployment: Senate Finally Expected to Vote to Extend Benefits -- and Rush through Corporate Tax Cuts

This is the tale of two pieces of legislation, one a bill to extend emergency long-term unemployment benefits for 2.3 million Americans, the other to renew 55 tax breaks, mostly for corporations.

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits Extension Clears First Hurdle in the Senate

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate voted to move forward with a bill to extend emergency unemployment compensation to the long-term unemployed. The bill would provide retroactive benefits for unemployed workers cut off from emergency unemployment benefits and extend the program for two months, until June 1st.

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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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