Having grown up in a disadvantaged family, Sharanda started working at the age of 14, later opening a hair salon and two restaurants. But in her desire to “earn thousands,” she began to make some poor decisions.
Not long ago, a California labor union led a crusade to see the minimum wage hiked up to $15—all across the state. But now, it’s asking for a way to back out.
If you’re worried about getting a job after graduation, you’re not alone. In fact, 83 percent of college students do not have a job lined up upon receiving their diploma. You may have a degree in hand, but that doesn’t guarantee anything in today’s job market.
One audit revealed that the IRS awarded close to $6 million in bonuses over the past five years for senior executive services—even as IRS Commissioner John Koskinen warned this year that the agency would be cutting its customer service due to budget restrictions.
To say that this month’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report was lackluster would be an understatement: it yielded the worst numbers in 2015 by far. This September, the economy only added 142,000 jobs—way below the analyst projection of 201,000.
Nobody denies that America’s healthcare system could use some reforms, but the nature of those reforms is what’s up for discussion. While the Affordable Care Act has given Americans a one-size-fits-all solution, it’s become increasingly clear that this is no solution at all—and patients, doctors, and taxpayers alike are suffering because of it.
In a recent interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez from Democracy Now! he discussed his latest book, Saving Capitalism, For the Many, Not the Few, addressing the problems facing today’s economy in terms of inequality and upward mobility.
After months of deliberation—and years of efforts by advocacy groups—the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary finally released a criminal justice reform bill designed to address the problems of mass incarceration.
Imagine you are traveling back to school after a weekend at home, and as you’re about to board your plane, DEA “task force officers” pull you aside and confiscate $11,000 of your life savings without ever charging you with a crime. Does that sound like a crazy unrealistic scenario?
By all accounts, Harvard University has a pretty strong debate team—so you’d think it unlikely that they would even compete against a team of prison inmates. Much less compete and lose.
To prove their point about how necessary a minimum wage hike is, several Florida lawmakers, along with dozens of other minimum wage activists, have vowed to live on the current, $8.05/hour minimum wage for five days this week.