Over the summer, when Michelle Miller and I were working on our paper, “New Frontiers of Worker Power: Challenges and Opportunities in the Modern Economy,” we deliberated over whether or not to include the following paragraph, which outlines the potential for gig economy platforms and other technologically advanced firms to digitally monitor their employees and crack down on

Buried in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s just-released proposed budget for 2017-2018 is an increase of state licensing authority over “fintech” lenders—lenders to consumers and small businesses that operate online and largely outside of regulatory purview. Though innovative fintech lending is helping expand access to credit for consumers and small business borrowers, the sector’s high interest

In October 2016, AT&T announced its plans to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion. This hefty price tag reflected what was at the time a 35 percent premium on Time Warner’s stock price or, alternatively, 13 times Time Warner’s estimated earnings for 2016. This figure topped not just 21st Century Fox’s failed 2014 bid but

It started last night with Politico’s coverage of Paul Ryan’s struggles to sell the border adjustment – a controversial component of his tax reform plan – to fellow Republicans. And it continued this morning, when the Kansas State Senate voted 22-18 to roll back Governor Brownback’s famed 2012 tax cuts. As a progressive in favor of reasonable tax

For decades, the Republican Party’s signature economic policy agenda has been to reduce taxes on the rich. In order to justify their agenda, the party has developed an elaborate ideology of taxation that says taxing the rich makes them less likely to do things in the public interest, like supply their highly-skilled labor and invest

UPDATE: Shortly after posting, Andrew Puzder’s nomination for Secretary of Labor was withdrawn. Although we are not optimistic that Donald Trump will now throw his support behind a strongly pro-worker appointee, we take this as an important victory for American workers—if for no other reason than that it would be hard to find a much

Throughout the campaign and in his first weeks in office, President Trump has consistently talked about the importance of infrastructure. But his signature project, a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico, reflects a limited view of infrastructure, its importance, and its potential. A good infrastructure bill would go beyond roads, bridges,

Recently, I’ve been reminded that, in the words of Dr. King, “the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice,” but not without people pushing it that way. I met some of those people last Thursday morning. Led by New York Communities for Change, they were camped in a plaza outside of Goldman Sachs, and

Today, Steven Mnuchin faces his confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary. Since President-Elect Donald Trump selected Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury Secretary, several stories have emerged about the nominee that could be considered disqualifying: for instance, the story of how Mnuchin and his family profited from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, to the tune of several

The Way Forward in 2017

It is an understatement to say that 2016 is not ending as many of us had expected or hoped. Instead, we are seeing fever-pitch conversations six weeks after Election Day, perpetual post-mortems, and an anxious effort to figure out what went wrong and shape a better future. We are all looking for a path forward.