Boiling Points, UBI Behavioral Effects, Ideas for Human Rights, and More

May 12, 2017

The Roosevelt Rundown is an email series featuring the Roosevelt Institute’s top 5 stories of the week.

1. Inequality is Toxic

Roosevelt Fellow Susan Holmberg writes about the links between climate change and inequality, with the aim to integrate these two, sometimes separate policy agendas. Read more about how we can fight for a clean environment and an economy that works for all from Holmberg here and from Roosevelt @ Mason’s Beverly Harp and Asha Athman here.

2. Cash Back

As reported in Buzzfeed, University of Chicago’s Ioana Marinescu explores what happens when people get cash without strings attached in our new report. Turns out they make some of the best decisions to improve their own lives.

3. 10 Ideas for Human Rights

The Roosevelt network rolls out their third week of this year’s top student-generated policy ideas from across the nation with a selection of proposals for human rights, including supporting the survivors of human trafficking, ending automatic transfers of juveniles to adult court, and putting intermediaries in courtrooms.

4. Chopra for Commissioner

Earlier this week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended Roosevelt Visiting Fellow Rohit Chopra, a former official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, for an open Democratic seat on the Federal Trade Commission. Roosevelt President & CEO Felicia Wong issued a statement declaring Chopra an “excellent choice” for the Commission.

5. Making the Grade

Program Manager Eric Harris Bernstein marked up last week’s Democratic Senate leaders’ joint letter on tax cuts to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. We felt the Senate letter stopped short of a few important points.

What We’re Watching:

Roosevelt Fellow Maya Wiley joined a panel on “Real Time with Bill Maher” recently to talk about health care, the Trump presidency, and the French presidential elections.

What We’re Reading:

Writing for Boston Review, Roosevelt Senior Economist and Fellow Marshall Steinbaum explains why economists shouldn’t give Thomas Piketty and his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century the cold shoulder.