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Economic Justice

Blog: Trade Agreements Can Have a Huge Impact on a Nation’s Life

Oct 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Included in every significant U.S. trade deal of the past 25 years is a system of private tribunals, known as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows corporations to sue governments when they feel that their financial interests have been breached by a government policy, rule or regulation. These suits are not heard in any court, but in an extra-governmental tribunal consisting of three judges engaged for just that one case. And there is no appeal from that tribunal to a higher court.

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Blog: The Many Effects of Inequality

Oct 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Although there have been several blogs on this website on the topic of inequality, the issue is increasingly relevant for so many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that inequality is the source of so many economic ills. Wherever one looks the specter of inequality rears its head.

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Blog: Shared Prosperity Remains Elusive According to Poverty Data Released by the Census Bureau

Sep 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

While the Census Bureau data shows that the official poverty rate fell from 15% in 2012 to 14.5% in 2013, that fact is little consolation to low and middle-income families whose wages and salaries have been largely stagnant, and in many cases, even declining since 2000. Median income for non-elderly households fell from $65,785 to $58,448, a decline of $7,337 or 11.2% from 2000 to 2013.

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Press Release: Census Bureau Statistics Show that Far Too Many People Still in Poverty

FOR RELEASE: September 16, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org  

Blog: Assessing the Implementation of the Child Nutrition Act of 2010 and Preparing for Its Reauthorization in 2015

Sep 16, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Child Nutrition Act, reauthorized in 2010 as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), covers funding for school meal and child nutrition programs, known variously as the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Meal Program, Summer Nutrition Program and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  The bill that reauthorizes these programs is usually referred to by shorthand as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill.

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Blog: What Will Happen to the 2015 Federal Budget When Congress Returns in September?

Aug 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Fiscal Times reminds us that Congress has only successfully passed 13 spending bills on time since 2001, and during election years has enacted a federal budget only 25% of the time. So I guess we should not be surprised that everyone is anticipating a “continuing resolution” (CR) as a near inevitability this year with mid-term elections soon upon us and only about 12 days of congressional activity remaining in September before recess.

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The Sad Saga of Congress Isn't Finished Yet

Aug 26, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Recent Vox reports have included charts proving that Congress is indeed getting worse. One, from a Brookings Institution report, showed the percent of important legislative issues in gridlock in each Congress since 1947 rising from less than 30% to 70%.

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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Worsening Inequality in the U.S.

FOR RELEASE: August 22, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released a report about worsening inequality in our nation. It told a told a tragic story that demands attention and quick action.

In recent years, the wealthiest Americans have grown richer, and those with the least became poorer still. This is unconscionable.

Blog: Can Democracy Survive Voter Suppression Laws and Flood of "Big Money" into Election Coffers? (Second of 2-part Series)

Aug 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

(This is the second in a two-part series addressing the question of the title. This article addresses the issue of "big money" in our elections).

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