J. Mijin Cha

J. Mijin Cha is the Associate Director of PolicyLink where she works in the 'Equity as a Superior Growth Model' program. Prior to PolicyLink, Mijin worked at Dēmos, where she authored several reports on money in politics, voting reforms, and new measures of economic progress. She has also spent several years working on environmental justice and green economy policy issues internationally and domestically.

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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:15pm
Fighting Inequality and Climate Change through Localizing Economies
We currently face two equally urgent and significant crises: rising inequality and climate change. Rising inequality is not only morally unacceptable; it hinders economic growth. Climate change is occurring at a faster rate than other time in history and is already impacting every part of the...
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Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 3:17pm
The Story of Recent Elections: Spend, Spend, Spend...
The story of this past election, and really the past several elections, is one of how much money floods our electoral system. The 2012, post- Citizen’s United election was the most expensive election in history and even though 2013 was an off-year election cycle, there was no shortage of spending.
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Friday, November 1, 2013 - 9:40am
'Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children'
I received a phone call Thursday from someone who had seen Demos’ Vice President, Heather McGhee, on MSNBC talking about why people need food stamps.
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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 12:46pm
A Path to Nowhere: Study Shows Limited Career Ladder in Fast Food Industry
Last week, my colleague Joe Hines analyzed how impossible it was to live on the budget McDonald’s outlined for its employees. Among many issues, McDonald’s budget assumed each employee had a second job to help ends meet.
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Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:19pm
Big Oil's (Taxpayer Subsidized) Big Profits
Here’s an example of how government subsidies distort market economics: Gas prices are down nearly 35 cents from last year, yet this has had virtually no impact on this year’s first quarter profits of the big oil companies.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 2:12pm
A Recession for the 93 Percent, Good Times for the 7 Percent
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Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 12:16pm
New 'Voluntary Standards' Don't Make Fracking Safe
In the debate over our energy future, I keep coming back to the question of whether or not fracking can be done safely.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 11:07am
Economic Stimulus Done Right: New Bill Would Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10
A new bill introduced by Senator Tom Harkin and Rep. George Miller would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and more importantly, peg it to inflation so that it would automatically adjust. The proposed wage hike is higher than the $9 per hour proposed by President Obama and is closer to what the minimum wage would be now if it had kept up with the rate of inflation.
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Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:57pm
New Study Shows Capital Gains Tax Cuts Biggest Contributor to Income Inequality
A new study looking at changes in wages and salaries, capital income, and in taxes found that capital gains and dividends made the largest contribution to income inequality. As the study states:
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Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 11:51am
The Minimum Wage: Popular With the Public, But Not the Donor Class
One of the best proposals to come out of the State of the Union was the President's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, phased in over three years, and tie it to the cost of living so it automatically adjusts. If anything, the proposed minimum wage is still too low. If the minimum wage had kept up with the rate of inflation, it would now be over $10.
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