Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is a co-editor of Inequality.org. @Anderson_IPS

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While none of these bills would completely solve our executive pay problem, they are important steps towards a more rational, equitable system. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) Views
Friday, August 02, 2019
3 Bills to Rein in Executive Pay
Here’s one sign of the unpopularity of overpaid corporate and banking executives: Shortly before heading home to face constituents during the summer recess, members of Congress introduced three bills to crack down on excessive compensation. Stop Wall Street Looting The new Stop Wall Street Looting...
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US Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) speaks as, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (D-MN)(L), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) (2R), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hold a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. - President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on four progressive Democratic congresswomen, saying if they're not happy in the United States "they can leave." (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) Views
Monday, July 22, 2019
‘The Squad’ Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies
“We are one of the wealthiest countries in the history of this world. And yet millions of adults in the United States still don’t have health insurance,” Rep. Ilhan Omar told an audience of her Minnesota constituents on Thursday evening. A day after the president of the United States incited...
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Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see the Postal Service for what it really is: a well-loved public institution that has risen to every challenge and innovated its way to new services even in the face of an unprecedented congressional mandate. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it
In 2006, Congress passed a law that imposed extraordinary costs on the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) required the USPS to create a $72 billion fund to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies...
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America Needs a Long-Term Care Program for Seniors Views
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
America Needs a Long-Term Care Program for Seniors
By 2035, seniors are projected to outnumber children in the U.S. population. Maybe then we’ll look back and credit Washington state activists for being on the forefront of tackling America’s elder care crisis. On May 13, the state became the first in the nation to adopt a social insurance program...
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For ordinary Americans, the slight uptick in wages is not enough to make up for many years of stagnation.(Photo: Stand Up KC/Twitter) Views
Monday, May 06, 2019
The Reality Behind the ‘Surging’ U.S. Economy
Recent economic reports have President Donald Trump crowing. The big headline numbers do sound encouraging. The unemployment rate is down to 3.6%, the lowest since 1969. Average earnings are finally outpacing inflation, the stock market has been hitting record highs, and the first quarter of 2019...
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In contrast to the Wall Street lobbyists, advocates for the working poor have been ignored by the majority of U.S. lawmakers in their calls for a raise in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. (Photo: David Ohmer/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
How Wall Street Drives Gender and Race Pay Gaps
Bonuses were down last year in the New York-based securities industry, according to just-released data from the New York State Comptroller . But the average end of year payout in this lucrative and overwhelmingly white and male sector is still dramatically higher than in decades past, while pay in...
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Disclaimer: This blog is not really about Beyonce. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
What’s Worse Than Ticket Scalpers? Stock Scalpers.
Internet bots immediately snapped up Beyonce’s presale tickets last year. And when the resale price rose above $1,000, the Beyhive was mighty peeved. Ticket scalpers are indeed frustrating. But their Wall Street cousins — what UMass-Amherst professor Douglas Cliggott calls the “ stock scalpers ” —...
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Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. rally in support of a financial transaction tax on April 20, 2013. Views
Sunday, February 24, 2019
What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through Tax Policy
States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of the new federal tax law that lowers taxes on the wealthy, and make critical investments in infrastructure, energy systems, and programs that create broader opportunity and...
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Candidates bolt out of the gates because they know it takes a long time to raise the mega-millions required for a White House run.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
If You Hate Campaign Season, Blame Money in Politics
Amy Klobuchar could’ve waited for the temperature to rise above 15 degrees before launching her 2020 presidential bid. Instead, she chose to risk frostbite and make her pitch in the middle of a snowstorm—all for an election more than 600 days away. The Minnesota senator is just one of around a...
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 Michael Dell, America’s 17th-richest man. (Photo: Flickr) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
For Dell’s Billionaire CEO, Taxing the Ultra-Rich is a Joke
At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a panel moderator asked Michael Dell, America’s 17th-richest man, what he thought about the idea of raising the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. This idea has been in the headlines since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez floated it in a 60...
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