Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, in Washington DC.

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"It’s not hard to understand how it could put a damper on your morale to be working hard and struggling to get by while your boss is being rewarded hundreds — or even thousands — of times more than you on payday." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business
Mattel is one of the largest toy-making companies on earth. Turns out it’s one of the biggest manufacturers of income inequality, too. Last year, the Barbie doll manufacturer paid its CEO nearly 5,000 times as much as its median worker. This stunning revelation is the result of a new regulation...
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"More than 83 percent of the companies (188 out of 225) paid their CEO in excess of 100 times the median salary." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Rep. Keith Ellison Takes a Hard Look at New CEO Pay Ratio Data
Big Business fought hard to kill a new regulation requiring corporations to disclose the gap between their CEO and median worker pay. For eight years after the regulation became law, corporate lobby groups fought to repeal, gut, or at least delay it. But thanks to an outpouring of support by...
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“We are here. And we’re ready to take over. Because we may not run the United States, but we make it run. And we are ready to shut it down with our bodies.”(Photo: AP/Gerry Broome) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A New Poor People’s Campaign Is Gearing Up to Launch on Mother's Day
"I am not speaking about the poor. I am not speaking for the poor. I am the poor.” Claudia De la Cruz was speaking at an April 10 press briefing in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival . Inspired by a similar 1968 initiative led by Dr. Martin...
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An Aedes aegypti mosquito. Views
Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Mosquito Gap
OK, I admit it, I’m a freeloader. My neighbors asked if I’d go in on a mosquito control service last spring, and I turned them down. I was skeptical about whether the “eco-friendly” service would actually work. But I was mostly taken aback by the cost: $750 for the season. Several neighbors went...
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Friday, January 05, 2018
RIP Marc Raskin, Who Connected the Dots Between Inequality and War
Institute for Policy Studies Co-founder Marcus Raskin will be remembered, among many other noteworthy achievements, for coining the term “national security state.” In congressional testimony in 1967, he used the phrase to describe the complex web of war institutions he feared would drive continuous...
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The Poor People’s March in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Wikipedia/ Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
The GOP Tax Plan Is Igniting a Movement for a Moral Economy
If you’re expecting a gift card from your boss as an end-of-year bonus, enjoy it this year because you probably won’t get one in 2018. The Senate tax bill would ban such rewards. Why? Because Republican lawmakers are determined to prevent ordinary workers from pocketing a $25 or $50 gift card...
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Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Caring Across Generations campaign: "The Maine campaign for universal in-home care could be the next big thing in the care movement. It could be a blueprint for the nation." Views
Friday, October 13, 2017
Taxing the Wealthy to Pay for Universal Home Care
Maine is developing a well-deserved reputation for cutting-edge progressive ballot initiatives. In 2016, voters approved proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage, raise taxes on the wealthy to fund education, introduce ranked choice voting, and legalize marijuana. The key force behind the state’...
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"Many of the CEOs on these councils had been under heavy pressure to disavow Trump’s agenda of hate and racism even before Charlottesville. That pressure came from grassroots activists," Anderson writes. Views
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Activists Who Helped Shut Down Trump’s CEO Councils
The CEOs who made up two White House advisory councils have fled like rats on a sinking ship. Their exodus — a dramatic rebuke of Donald Trump — came within 48 hours of the incendiary August 15 press conference where the President praised some of the participants of last week’s white supremacist...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
The Alt-Right and the 1%
When President Donald Trump let loose at his Tuesday press conference, equating anti-racism protesters with neo-Nazis, it was a big hit with the men who’d taken part in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. But Trump wasn’t just playing to the kind of racist crowd that marches around...
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Defenders of overpaid CEOs have reason for angst. (Photo: jerry dohnal/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 31, 2017
Rising Angst Among Defenders of Overpaid CEOs
Overpaid CEOs enjoyed a sweet victory in June when the House of Representatives took action to protect them from having to disclose how much more money they make than their workers. But the celebration didn’t last long. The odds of the Senate taking similar action any time soon were always long...
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