Economic Policy Institute

The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Women Would Be Most Affected By “Tip Stealing” Rule
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a rule that would make it legal for employers to pocket the tips of their tipped workers, as long as they pay their workers the minimum wage. EPI previously estimated that if this “tip stealing” rule is finalized, workers will lose $5.8 billion every...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
At Least $2 Billion In Stolen Wages Was Recovered For Workers in 2015 and 2016
A new EPI paper finds that at least $2 billion in stolen wages was recovered for workers across the United States in 2015 and 2016. The comprehensive report on wage theft, by EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas, Research Assistant Zane Mokhiber, and intern Adam Chaikof, is an update of EPI’s 2014...
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Moves to Make Joining a Union More Difficult
Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) took the first step towards rolling back a 2014 rule that simplified the election process by which working people can join together to bargain for better wages and working conditions. The NLRB announced the issuance of a Request for Information (RFI...
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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Senate Tax Bill Is a Scam, Through-and-Through
The following statement is from Josh Bivens, Director of Research at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): A fter spending most of the year promising a tax cut for the middle class, Republicans in the Senate have joined their colleagues from the House of Representatives in reneging on this pledge...
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
New Interactive Map Tracks Labor Law Preemption Nationwide
S ince 2010, Republican-controlled state legislatures have increasingly used preemption laws to strike down local government efforts to improve the working conditions of their residents. EPI’s new interactive map tracks the rise of preemption in five key areas of labor and employment: minimum wage...
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Corporate Tax Cuts Will Not Increase Wages For Working Families
In a new paper , EPI Research Director Josh Bivens provides evidence that corporate tax cuts (like those included in the recent “Unified Framework” Republican tax plan) will not boost American wages, and demonstrates that claims to the contrary are based on faulty theory and evidence. Bivens looks...
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Monday, September 11, 2017
Federal Public Investment is the Most Efficient Way to Finance Infrastructure
In a new report , EPI budget analyst Hunter Blair finds that the state and local governments have taken a larger role in infrastructure spending, even though it is often more efficient for the federal government to lead the way. In 2015, 77 percent of public spending on transportation and water...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Progressive Cities are Raising Their Labor Standards, But Conservative State Legislatures Are Preempting Them
A new repor t by EPI Associate Labor Counsel Marni von Wilpert analyzes the recent wave of preemption laws that have swept across the country in the last decade. State governments use preemption laws to supersede city or county laws, or prevent local governments from legislating in certain areas at...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Corporations Pay Between 13 and 19 Percent in Federal Taxes—Far Less Than the 35 Percent Statutory Tax Rate
As the GOP push to pass “tax reform” starts to heat up, policymakers will debate whether the corporate tax rate is too high or too low. A standard but misleading talking point for those wishing to give more tax breaks to corporations is that the United States has one of the highest statutory rates...
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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
The Persuader Rule Would Have Shined a Spotlight on the Union-Avoidance Industry – but the Trump Administration is Rescinding It
In a new comment submitted to the Department of Labor, EPI Associate Labor Counsel Marni von Wilpert argues that the “Persuader Rule,” which is designed to add transparency to union elections by requiring companies to disclose when they hire professional union busters, should not be rescinded. Von...
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