WASHINGTON — Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections. Continue reading
On Labor Day, worker ownership adviser Christopher Mackin reflects on the unprecedented solidarity between Market Basket workers, managers and customers and looks forward to where the company is headed after the reinstatement of beloved CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. Continue reading
Psychologist Denise Cummins, who has held faculty and research positions at Yale and the University of Illinois, draws upon her own career to argue that tenure is a meaningless distinction between the accomplishments of adjuncts and full-time professors. Continue reading
At an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last week, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank is awaiting more recovery in the labor market before deciding when to raise interest rates. That was bad news for economist Terry Burnham, who returns to Making Sen$e to spell out the dangers of keeping rates low. Continue reading
Unless we change our distribution of non-labor income, we can kiss our middle class goodbye, says entrepreneur Peter Barnes. In his new book, “With Liberty and Dividends for All,” Barnes proposes a nationwide dividend program, like Alaska’s, that would help the middle class and reduce the need for wealth redistribution.
In the past three years, 22 American companies have relocated outside U.S. borders, usually through mergers with or purchases of a foreign company. That move, known as a tax inversion, means corporations are no longer subject to American corporate taxes. Jeffrey Brown learns more about the strategy and its effect on the economy from Roberton Williams of the Tax Policy Center. Continue reading
Pre-employment testing is a science, but the administration of those tests requires careful scrutiny, says guest columnist and industry insider Dr. Erica Klein. She shares her biggest beefs about poorly designed tests — and how to make it through them to compete for the job. Continue reading
You’ve spent decades paying taxes on your earnings to fund your own Social Security benefit, but when your higher-earning spouse dies, you start receiving spousal benefits that wipe out your own, albeit smaller, retirement benefit. Is that a fair deal? Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff doesn’t think so. Continue reading