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A Program for the Middle Class

November 21, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman

In the two weeks since the midterm elections pundits have made a great deal about the thrashing the Democrats received at the hands of the GOP. To the extent that Democrats represent a voice for a progressive agenda, that goal will no doubt be more difficult to achieve. And yet, if progressivism is defined by your ability to call the other side names, then they can keep it.

Ready to Rumble for Rent Regulation?

November 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—That’s what Assemblyman Keith Wright said outside City Hall on Tuesday as he was joined by a bevy of city and state elected officials and pro-tenant advocates as they gear up for the legislative battle against the Republican-led State Senate to preserve strong rent regulation laws in the city.

Mayor’s Affordable Housing Plan Called ‘Squishy’

November 19, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The long anticipated City Council hearing to learn more details of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan on Monday proved “squishy” as the commissioner of the housing agency couldn’t provide exact numbers on the number of units targeted for preservation.

Shot in the Arm for Public Employees

November 18, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—A collaboration between the City and a physicians’ network is making it easy for the City’s more than 300,000 public employees to stay healthy by providing easy access to the flu shot.

The Corrosive Effects of Market Power

November 14, 2014
Oren M. Levin-Waldman

In An Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith puts forth the ideal of the "invisible hand" as the mechanism through which individual selfishness will be regulated for the larger public interest. Through competition, whereby sellers, whether they are selling consumer goods, inputs for the production process, or even labor services, will not overcharge and exploit for fear that the competitive market will otherwise punish them and put them out of business.

Tish James and ‘The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class!’

November 13, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—The Public Advocate warned that unless the city takes a more direct role in shaping how development proceeds, New York City’s shrinking middle class will evaporate.

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Right to Work for Less

November 12, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

In a 5-0 decision Nov. 6, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld the state’s 2012 law prohibiting union and agency shops, reversing a lower-court ruling that the ban violated the state constitution.

Remember Our Veterans

November 12, 2014
By Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate

New York, NY - The rights we too often take for granted would not be here for us without the bravery of our veterans. From Normandy to Afghanistan, our heroes have made us proud and put their lives on the line for our freedom.


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