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  • October 11, 2012

    Unionosity features article “Apparently, Suite Crime Does Pay”

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  • October 6, 2012

    The Bemidji (MN) Pioneer features article “A Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent”

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  • October 6, 2012

    ABC News features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    Their "Congressional Report Card for the 99 percent" identifies 17 members of the Senate from both sides of the aisle, listed on the group's website, who they say are most friendly to the 1 percent of Americans who have the most assets and income.

    The group gave 48 representatives and 11 Senators a grade of "F" and 14 representatives and five Senators a grade of "A."

    Scott Winship, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, which has often been cited as a "centrist" think-tank, said longer-term trends in inequality are driven mostly by the strength of financial markets than the legislation the Institute for Policy Studies analyzed.

    [however] Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow [also] at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Center on Children and Families, said the Bush tax cuts "very clearly favor the rich."

    She called the report "very interesting and well done."

  • October 5, 2012

    Facing South features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    Though the South is the region of the United States with the greatest concentration of income inequality, its representatives in Congress are doing a poor job of addressing the problem.

    The Institute for Policy Studies released a report this week that grades federal lawmakers on 40 legislative actions over the past two years that either helped the most affluent or the poorest of their constituents.

    The 13 Southern states* earned an average score of C-. Of those 13 states, 10 have among the highest income inequality index scores nationwide.

  • October 4, 2012

    Unionosity features article “A Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent”

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  • October 4, 2012

    PolicyMic features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    Report was released today by progressive think-tank: Institute on Policy Studies in Washington, DC that gives a 'report-card' on how well/poor Congress addresses income inequality... As you can expect, 59 Congress members gets an 'F'. I expected that, but the overwhelming numbers of the wealth that these members have (on both sides of the aisle) was sort of mind-boggling.

  • October 4, 2012

    Mother Jones features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    The "Inequality Report Card," published today by the Institute for Policy Studies, looks at how lawmakers voted on dozens of bills that would, among other things, raise taxes on the wealthy, restrict the use of offshore tax havens, increase the minimum wage, and strengthen labor unions.

  • October 4, 2012

    The New York Times features report “Executive Excess 2012: The CEO Hands in Uncle Sam's Pocket”

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    "The Institute for Policy Studies in Washington estimates that four major tax breaks that encourage excessive corporate pay cost taxpayers $14.4 billion last year. And 26 chief executives received more in pay last year than their companies paid in total federal corporate income taxes," wrote columnist Nicholas Kristof.

  • October 4, 2012

    The Examiner features report “Inequality Report Card: Grading Congress on Inequality”

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    The Institute for Policy Studies gave Rep. Tim Scott a failing grade in its Congressional Report Card, which was released yesterday.

    He was one of 48 U.S. representatives, and the only one from South Carolina, to receive this lowest grade.

    In its report, IPS notes that Scott voted to extend the Bush tax cuts on both high and unearned income (HR 8) and to reduce corporate (HR 9). He voted against a measure that would prevent use of offshore accounts as tax havens (theDoggett Amendment), and Scott also co-sponsored a bill to reduce taxes on overseas earnings (HR 1834). He co-sponsored a bill to eliminate estate taxes (HR 1259), as well.

  • October 4, 2012

    The Huffington Post features report “America Is Not Broke”

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    Most importantly, nobody dared to breathe the truth, lest it actually get out -- America Is Not Broke.

    That's right, the debate was an exercise in ridiculousness that produced no insight, no plan, no inspiration, no leadership, no truth. We are rich. We have enough money to put nutritious food on the tables of the one in five U.S. kids who are hungry and undernourished. We have enough money to help the laid-off moms and dads make ends meet until they get another job.

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