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Addressing the Income Gap: President ObamaAddressing the Income Gap: President Obama's "Middle-Class" Tax Reforms

By Jacob Barnes Published February 22, 2015

President Obama has proposed a series of reforms to the American tax system in his promotion of "middle-class economics," including increases to capital gains rates and expansion of the earned income tax credit. Will these proposals make it past Congress?


American Economic Optimism Remains Low, Potentially on the Mend

By Jacob Barnes Published November 9, 2014

The results of a recently published survey conducted by the Pew Research Center show US economic optimism to be on the rise. While this may be a step in the right direction, the glass remains half empty for almost 4 in 5 Americans.


Minimum Wage, Overtime Protection Delayed for Home Health Care Workers

By Jacob Barnes Published October 24, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor announced on Tuesday the complete extension of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protection to home health care workers will be delayed until at least 2016.