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EARN groups produce research, fact sheets, issue briefs, and multimedia resources on a multitude of topics to help inform public policy in a way that will strengthen the economy for working people.

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The State of Working Vermont 2019

An economist looking at Vermont statistics can see that the state is benefiting from the U.S. economic expansion, which became the longest on record last summer: There are more jobs, higher wages, fewer children in poverty.1 At the same time, many Vermonters can look at their paychecks and wonder when the recession is going to […]

VA

Raising the Wage in Virginia Will Benefit Working Families

Everyone in Virginia working a full-time job should be paid enough to provide for their family. However, for many this is not the case. Nearly two-thirds of Virginia families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold have at least one adult who is working, yet they are paid too little to make ends meet. Virginia […]

IAOHWI

Race in the Heartland: Equity, Opportunity, and Public Policy in the Midwest

  • October 10, 2019
  • Colin Gordon

A number of factors—historical, economic, demographic, and political—have shaped patterns of racial disparity and race relations in the Midwest. Of the eight most segregated cities in 2010’s Census data, six (Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Cincinnati) are in the Midwest. And despite some pockets of Latino growth in the last generation, fully 91.4% […]