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July 28, 2011

Social Security: The Trust Fund, The Deficit, and Americans' Retirement Security

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building

Room 234
283 1st St SE
Washington, DC 20559

The Aspen Institute sponsored a panel discussion on Social Security called "Social Security: The Trust Fund, the Deficit, and Americans' Retirement Security." CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker took part in the panel, along with Representative Xavier Becerra and speakers from the Aspen Institute who discussed a soon-to-be-released brief, "Social Security: The House that Roosevelt Built." The paper takes a look at the legal status of Social Security, debunking some oft-heard critiques, such as that the bonds are worthless, the trust fund is a gimmick, and the program is merely a government run ponzi scheme. 

 

July 27, 2011

Press Conference on Impact of Debt Reduction Plans to Social Safety Net Programs

10:00 a.m.
Capitol Visitors Center

CVC-217
East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker joined Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the co-chairs of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus in a press conference on the debt reduction plans and their possible impact on social safety net programs for people facing or living in poverty.

 

July 25, 2011

Briefing on Anniversary of Increase in the Minimum Wage

2:00 p.m.
Senate Visitors Center

SVC 212-10
East Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20515

Sunday July 24 marked the second anniversary of the most recent increase in the minimum wage. This increase was one of the most important legislative achievements of the last decade for low-wage workers, giving millions of hardworking Americans a raise and helping low-income families make ends meet. The National Employment Law Project, Economic Policy Institute, Lake Research Partners and the Center for Economic and Policy Research conducted a briefing highlighting recent research and public opinions demonstrating the continued economic benefits and strong popularity of the minimum wage. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker moderated.

 

July 23, 2011

Fighting for Recognition: The Diversity of the AAPI Workforce Today

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Marriot City Center

1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607

As part of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance 2011 Convention, which took place July 21-24, CEPR's Director of Domestic Policy, Nicole Woo, took part in a presentation titled "Fighting for Recognition: The Diversity of the AAPI Workforce Today." Looking at Census Bureau microdata sets, the presentation highlighted demographic analyses and detailed snapshots of the rise of the AAPI workforce over the past decades, the vast diversity of the AAPI population, and challenges faced by AAPI workers. The findings counter the "model minority" myth and demonstrate that, to truly understand the state of AAPI workers, one must look beyond the aggregate numbers. With this data, organizations can equip themselves to fight for recognition from policy makers, stakeholders, and other key players about the need to address the issues of the AAPI working community. Lucia Lin of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment also took part in the presentation. 

 

July 20, 2011

How Will Austerity Affect Middle Class America? Lessons From Europe and the States

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2456
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20219

In the midst of a sputtering recovery, jittery financial markets, and high unemployment, deficit hawks continue pushing an agenda of deep spending cuts. This briefing examined questions about the economic effects of austerity measures already happening in Europe and at the state and local levels in the U.S., including:

  • What lessons can the U.S. learn from years of spending cuts and public sector layoffs in the United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland and other European countries?
  • How have the U.S. states that have cut the most spending fared during and after the Great Recession?
  • Can Europe teach us how budget cuts during an economic slowdown can have dramatic economic and social consequences?
  • What are the possible implications of this Greek crisis for global financial markets?
Read more...
 

July 19, 2011

National Labor Relations Board Public Meeting on Proposed Election Rule Changes

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NLRB

Margaret A. Browning Hearing Room
1099 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

More than 60 speakers from the business, labor, academic and advocacy communities registered to make presentations at the National Labor Relations Board’s open meeting on its recently-proposed election rule amendments, which were held over two days, on July 18 and 19. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker participated during the Tuesday afternoon session.

 

July 16, 2011

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement 2011 Annual Convention

8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
8600 Northpark Drive
Johnston, IA 50131

As part of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement's 2011 Annual Convention, CEPR Co-director Dean Baker took part in a workshop and a panel discussion titled "What Will it Take to Reclaim Our Democracy?" 

 

July 14, 2011

Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Do you know what Social Security is or how it works? Have you ever wondered why, whenever there is a discussion about the nation’s debt and deficits Social Security becomes a part of the conversation? Can we improve Social Security benefits for the vulnerable individuals who need it most? Would you like to know if, how, or when Social Security might run out of money?

For answers to these questions and more, the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) offered interns, students, and young professionals an opportunity to discuss and debate the future of Social Security at "Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns 2011." The free, day-long event featured prominent guest speakers, expert panels, and interactive activities, plus opportunities for networking. CEPR Domestic Intern Jane Farrell participated in a panel titled "Now What? - How Can I Use This Information and Experience?" 

 

July 11, 2011

Paid Family Leave Research and Its Implications for Action

3:00 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Researchers provide much of the fuel for advocates’ policy development, messaging, and outreach. As part of the 2011 National Summit on Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave, co-hosted by the National Partnership for Women and Families and Family Values at Work, CEPR Senior Economist Eileen Appelbaum took part in a panel discussion on "Paid Family Leave Research and Its Implications for Action." The summit takes place July 11-12, and the agenda and registration information can be found here.

 

July 8, 2011

Debating Taboos: Securities Transaction Tax – Bring it Back or Leave it Out?

11:30 a.m.
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW
Washington D.C., 20005

A financial transaction tax is a small tax placed on a specific type (or types) of financial transactions. The way it is often discussed is a small tax on each trade of stocks, derivatives, currency, and other financial instruments. "Debating Taboos" is a series of substantive debates organized by Ralph Nader that aims to bring attention to civic issues so controversial or taboo they have rarely, if ever, been addressed in the media, legislative bodies or the electoral arena. CEPR Co-Director Dean Baker co-moderated a debate on the need for a securities transaction tax. Also moderating the debate was Gus Sauter, chief investment officer of Vanguard Group. Robert Pollin, professor at UMass (Amherst), argued for the tax, and Jim Angel, professor at Georgetown University, argued against it. The debate was televised on C-SPAN.  You can watch the video here.

 
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