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Amy Traub

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Amy Traub is associate director of policy and research at Demos. She is the author of "The Plastic Safety Net: Findings from the 2012 National Survey on Credit Card Debt of Low- And Middle-Income Households," and "Discrediting America: The Urgent Need To Reform The Nation's Credit Reporting Industry," among other reports and research.

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For years, states have cut school funding while reducing taxes on corporations. But teachers and workers are fighting back. Read more

Economic Policy

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A massive force is deployed against one, but not the other. (Guess which.) Read more

Economic Policy

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(Photo: AP/Invision for Walmart/Gunnar Rathbun)

Walmart workers have been fasting in the weeks leading up to Black Friday, demanding a living wage. Read more

Economic Policy

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The new law prohibits the discriminatory screening process, which disproportionately affects the poor and communities of color. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Data debunks the popular belief that one's character is a factor in accumulating debt. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Subsidies to the country's biggest employer help it remain immensely profitable. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

How to ensure Obama’s minimum wage order is enforced Read more

Money, Politics and Power

In his State of the Union, Obama will announce an executive order so federal contractors earn over $10.10 an hour. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The amount of money spent on stock buybacks could lift wages by $6 an hour. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

A new study puts a big price tag on federal subsidies to fast food companies. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Taxpayers pay $7 billion dollars a year to contracting executives making more than the Vice President of the United States. Wouldn't that money be better served raising the wages of low-wage workers? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

A new report from The New York Times shows that over a million low-income Americans have been denied a bank account. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

It’s time to pull the curtain on a show that’s putting even bank lobbyists to sleep Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The federal government indirectly employs almost 2 million low-wage workers. An executive order could raise their wages. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

It took five years for the popular policy to get a vote.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Eighty-one percent of workers said their financial situation was the same or worse than it was 4 years ago. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Employers themselves may not know what the credit-reporting giant does with their information. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

From Albuquerque to Idaho, Americans voted to give a raise to the lowest paid and refused to strip workers of their rights. Read more

Money, Politics and Power