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By Matthew Dillon Richard Eidlin
Posted on: May 30, 2017
Organic crop and farm bill discussions wait for no man. Even as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue gets settled into his new role, Congress is talking about agriculture policy and listening to stakeholders. A key emerging theme is that many food producers and rural communities are struggling. At a transitional moment such as this, it’s important to remember that organic agriculture leads to more profitable farms and job creation.A recent study from Pennsylvania State University shows that when there is a density of organic operations, annual median household income increases by more than... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: May 24, 2017
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet this Friday with the leaders of the G7 nations in Italy. On everyone's mind will be the uncertain fate of the international climate agreement forged in Paris, which Trump has said he would abandon.The Paris agreement is a pledge signed by 195 countries to reduce carbon emissions worldwide and slow the pace of climate change. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. joined in, pledging a big cut in our carbon footprint, which makes up 12 percent of the global total. Not surprisingly, then-candidate Trump announced opposition to the agreement, arguing... read more
By Leslie Samuelrich
Posted on: May 22, 2017
The Trump administration is beginning to act on its dangerous promises to roll back environmental regulations and undermine EPA’s ability to develop rules and quantify the benefits of regulations, as well as its authority and enforcement capabilities. As the administration continues to follow up on its rhetoric with regulatory action, more people are looking for ways to take an active role to protect environmental safeguards and promote the transition toward a more low-carbon, sustainable economy.Utilizing the financial markets is one way businesses and individuals can vote with their dollars... read more
By Patrick Duggan
Posted on: May 15, 2017
The availability of “good jobs” had been diminishing for decades even before America’s job market bottomed out in the Great Recession. Since then, our economy has produced more than 14 million jobs and unemployment has dropped below 5%. That sounds great on paper, but most new jobs have been in low-wage retail and fast-food occupations, and many parts of the country have been skipped over altogether.Some companies are creating good jobs by offering benefits like paid family leave/sick days, child care, retirement programs and even an ownership stake for employees. These high-road practices... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: May 11, 2017
After a crushing defeat trying to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump could be in for more of the same on tax reform.You might think that with Republicans controlling the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, tax reform would be easy. All Republicans want lower taxes – particularly when it comes to lowering the marginal tax rates for corporations and wealthy people. But as happened with health care, different Republicans want different and incompatible things from the tax system:The corporatist group wants to cut the nominal 39 percent tax rate on profits of U.S.... read more
By Mitch Rofsky
Posted on: April 25, 2017
President Trump says he will release his tax reform agenda this week.What a multi-tasker. It’s not easy to be early and late at the same time.While he’s behind in announcing his reforms—just barely squeezing his program (which isn’t even in legislative form) into the 1st Hundred Days, he’s actually rushing it. He still hasn’t provided the American people with the information we need to decide whether to provide our support: his tax returns.And, for once, the response is bi-partisan. Twelve Republican senators have now joined with Democrats calling for Trump to release his tax returns.There’s... read more
By Andrew Winston
Posted on: April 13, 2017
In September 2014, hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of New York City to raise awareness about climate change. Among them were leaders from major companies and business associations who saw the opportunity to show the pivotal role businesses can play in tackling climate change. The People’s Climate Movement is gathering citizens again in a few weeks, but this time in Washington, DC. Their collective voices will demonstrate to our elected officials the scale of demand for action.Business leaders should show up in force, whether physically or virtually. For companies,... read more
By Michael Peck
Posted on: April 6, 2017
Mortality is universal and bipartisan: black lives do matter and lower economic class, middle-aged white lives with a high school diploma or less are driving actuarial chart curves downward by dying off more quickly than they should. Causes are also bipartisan: disintegrating family cohesion, worsening job prospects in a rapidly decaying, inequality-driven culture that commoditizes the people who work, and inferior access to healthcare for the downtrodden including whites plagued by obesity, heart disease, diabetes and opiate addiction. Twenty-first century American exceptionalism and... read more
By MaryEllen Etienne
Posted on: March 30, 2017
In the environmental Reduce-Reuse-Recycle formula, “recycle” is best-known and “reduce” most obvious, but we can't achieve Zero Waste without all three -- and reuse offers the most interesting added benefits.In the corporate world, it’s savings. In the late 1990’s, Toyota began replacing cardboard gaylords and wooden pallets with reusable containers to ship parts to dealerships. In the early 2000’s, they began using these containers to ship parts, first from Japan to North America, then to distribution centers. Now, more than 65,000 reusable shipping containers carry109 million parts through... read more
By Eliza Kelsten
Posted on: March 23, 2017
Women’s History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on how far women have come as well as on the opportunities presented by continuing inequities. A recent McKinsey study showed women still do the majority of unpaid labor, and as the Institute for Women’s Policy Research notes, women who are paid make, on average, 80 cents to every dollar made by a man.[1] Women also make up a larger part of the workforce than in the past. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are 47% of the American workforce, and 70% of women with children under 18 work.[2] As female workforce... read more