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16 Policies to Rebuild Middle Class

January 19, 2012

Center for American Progress released of list of 16 policy ideas to help rebuild the middle class that should also become part of the national debate:

1. Get young people into jobs so they can be working Americans

2. Let the aging unemployed retire with dignity

3. Expand the federal “jobs accelerator” program

4. Create a common application for federal programs for entrepreneurs

5. Reward students who work their way through college with increased access to federal student aid

6. Save tuition costs for students by awarding them college credit for proven knowledge

7. Automatically connect student-loan repayments to post-college pay levels for new college graduates

8. Create a web-based national career-guidance system to help workers navigate career advancement, education and training, and connect with future employers

9. Boost the earnings of workers and provide a greater incentive for firms to hire new workers by making more workers eligible for overtime pay

10. Help all middle-class working parents afford decent child care by improving the existing child and dependent care tax credit

11. Help middle-class families caring for aging parents by expanding the existing dependent tax credit to include a credit for eldercare expenses when the relative does not live with the taxpayer

12. Enact a Consumer Bill of Rights for mortgage customers that would create consumer protections and standards for mortgage servicers to protect homeowners and ensure stability in the housing market

13. Fight rising gas prices by helping consumers spend less on gas

14. Help middle-class families and small businesses fight the high cost of energy by making their homes and small commercial properties more energy efficient

15. Require companies that offer their CEOs “golden parachutes” in their contracts to offer strong severance packages to their other employees in the event of layoffs

16. Stop subsidizing excessive levels of CEO pay

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  • steve January 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    they had to throw in there ceo pay is subsidized.

    all credibility with that study is lost with that stupid line item.

    Note: you have to like Wayne’s comment.

  • John Roberts January 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

    So, those that are employed will fund these measures via taxes?

  • Lori Wallace January 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm


    I understand you are a small business owner here in Pensacola. I wonder if your employees are full-time employees with healthcare benefits, paid vacation days, sick days paid and the number of those days etc, as well as holiday pay and what holidays those are. Would you mind sharing that information with myself and the readers of this blog?


  • Wayne January 19, 2012 at 9:44 am

    People need to be trained for work. After the school bus picks up the young kids for school, there should be a bus that comes to pick up the parents. Take them to a school for training, assist them in choosing something they would like. The up front cost would be a good investment by putting people to work. If you are on the system and you get a job making minimum wage you could still qualify for some help if needed. If we continue to give able body people money to stay home, where is the incentive to work. People complain that there is no work. I looked at Lowes and Home Depots website and there are several jobs always listed. You may not always get that perfect job.

  • Ross Calloway January 19, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Reducing costs of energy and education are best accomplished with competition and free-market activity. Not more government deficit spending to support class envy and class warfare suggested by George Soros’ club.