Economic Policy Institute

High tech visas become hot button topic in immigration debate

High tech visas become hot button topic in immigration debate

Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who’s taken the lead in pushing to crack down on outsourcing […]

Low wage workers see lots of doom and gloom in the future

Low wage workers see lots of doom and gloom in the future

America’s lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession — but few are bragging. As a workforce sector, those earning $35,000 or less annually are generally pessimistic about their finances and career prospects. Many see themselves as worse off now than during the recession, a two-part Associated Press-NORC Center for […]

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

GOP threats of cuts lead to voluntary downsizing by governments

Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they’ve already gotten much of both. Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 […]

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

Unemployed and uncounted: Out of work and out of hope

When Daniel McCune graduated from college three years ago, he was optimistic his good grades would earn him a job as an intelligence analyst with the government. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University in Virginia, majoring in government service and history, McCune applied for jobs at the National Security Agency, the Federal […]