Tax Policy

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

Hottest Year on Record, 2014, Brings Economic Opportunity

January 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

HUFFINGTON POST 01/07/15 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek With 2014 weighing in as the hottest year on record, the window to mitigate global warming rapidly shrinks. It’s time to eliminate the debate that action on climate change will harm economic growth. Climate change, left unaddressed, will decimate our […]

Read more ›
Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

Fossil Fuel Divestment Works in Slowing Global Warming

September 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 09/02/14 By Michael Shank and Julia Trezona Peek Once the lone province of climate scientists, the chorus warning of the costs of inaction on climate change grows larger daily, from former United States Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who warned Washington this summer of the coming climate bubble, to […]

Read more ›
Embracing Healthier Communities Through Clean Energy

Embracing Healthier Communities Through Clean Energy

June 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

ROLL CALL 06/10/14 By Michael Shank and Rep. Lloyd Doggett When it comes to choosing the right energy to power America’s communities and economies, it’s safe to say that most Americans, if given the option, would choose an energy source much like they might choose a neighborhood in which to […]

Read more ›
Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

Can TTIP Live up to its Promises?

May 11, 2014 at 11:38 pm

ATLANTIC 05/09/14 By Neil Thompson The Friedrich-Ebert Foundation invited two opposing speakers to debate the merits of TTIP. An important point to come out of the argument was both agreed it should not be set in stone once signed. It is meant to be a living document, subject to a […]

Read more ›
Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

Civil Society Is Faltering in This Middle East Nation

May 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

POLITIX 05/07/14 By Michael Shank Trust is essential for any society to function. If it’s not there, political and economic progress is impossible. That’s exactly what’s happening in Yemen right now. From the public’s perspective in Sana’a where I spent the last week, the transitional government cannot be trusted, nor […]

Read more ›
A Budget for Working America

A Budget for Working America

April 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

THE HILL 04/04/14 By Michael Shank and  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) To hear corporate America tell it, our economic recovery is going great. The top 1 percent of earners saw their incomes grow by 31.4 percent from 2009-2012. Oil companies are seeing record profits. Unfortunately, that’s not the recovery — […]

Read more ›
How to Save the American Dream

How to Save the American Dream

March 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

CNN 03/14/14 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Alan Lowenthal Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.  Michael Shank is associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and a senior fellow at the JustJobs Network. […]

Read more ›
Tea Party Republican Joins with LA Democrat and Introduces Legislation to Assist Long-Term Unemployed Americans

Tea Party Republican Joins with LA Democrat and Introduces Legislation to Assist Long-Term Unemployed Americans

February 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

CALIFORNIA NEWSWIRE 02/11/14 By Christopher Simmons SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Seeking to lower the number of long-term unemployed Americans, a Tea Party Republican joined with a Los Angeles Democrat today, introducing legislation in Washington D.C. that would provide long-term unemployed Americans with assistance in moving to search for […]

Read more ›
Tea Party, Progressives Unite on Fast-Track Trade Authority

Tea Party, Progressives Unite on Fast-Track Trade Authority

November 13, 2013 at 9:44 am

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/13/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 13, 2013 — With the Tea Party coming out hard against President Obama’s trade agenda, there may be some synergy among conservatives and progressives in tackling this year’s hottest transnational conflict. Outspoken critic of the Obama trade agenda and Washington Times Communities […]

Read more ›
Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

Climate Crisis and the Will to Act

October 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

THE HILL 10/22/13 By Michael Shank and US Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) In the past month, the U.S. has faced two grave threats, one domestic and one international. Both pose serious consequences to the United States and the world at large, and no one knows how either will end. The […]

Read more ›