Wage Growth Still Too Slow


The economy added 313,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported, up from 200,000 in January. Wage growth slowed to 2.6% over the previous year, down from 2.8% in January. Working people still are not receiving a fair return on our labor.

The unemployment rate for black workers is 6.9%, which is nearly double that of whites.  

February’s jobs report is a reminder that wages are not rising to match working people’s productivity.

Our elected leaders should adopt a policy agenda focused on lifting wages:

Economic growth can and must be shared with the hardworking men and women who make it possible.

Raising wages boosts consumer spending, which is good for working people, businesses and our entire economy.



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He Gets the Bucks, We Get All the Deadly Bangs

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre has had better weeks. First came the horrific early August slaughters in California, Texas, and Ohio that left dozens dead, murders that elevated public pressure on the NRA’s hardline against even the mildest of moves against gun violence. Then came revelations that LaPierre — whose labors on behalf of the nonprofit NRA have made him a millionaire many times over — last year planned to have his gun lobby group bankroll a 10,000-square-foot luxury manse near Dallas for his personal use. In response, LaPierre had his flacks charge that the NRA’s former ad agency had done the scheming to buy the mansion. The ad agency called that assertion “patently false” and related that LaPierre had sought the agency’s involvement in the scheme, a request the agency rejected. The mansion scandal, notes the Washington Post, comes as the NRA is already “contending with the fallout from allegations of lavish spending by top executives.”


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