Posts by Stephanie Fenner

Mid-Week Reads: China and Student Loan Debt

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen China’s Twilight Years China’s economy–which until recently appeared to be an unstoppable juggernaut–will be hampered in future decades by an aging population which will cause China’s workforce to shrink. While…

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Mid-Week Reads: Voter Suppression and Racial Economic Disparities

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen Stop Voter Suppression Economist and former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich neatly highlights various forms of voter suppression practiced by states around the nation and endorses “a new Voting Rights Act—that renews…

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Mid-Week Reads: Corporate Welfare and Sleep-Deprived Workers

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen The Real Welfare Cheats According to a new Oxfam report, governments around the world lose $100 billion every year because multinational corporations hide profits in overseas tax havens. Corporate income…

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Mid-Week Reads: On Government and Target

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen Things are Getting Better, Slowly, Because of Government This article is a summary of a recent Twin Cities talk given by Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker. Hacker’s premise is nicely…

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Mid-Week Reads: Libertarianism and Carli Lloyd

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen Libertarianism’s Iron Cage: From Ayn Rand to Rand Paul This article is the best exposition of libertarianism that I’ve ever read, tracing its intellectual origins and current popularity in conservative…

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Equal Pay Day and Student Loans

Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. In other words, it takes a woman from January 1, 2015 to April 12, 2016 to earn the same as a man earns in 2015. Women, in 2016, make just 79 cents on the dollar compared…

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Minnesota's Growing Clean Energy Economy

According to the latest Clean Jobs Midwest survey, Minnesota’s clean energy economy is substantial. We have over 54,000 clean jobs across the state, and jobs in this sector are projected to grow 4.4 percent in the next year. Clean Jobs Midwest writes: 87% of the workforce are involved in energy efficiency, and 77% of the…

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Mid-Week Reads: Campaign Funding and Climate Change

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen Fair Campaign Funding The editors of America Magazine bemoan the unrestricted political spending that has flooded into political campaigns and argue that the U.S. constitution should be amended to overturn…

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Mid-Week Reads

Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week. Jeff Van Wychen Look to the Insects. This article critiques a new book by American biologist David Sloan Wilson entitled, Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others. This book examines the…

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Wage Theft in Minnesota

Wage theft is a serious issue affecting the entire nation, including Minnesota. Millions of American workers have had their wages stolen by their employers, and according to a report from the Department of Labor, wage theft disproportionately affects low-wage workers. The Department of Labor found that minimum wage violations (wage theft for minimum wage workers),…

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