Posts by Amy Traub

Americans cumulatively have $854 billion in revolving loan (mostly credit card) debt, according to the Federal Reserve.
May 1, 2014 | Amy Traub
“How can you pay your debt, if you can’t get a job?” That’s the straight-forward question Council Member Debi Rose asked on the steps of New York’s City Hall this morning, as she stood up as a lead...
April 10, 2014 | Amy Traub
What does it take to change the business model of a multinational corporation that brings in nearly half a trillion dollars in revenue each year?  You’d have to ask Walmart workers.
April 9, 2014 | Amy Traub
“The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue—an estimated $13 billion last year—also likely has the most employees using food stamps.” The name of the mammoth food stamp-...
April 3, 2014 | Amy Traub
In an economic address last year, President Obama declared that his highest priority would be addressing economic inequality and reversing the long erosion of middle-class security. “Whatever...
March 12, 2014 | Amy Traub
The credit reporting industry has a profound and growing impact on Americans' economic lives—from whether you can rent an apartment to how much your car loan costs to whether you get hired for a job—...
March 3, 2014 | Amy Traub
Airports are doing it. Big retailers are doing it. Cities are getting in on the action too.
February 21, 2014 | Amy Traub
For hundreds of thousands of low-paid employees of federal contractors, the executive order President Obama announced in his State of the Union address will make a important difference in their...
February 11, 2014 | Amy Traub