Wednesday, July 28

BI Commentary

BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Congress, Economy, Fight for 15, McDonald's, Minimum Wage, Opinión, Politics, Retail, Workers

It’s been 12 years since Congress last raised the minimum wage. As a McDonald’s worker who makes just $10 an hour, I’m getting sick of Congress delaying another much-needed raise.

It's been 12 years since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 per hour. I'm a McDonald's worker who makes just $10 per hour. Millions of people across the country can no longer afford to wait — Congress must raise the minimum wage and lift workers out of poverty. Jarmier Owens has worked at a McDonald's location in Detroit for four years. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Climate change, COVID-19, Economy, Farmers, Healthcare, Heatwaves, Opinión, permalancer, Politics, Science, Workers

Heatwaves are killing workers on the job. The government needs to set new rules for employers before more Americans needlessly die.

Extreme heat is a public health crisis, just like the coronavirus pandemic. Essential workers and communities of color are put at higher risk for heat-related illness and lack protections, just as they have during the pandemic. While emissions need to be cut, the present impacts of heat on people need to be addressed with changes to regulations and infrastructure. Abdullah Shihipar is a writer who covers public health, class, and race. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Consumer spending, covid, delta variant, Economy, Federal Reserve, GDP, Markets, Opinión, Pandemic

The US economy’s boom is far from over — even with the Delta surge

With the Delta variant surging, COVID worries on once again on the rise. But there's no reason to worry about the US economy, even with new restrictions being floated. A helpful Fed, the encouraging data around vaccines, and flush consumers should keep the economy chugging along. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
accessibility, BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Labor, Old Age, Opinión, Tech, Tech Insider

The tech industry has a hidden unpaid labor problem

Tech services are increasingly reliant on young, tech-savvy people to explain products to older populations. Media depictions of older people not understanding technology often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Tech services must become more accessible for all age groups. Ingrid Cruz is a freelance writer based in Mississippi. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Congress, Economy, Opinión, Payroll Tax, Politics, Unemployment

Congress is sitting on an easy solution to speed job growth without causing inflation

Congress should suspend employer payroll taxes for businesses that expand their current payrolls with new hires from the long-term unemployed. This kind of targeted tax cut was already done before in 2010, proved to be bipartisan, and doesn't cause inflation. A CBO study ranks this tool in the top tier for being cost effective in reducing unemployment. Joseph S. Fichera has served since 2000 as chief executive officer of Saber Partners, LLC, a boutique financial consulting firm for regulators and corporations. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
BI Commentary, Canada, Commentary Freelancer, Genocide, Indigenous People, Opinión, Politics

The revelation of Canada’s cultural genocide against native people should shake the world into a historical reckoning that extends beyond empty apologies

751 unmarked graves of indigenous Canadians were uncovered weeks after another mass grave was found. The shocking news should jolt not just Canada, but the entire global community into reckoning with their own histories of cultural genocide. From Australia to China and a number of nations in between, policy and not apologies are what marginalized communities need to heal. Parisa Hashempour is a freelance journalist and International Studies lecturer living in the Netherlands. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. Weeks after a mass grave of 215 children was uncovered at t...
BI Commentary, Biden, Commentary Freelancer, Healthcare, hearing aid, Opinión, OTC, Politics

Hearing aids cost an average of $5000. Biden’s plan to make them affordable doesn’t go far enough.

President Biden's recent executive order aims to address, among other things, the exorbitant costs of hearing aids. Hearing aids cost an average of $5,000 and are rarely covered by insurance. Only 14% of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss can afford hearing aids. Over-the-counter hearing aids are not meant for children or those with severe or profound hearing loss. Erin Marsh is a writer and yoga teacher from the Midwest. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. ...
BI Commentary, Birth Rate, Careers, Commentary Freelancer, Life, Motherhood, Opinión, Parenting, Strategy, Workplace Culture

I know firsthand that having kids while young is penalized at work. If we’re worried about declining birth rates, workplaces need to start supporting young motherhood.

The US birth rate is declining partly because women are delaying childbirth. Workplace culture that discriminates against mothers plays a big part in deterring women from having children earlier in life. Now is the time to address the part our workplaces play in families' reproductive options. Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is a writer living in New York City. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
BI Commentary, Commentary Freelancer, Debt relief, Economy, Farming, Opinión, Politics, Racism, USDA

White farmers blocked a much-needed federal relief program for Black farmers. The saga proved Black farmers won’t overcome racism unless they take their economic future into their own hands.

In a historical step to redress racism, the USDA was poised to issue $4 billion in debt relief to farmers of color. White farmers and banks pushed back, in an attempt to uphold the racist structures they've benefitted from for centuries. Black farmers won't overcome racism until they take the levers of finance into their own hands and forge their own financial institutions. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. See more stories on Insider's business page. This month, in a historic step to redress racism, the United States Department of Agriculture planned to begin issuing...
BI Commentary, Congress, For the People Act, Georgia, Opinión, permalancer, Stacey Abrams, Supreme Court, Voting Rights, Voting Rights Act

The fight to protect voting rights at the federal level is dead. But there’s still a glimmer of hope.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona's law that makes it harder to vote. Congress has stalled out on advancing legislation to protect voting rights. But while the fight for voting rights may have died on the federal level, there is still hope to drive out people and protect voting at the state level. Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesman for the Justice Department, and the principal for the strategic-communications firm Group Gordon. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...