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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 31, 2020
Factory Revival
By Sen. Tom Carper
American workers -- factory workers in particular -- are clearly under extraordinary stress in today's global economy. The federal government needs to respond with better policies, but in the interim, states can pick up at least some of the federal government's slack.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 31, 2020
Globalization 3.0
By Thomas L. Friedman
It's a flat world -- at least in communications and commerce. Thanks to flatism, Boston, Beijing, and Bangalore are elbow-rubbing neighbors. This has created a silent challenge to American policymakers -- yet most don't even recognize the quiet crisis we're in. What should America do?


Sun Microsystems | Article | June 10, 2020
Invest In Your Employees -- E-Train Them
Surveys show that employees hunger for more training, but many manufacturers aren't able to see the long-term benefits.


PPI | Presentation | March 16, 2020
Education, Skills and the New Economy
By Robert D. Atkinson
A presentation to the National Association of Workforce Boards.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 27, 2020
Bush's Double Whammy on Jobs
By Robert D. Atkinson
First Bush killed jobs with bad economic management. Now he's making matters worse by slashing assistance for unemployed and dislocated workers.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | December 2, 2020
Ladders to Success
By Michael Bernick
Union and industry-based skills training can lift wages for the working poor.


DLC | New Dem Of The Week | July 22, 2020
New Dem of the Week: Greg Meeks
"I think our country's current education system is still geared toward the 20th century," says Meeks, who credits New Democrats with being at the forefront of the New Economy movement.


PPI | Policy Report | June 14, 2020
Creating a National Skills Corporation
By Robert D. Atkinson
Congress should create a National Skills Corporation and fund it in part by transferring the Department of Labor's H-1B training funds to the Corporation.


PPI | Policy Report | June 14, 2020
New Economy Work (NEW) Scholarships
By Paul Weinstein Jr.
If we are serious about helping all workers excel in the demanding New Economy, we need radical reform of federal training programs to ensure that workers are equipped with the tools to get and stay ahead.


PPI | Policy Report | May 23, 2020
Prison Labor: It's More than Breaking Rocks
By Robert D. Atkinson
There is a lot that can and should be done to ensure that workers and businesses benefit in the New Economy. Opposing prison labor is not one of them. In fact, limiting prison labor would lower economic growth, while reducing the effectiveness of prisons to move prisoners to productive and law-abiding lives when they are released.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2020
Community-Friendly Computer Training
By maximizing students' skills, Massachusetts schools are minimizing their costs.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 21, 2020
Jobs That Grow
By Amy Dean
Democrats need to talk not only about creating jobs, but also about building careers.


PPI | Front & Center | March 27, 2020
The Bush "New Balance" UI Plan: Lower Taxes for Employers, Fewer Benefits for Workers
By Robert D. Atkinson
The nation needs a robust unemployment insurance (UI) system, not just to help workers in a more volatile labor market, but also to reduce the duration and depth of economic downturns. It is incumbent upon Congress and the states to reform UI to meet the realities of the New Economy.


PPI | Policy Report | February 19, 2021
Modernizing Unemployment Insurance for the New Economy and the New Social Policy
By Robert D. Atkinson
An industrial-era program, unemployment insurance needs urgent reform to work for the New Economy.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 11, 2021
How to Modernize Unemployment Insurance
By Robert D. Atkinson
An industrial-era program, unemployment insurance needs urgent reform to work for the New Economy. (Article based on a forthcoming PPI Policy Report.)


PPI | Policy Report | April 20, 2020
Building Skills for the New Economy: A Policymaker's Handbook
By Robert D. Atkinson
Eight principles that all levels of government should follow in designing a workforce development system for the New Economy, and 19 specific steps policymakers can take to craft a more effective system to give workers the tools they need to succeed.


DLC | New Dem Daily | February 16, 2021
Idea of the Week: Adult Education for the New Economy
A report from the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth dramatically documents the need for big improvements in adult education as part of the "lifelong learning" system we need in the New Economy.


DLC | New Dem Daily | November 3, 2020
Idea of the Week: High-Tech High School
Stamford, Connecticut, is in the middle of a rapidly growing IT economy boom, yet the Connecticut Internet Association estimates that one out of four IT jobs in the state are currently unfilled. It's obvious that Connecticut should work harder to meet the demand with a local supply of trained workers.


DLC | New Dem Daily | October 5, 2020
H-1B Visa Bill Easily Clears Congress
But the best part of the H-1B program is that it uses fees paid by employers for the visas to pay for education and training programs for American citizens designed to build up the domestic supply of skilled technical workers.


New Democrat Coalition | Message Of The Week | October 3, 2020
Addressing The Workforce Shortage
New Democrats believe that American companies should be able to recruit the best and brightest employees from around the world. We believe that allowing these highly-skilled professionals to work and live in America benefits our economy, our workers, and helps ensure that our high-technology industry leads the world in competitiveness. But New Democrats also believe that we must invest in education and training for American students and workers.


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