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Katherine McFate

Entries by Katherine McFate

Lessons From the Fair Labor Standards Act

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:05 PM

Seventy-five years ago, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into law. It was a weak version of its original design: the law applied only to industries in which about a fifth of the labor force was employed; maximum work hours were set at 44 hours and the...

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Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 2:27 PM

The holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge provides a useful vehicle for illustrating the message of a new report, Sensible Safeguards: The Gift that Keeps on Giving.

The ghost of Christmas past: When A Christmas Carol was written in 1843, England's early industrial revolution was unencumbered by employment...

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Regulatory Accountability Act Would Undermine Crucial Protections for the American People

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 2:50 PM

Eliminating lead in children's toys. Requiring seat belts in automobiles. Reducing coal dust in mines. Preventing unsafe drugs and foods from entering the marketplace. Outlawing predatory loan rates and lending practices. If the bill deliberately mislabeled the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) had been put in place in 1960, none of...

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The Biggest Loser in the Debt Ceiling Deal: American Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 3:48 PM

Like everyone else in the country, at OMB Watch, we are trying to find a sliver of hope in the outcome of the debt ceiling debacle. We are relieved that default was avoided, since the immediate repercussions could have been worse than the volatility we've seen in recent days. But...

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