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Stephen Kent
Stephen Kent is the president of KentCom LLC, a public interest and public policy PR practice he founded in 1988. It serves global, national, regional and community-based NGOs and has particular experience in peace and security, nuclear policy and nuclear abolition, climate change, environmental protection, public health, citizen diplomacy, civil rights, social and economic justice, media independence, globalization, corporate accountability and consumer protection issues.

He serves on the board of the Climate Crisis Coalition and of the Alice Curtis Desmond and Hamilton Fish Library, where he founded the "Bringing the Dream Home: Civil Rights and the Hudson Valley" events series, which studies regional and national race issues. He co-founded the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition of NGOs working to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant, 25 miles north of New York City, in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.

Kent has guest lectured at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including NPR's "Morning Edition." Before founding KentCom LLC, he was a freelance consultant and writer, studied and taught literature and philosophy at Yale, was federal intern with the State Department, and a speechwriter on the 1984 Mondale presidential campaign.

Entries by Stephen Kent

Unemployment and "Fundamental" Tax Reform

(10) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:06 AM

When Congress comes back next week, Washington will increasingly focus on what it calls "fundamental" tax reform. But it won't be entertaining reform capable of fundamentally shifting employment patterns and generating the jobs we need.

Meanwhile, employment continues to take one step forward and two steps back. Today's

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Uphill From Here: Why US Jobs Policy Will Improve

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Let's hope today goes down in history as the low point of our national debate on jobs, and that it's all uphill from here. With job creation flat-lining, tens of millions of Americans sidelined, President Obama's proposals getting panned before they are announced, and the jobs speech scheduling flap dominating...

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Reconnecting Job Growth to Deficit Reduction - Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 7:40 PM

In Part 1 of this blog, I overviewed an important new Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report on deficit reduction, and pointed out the significance of it leading with a one-year payroll tax holiday for employers and employees to encourage job growth and stimulate the economy. I...

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Reconnecting Job Growth to Deficit Reduction - Part 1

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 7:12 PM

Add Pete Domenici, Alice Rivlin and their colleages at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Deficit Reduction Task Force to the growing list of eminences in both parties who support cutting payroll taxes to stimulate the economy and jobs. Unlike last week's preliminary proposal from...

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Undead on Arrival: Why Payroll Tax Cuts Keep Coming Back -- Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 6:05 PM

In Part 1 of this blog I argued that despite the defeat of the latest jobs bill in the Senate, seen in historical context, support for the once-taboo idea of cutting payroll taxes is actually steadily growing, and that we're likely to see more, and more ambitious, such...

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Undead on Arrival: Why Payroll Tax Cuts Keep Coming Back -- Part 1

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 5:41 PM

The latest jobs bill -- probably the last attempt of the 111th Congress to stimulate job growth before it adjourns -- died in the Senate yesterday. Four Democrats plus Joe Lieberman joined 40 Republicans to filibuster the measure, which would have given a two-year payroll tax holiday to employers who...

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How Much Job Creation Is Enough? (Hint: Add a Zero) - Part 2

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 7:44 PM

It's currently unclear whether President Obama's lobbying to get a new jobs bill through the Senate will prove successful. But assuming it does, and even if we accept the Administration's dubious assertions that its policies can generate enough jobs to restore pre-downturn employment levels by the end of 2012 (see...

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How Much Job Creation Is Enough? (Hint: Add a Zero) - Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 7:21 PM

The May jobs report illustrates the mismatch between the magnitude of our unemployment problem and the incremental policy levers Washington is pulling to respond to it.

In recent months we have had a nice break from the grim relativity of less catastrophic job losses, but it's...

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Hugging the Third Rail: Unemployment Is So Bad, Washington May Finally Cut Payroll Taxes

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 12:27 PM

I'm no economist, though I've worked with plenty of them.  As a public interest and public policy PR consultant, the economic indicators I notice most are perceptual and rhetorical:  things like the steady uptick in comparisons to the Great Depression, and the new CNN/Opinion research poll that says concern over unemployment...

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