A robust middle class and broadly shared prosperity are the foundations of a strong economy. This means access to good American jobs, wages, and benefits for a hard day’s work, and the guarantee of retiring with dignity and some measure of economic security.
But a middle class does not just happen; it is built by deliberate policy choices that restore the American Dream, and through effective government that, in partnership with business, guarantees prosperity for all Americans, not just those at the top.
Today, much of the policy and program infrastructure upon which our middle class has been built in the past has been dismantled or weakened. People who’ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own are struggling to make ends meet. It’s time to put Americans back to work by investing in our future: our kids, our schools, our roads, and our bridges.
This website provides essential information, research, and analysis about the core set of public policies, programs, and fiscal choices that underpin a strong middle class. For each issue or policy area at the left, we have pulled together the latest research and policy developments. The site highlights the policies that support working- and middle-class Americans, shows where these policies are under attack, and suggests approaches to passing and implementing model policies and programs at the state and local levels.