The Economic Implications of the 2013 Elections

… In 2013, voters across the country approached the polls with a very clear agenda, expressing not only their ongoing anxiety about the state of the economy, but also their strong desire to help the middle class and level the economic playing field for working families. This trend was not limited to minimum wage increase initiatives, either; some of the biggest candidate races became referenda on economic policy, job creation, and leveling the playing field for America’s working middle class families.

Far from a new development, these wins build on the momentum from earlier campaigns—both the economic populism of recent federal races, and the multiple statewide minimum wage initiative victories of 2006, 2004, and years prior—as well as the electorate’s enduring frustration over economic equality, manifested in consistently negative ratings of the economy stretching back well over a decade now. CONT. (pdf)

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