Washington's Middle Class

The American Dream used to mean that if you put in a hard day's work, you could expect good wages, benefits, and a better life for your kids. But the kinds of jobs that can provide a solid middle-class life in return for hard work are in short supply—unemployment is up, hard-won benefits are being lost, and opportunity and hope are diminishing for ourselves and our children. The future of the middle class, which has been the backbone of Washington’s economy for more than half a century, is at risk.

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