The news cycle at the end of last week highlighted the persistent “rising tide” of inequality cast over the U.S. economy.  Persistent reporting of the facts about the widening gap between the very wealthy and the rest of society leads to statements more commonly used to describe sea level rise and climate change: The forces of income inequality are becoming stronger with more intense and extreme consequences. As I argue in an op-ed at The Hill, it appears that there are no solutions forthcoming at the federal level – in fact, federal policy coming from Washington is likely to make things worse. Instead, as often is the case with innovative climate policy action, we need to look to states and local communities for promising solutions to rising inequality in the coming years.

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Written by Scott W. Allard