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Chronicle Picks Up the Story

The Chronicle of Higher Education – the most prominent periodical in higher education – picked up the St. Mary’s Wages story. In this Commentary piece, we tie together discussions about inequality, Nick Hanauer’s letter to his fellow “zillionaires”, and Kentucky State University’s decision (suggested by their interim President) to raise the minimum wage on campus and pay for it by cutting the President’s salary.

Wages plan featured in the Huffington Post!

That’s the headline of the latest press on the St. Mary’s Wages Plan. It’s been up less than 24 hours and it’s already generated quite the buzz (over 350 comments, over 10k likes and over 2000 shares on Facebook).

In addition to St. Mary’s Wages proponents (and SMCM professors) Sandy Ganzell, Robin Bates and Dave Kung, the article quotes an anonymous SMCM staff member (who is struggling to get by), Interim President Ian Newbould and a senior policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The article is linked from the headline above, or can be found here: 

Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies

The idea of capping income at the top has a long and noble history in the United States. In fact, income caps have even had support from the White House. President Franklin Roosevelt pushed for just such a cap in 1942. The St. Mary’s Wages campaign is building on these past efforts and pointing us toward a more equal — and much better — future.

Sam Pizzigati, Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow and author, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class, 1900-1970