Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy Forum: The Demise of the American Middle Class: Is it real? Is it reversible? Is it inevitable?

Hosted by the Frances Perkins Center

Because of her pivotal role in creating New Deal programs – programs that continue to provide financial security to millions of Americans today – Frances Perkins is credited with helping to establish the American middle class. Prior to the 1930’s, Americans were divided between the poor and the wealthy. Economic developments over the past thirty years have caused a substantial erosion of the average wealth of the American family, and income stagnation for most Americans has greatly reduced their buying power. The economic security of American families to which Frances Perkins devoted her life to achieving is in jeopardy. What are the causes of these developments? What can be done to reverse them? Is the current state of our economic condition an inevitable consequence of a capitalist economy?


Dr. Jeff Faux, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute. Author of The Servant Economy: Where America’s Elite is Sending the Middle Class.





Dr. Lawrence Mishel, President, Economic Policy Institute, co-author The State of Working America, a book that former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich says “remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today’s economy.”






Senator Roger Katz is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate.  He represents the people of Senate District 15, which consists of Augusta, China, Oakland, Sidney, and Vassalboro.  Prior to his legislative service, Senator Katz was Mayor of Augusta for two terms. Katz is currently one of two Republican Senators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, which is responsible for drafting the  state’s budget.  He also serves as Chair of the Government Oversight Committee.





Show Dates & Times:

7/23/15 - Thursday

4:00 pm,

$25/General Admission. On day of show, Box Office opens at 3pm. Doors at 3:30pm.

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