A Bad Man’s Guide to Private Equity and Pensions

Critics of private equity often inveigh against the fact that the general partners (firms like KKR and Blackstone) have strong incentives to borrow heavily against the companies that they buy, since they collect so many fees that they profit whether or not the businesses they buy can survive with the debt load. It has reached […]

Poignant moments unfold at a preschool in a retirement home

Filmmaker Evan Briggs had spent a long time thinking about aging in America, our relationship to the elderly and how dysfunctional it seemed. “What is it about our value system that makes it so these people don’t really have a place here anymore after a certain age? Why are we OK with that?” she thought. […]

Scenes From Domestic Worker Organizing

“I am a home care worker, and I save lives. So why am I paid poverty wages?” LaTanya Cline demanded of an ebullient crowd of domestic workers, unionists and their families at the Justice for Homecare Tribunal in Sacramento. In March 2015, more than 200 members of the California Domestic Workers Coalition traveled to the […]

Florida Assisted living bill offers positive changes

After four years of delays and infighting, the Legislature has finally given Florida a chance to atone for letting elderly and mentally disabled citizens suffer in abusive assisted living homes. Lawmakers passed legislation that would give regulators new tools for monitoring and disciplining homes that do not measure up. The bill is far from perfect […]