• Help Wanted: Everywhere

    American has a low-skilled labor shortage. Can expanding guest worker visas provide businesses with the help they need?   Read More

  • The Minimum Wage Riddle

    Would a $15 federal minimum wage increase the well-being of low income Americans or put them out of work?   Read More

  • Big Sugar and Us

    It’s been a sweet year for Big Sugar. Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and the American Beverage Association beat back sugary drink taxes and their proponents in California, Arizona and Washington. The American Sugar Alliance succeeded in retaining...   Read More

  • No Room, No Board

    Jessica McCormick was a homeless college student. She escaped an abusive home and spent her last two years of high school living in a youth shelter. With the help of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time...   Read More

  • A Degree At Any Price

    Fraud complaints against for-profit colleges arrive at the Department of Education at a rate of 8,000 a month. That is on top of the current complaint backlog of 87,000. No wonder Betsy DeVos is trying...   Read More

  • Tax the Juul

    Buy a pack of Marlboros in New York City, and you will pay $5.85 in cigarette taxes. Buy a Juul e-cigarette device and liquid nicotine pod, and you won’t be taxed a penny. The total...   Read More

  • Flood Insurance: Underwater

    Roared ashore. Barreled across. Lashed down. However they arrived, the record-breaking  hurricane waters of 2017 engulfed residents in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands triggering $8 billion in National Flood Insurance Program...   Read More

  • Reduce, Reuse…China-Cycle?

    Green Fence. National Sword. Blue Sky. These are the aspirational names of China’s environmental policies that have put the $106 billion U.S. recycling industry through the shredder. China, the world’s largest importer of all types...   Read More

  • America’s Cold Shoulder

    The U.S. accepted 44 Syrian refugees in the first six months of this fiscal year. That’s a rounding error relative to the 11 million displaced Syrians in the world today, but representative of our current...   Read More

  • The Color of Money

    The Great Society was a set of social policy reforms spearheaded by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 with the goal of eliminating poverty and racial injustice. Yet, economic disparities between blacks and whites remain...   Read More