• 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

  • Long-Term Care: You’re On Your Own

    Aging baby boomers are rocking family finances and shocking the healthcare system with unanticipated long-term care expenses that leave them and our government burdened by the financial realities of elder care. Current federal proposals to...   Read More

  • Squeezing Public Schools

    Maintaining a high-quality public education system, particularly in the face of increasing global competition, is one important function of government. In the U.S. 90% of all K-12 pupils are educated in public schools. However, new...   Read More

  • No Free Rides

    In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave American roads a grade of D. Not that we really needed to be told. We’re spending an average $516 a year...   Read More