• The Financial Cost of Stay-At-Home Parenting

    High financial costs of stay-at-home parenting may be higher than they look at first glance. An economist helps you decide if you can afford it.   Read More

  • Is Your Tax Return Safe?

    Ashish, a 42-year-old information technology professional, opened his mail this February to discover a prepaid debit card with a $1,000 advance on a tax refund for the year 2018. Funny thing was, Ashish hadn’t filed...   Read More

  • A Bipartisan War on Inequality

    The Earned Income Tax Credit encourages work, reduces poverty and improves family outcomes. Unless you’re childless.   Read More

  • 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