• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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