From the standpoint of voter access and effective administration, the 2010 elections were in many ways a mixed bag. There were a number of troubling incidents that occurred including voter intimidation and threats of vote suppression, and the structural barriers to voting that keep...
Left out of the debate about the U.S. deficit and debt is the role that tax policy has played in reducing the amount of revenue available to fund national needs and plan for our nation’s long-term future As a result of changes to the tax code in the last decade, tax rates in the United States are...
STABILIZING THE DEBT: SHORT, MEDIUM, AND LONG TERM POLICY SHORT-TERM Sending the economy back into recession would be the worst thing we could do for our fiscal outlook. To ensure that our country returns to the level of sustainable economic growth necessary to successfully tackle our fiscal...
Many of the elections for governor, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be close in 2010. Potentially, party control of the Senate and House hangs in the balance; gubernatorial races will also be critical, with redistricting to begin shortly after the elections. These dynamics set the...
Dominant public perceptions of government undermine efforts to engage citizens in the day-to-day work of the public sector and the many challenges, decisions and competing priorities that face our public systems. However, it is possible to create a more productive conversation about government if...
Financial Reform Roundup: Highlights of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
Today, the Senate votes to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, sending the landmark legislation to President Obama's desk for signature next week. The bill is not perfect, but it will bring greater security to American consumers, investors and Main Street...
"We've got to deal with the conflicts. If I hire S&P or Moody's to be my consultant and show me how I can do this and that to get an investment-grade rating or [an] even higher rating, they obviously have a conflict of interest there." "That's right. I think the compensation model... where the...
Expanding Voter Registration For Low-Income Ohioans: The Impact of the National Voter Registration Act
Democracy works as intended when all citizens are able to participate and make their voices heard. While the United States has come a long way in expanding the franchise over the past 220 years, barriers to participation still exist and these barriers disproportionately affect low-income citizens....
Fulfilling The Promise: Expanding Voter Registration of Low-Income Citizens Under the National Voter Registration Act
Work by Demos and its partners suggests that millions of low-income Americans can be brought into the political process through proper implementation of an often-neglected provision of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) that requires states to provide voter registration services to...
A Citizen From Day One: A Proposal to Provide Voter Registration Services at Naturalization Ceremonies
It may be a cliché that we are a nation of immigrants, but statistics show that it is as true today as in any other period in our history. And while Americans may debate the best way to bring noncitizens into the civic life of our communities, there is widespread, strong agreement that when...