Economy

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld that the discrimination cases under the Fair Housing Act do not need to show explicit discrimination, but can include “disparate impact” claims. This is an essential and necessary provision for the fight for racial equity. A recent Demos report,...
06/25/2015
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As the 2016 campaign begins to take shape, there have been strong signals that debt-free higher education is going to be a central policy flash point. Candidates have supported the idea of debt-free college in op-eds and stump speeches, and through surrogates and campaign advisors. Senate Democrats...
05/06/2015
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Recently legislators in Missouri have pushed to ban the use of food stamps on steak, seafood, cookies, and some other things. At the same time, legislators in Kansas have moved to greatly restrict how recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needly Families can spend their money, including a $25/day...
04/10/2015
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So-called libertarian Rand Paul is running for president. As with Cruz, it's hard to see him being more than a sideshow. Nonetheless, he's a sideshow with a non-trivial amount of support, especially among young conservatives. For that reason, it's worth rehashing his wacky political views....
04/07/2015
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1.)  Yesterday, after some dogged journalistic legwork by Inside Higher Ed’s Michael Stratford, the Department of Education released a list of 560 colleges that have been placed under a level of extra scrutiny– known as “Heightened Cash Monitoring”—due to concerns about a college’s finances or...
04/01/2015
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There’s an important scoop-y piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education today concerning the House Republicans’ budget priorities for higher education. While much of the focus is on the proposal to freeze the maximum Pell Grant and rollback some of the expansion of the program we’ve seen over the...
03/19/2015
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We’re in the throes of budget season, the annual tradition where the White House and various Congressional factions lay out their taxing and spending wish-list for the coming year. While budget proposals are inherently political documents, this is always the best time of year to do some apples-to-...
03/18/2015
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Republicans are gearing up to cut food stamps on claims that there are too many people on the program. Such attempts to redistribute from the poor are a constant of Republican governance (the party of envy), and so it comes as no real surprise. But the underlying claims about the food stamp program...
02/24/2015
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The New York Fed has blessed us this week with a whole lot of new data points about student debt, in a series of three blog posts and the release of their quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report. Some of their findings validate some of our preconceived notions about student debt—it’s growing...
02/20/2015
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In response to the Reformocon tax proposal, some conservatives have offered the alternative of cutting the payroll tax. Unlike the Reformocons, these particular conservatives have not organized a concerted media campaign to push a payroll tax cut plan, and so payroll tax cuts are getting less media...
02/18/2015
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