Posts by Matt Bruenig

Jonathan Chait had a piece yesterday echoing one of those zombie myths that float around in liberal circles for some reason: The most generous tax-and-transfer systems in the world — such as in...
April 27, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
The Independent Women's Forum put out a proposal for how to fund paid leave that is so poorly conceptualized that it's hard to believe it was done in good faith.
April 25, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Over at Brookings, Richard Reeves, Edward Rodrigue, and Elizabeth Kneebone are trying to come up with a new framing around poverty, perhaps to replace Brookings' old comical "Success Sequence"...
April 20, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Peter Dreier has a piece in Democracy Journal about how to fix the woeful state of housing welfare benefits in the US. It's a long piece, but his proposal is pretty simple.
April 19, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
I've been curious for some time about how government revenue has changed over the last few decades and particularly what role nontax revenue has had in those changes. The OECD publishes some helpful...
April 18, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
When tracking poverty rates over time, one notable trend in the last 40 years or so is the rise in poverty for ages 18-25. One of the major causes of this is the rise of mass higher education....
April 14, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Lydia DePillis has a wonderful piece at the Washington Post asking the question: would it be so bad if the minimum wage killed jobs? Here's DePillis:
April 4, 2016 | Matt Bruenig
Amid all the tax plans floated out during this campaign, only one remaining candidate, Ted Cruz, has proposed increasing tax on general consumption. In Cruz's plan, the US would impose a 16%...
March 31, 2016 | Matt Bruenig