The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Has Not Paid for Itself
The Republican legislation, coupled with spending bills, accounts for 46 percent of the growing deficit.
Striking Teachers Won, but Are School-Funding Gains Sustainable and Equitable?
Without higher taxes, and redistribution of funding to poorer districts, #RedforEd victories in Arizona, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and West Virginia may be short-lived.
Non-White School Districts Get $23 Billion Less Funding Than White Ones
A new report finds that funding gaps between white and non-white districts persist across all poverty levels.
A Universal Basic Income Might Hurt Poor People More Than Help
Research finds that paying for a universal basic income would likely mean cutting welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren Each Want to Tax Millionaires Differently
Three prominent progressives all want to tax the wealthy to reduce income inequality, not just raise revenues. But their plans are different in key ways.
Betsy DeVos Is Right, the U.S. Should Rethink Higher Ed–Just Not the Way She Wants To
Upending the college accreditation process carries huge risks.
Why Racial Economic Disparity Keeps Growing in the U.S.
A new report highlights how little progress the country has made in addressing racial wealth inequality.
Federal Workers Are About to Miss Their First Paycheck
As stories about the shutdown's effects on the federal workforce stream in, it's worth considering just who these federal workers are, and how vulnerable many are to a missed paycheck.
Our Bail System Costs the Country $15 Billion Per Year
Pre-trial detention hurts defendants and taxpayers.
With the Deadline Fast Approaching, ACA Open Enrollment Numbers Look Grim
Since the sign-up period began on November 1st, slightly more than 4.1 million people have enrolled in 2019 plans—a significant decline in comparison with previous years.
What's Medicaid Got to Do With Early Childhood Development?
Two recent independent reports argue that Medicaid and CHIP could be effectively leveraged to improve early childhood for the 45 percent of American children served by these programs.
Employer Power Is About More Than Just Market Concentration
A new report argues that the biggest driver of wage stagnation is a decline in workers' power.
How Many People Would Be Helped by a Federal Jobs Guarantee?
A new report looks at the concept of a federal job guarantee—and who might be helped and hurt by such a program.
The Far-Reaching Effect of the Trump Administration's Proposed Changes to the 'Public Charge' Rule
A new analysis concludes the proposed changes could affect over 175 million people.
How Medicaid Expansion Could Improve Political Participation
New evidence suggests Oregon's Medicaid expansion boosted short-term political participation in the years immediately after the law was passed.
Low-Income Americans Face a Harrowing Choice: Food or Housing
The rent and mortgage payments are still too damn high.
There's a Strong New Jobs Report Out. But Will Voters Care?
Polling is mixed on whether voters place much importance on the economy's performance.
What Will the Mid-Terms Mean for Health Care in the United States?
Voters consistently rank health care as one of the most important issues in this election.
Benchmark Premiums Will Be 16 Percent Higher Due to the GOP's Actions
In a new analysis, researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at the cumulative effects of the Republican Party's actions on health insurance premiums.
More Research Finds That Immigrants Increase Economic Growth
A new report from The Hamilton Project refutes claims that immigrants are ruining native-born Americans' job prospects and driving up crime rates.
State Spending on Higher Education Still Hasn't Recovered From the Recession
And progress on that front may be slowing.
Recovery From the Great Recession Has Not Been Evenly Felt Across the Economic Spectrum
New research from the Federal Reserve concludes the economic recovery hasn't produced much wealth for most Americans.
Here's What's Changing With the U.S.'s New Trade Deal With Canada and Mexico
Republican politicians are hailing the new agreement as a trade milestone. Some labor groups would disagree.
The Case for Investing in Children Has Never Been Stronger
Too bad U.S. policy doesn't reflect that.
Middle-Income Americans Are Increasingly Making Use of the Social Safety Net
A new report released by the Brookings Institution finds the safety net is not just for low-income folks anymore.
Census Bureau Economists Provide More Evidence Against the Citizenship Question
In a new working paper, five Census Bureau economists find that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census would only reduce accuracy and increase costs.
How States Across the Country Are Dealing With Teacher Shortages
States are struggling to both recruit and retain teachers.
A New Government Report Finds the Trump Administration Could Do a Better Job Running Healthcare.gov
In 2018, 8.7 million people bought their non-group health insurance through healthcare.gov—down from 9.2 million people in 2017.
It's Back-to-School Season, and Schools Are Still Underfunded
Twelve states cut general funding for schools by 7 percent last school year.
A New Report Shows That Ohio's 2013 Medicaid Expansion Helped Nearly 300,000 People Get Work
Over 83 percent of employed Ohioans who were continuously enrolled in Medicaid said the program helped enable them to hold down jobs.
Out-of-Network Claims Are Very Common—and Very Costly
A new Kaiser Family Foundation report illustrates the toll of out-of-network charges.
Here's More Evidence That Most Food Stamp Recipients Are Already Working
A new report confirms that, while SNAP recipients do indeed work, they may still be hurt by work requirements.
These Charts Illustrate Who's Most Affected by Obamacare Instability
It's middle-income people who aren't eligible for subsidies.
The Trump Administration Unveils the Final Version of Its Short-Term Insurance Rule
Short-term insurance plans, which are not subject to the Affordable Care Act's regulations, are often cheaper for healthy consumers.
Two Big Reasons Why Today's GDP Growth Number Might Not Be Sustainable
The Trump administration is touting the most recent GDP growth number, but not everyone is convinced it will last.
How Perverse Incentives Leave Struggling School Districts Behind
Few states have laws mandating district mergers, a fact that leaves financially distressed districts with no recovery option.
Premiums Would Go Down If Every State Passed Individual Mandates
Researchers find that implementing state-level individual mandates across the U.S. would drop the number of uninsured by nearly four million people by 2022.