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December 1, 2023

Making the Child Tax Credit “Fully Refundable” Converts It into Welfare Checks

…According to press reports, policymakers are apparently negotiating a possible year-end tax package that would temporarily expand the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and revive certain business tax breaks….The CTC expansion reportedly includes full…

December 1, 2023

Red States Can Lead the Way on Marriage and Fatherhood

…policy-makers, even those on the left, that dads make a difference. The most prominent example is Brookings Institution fellow Richard Reeves, who acknowledges in his 2022 book Of Boys and Men that…

November 30, 2023

A Valuable New Perspective on America’s War on Poverty

…This relative measure adjusts yearly thresholds in line with median income changes. “The dramatic reduction in poverty by 2019 based on President Johnson’s absolute 1960s standards suggests that policymakers might…

November 27, 2023

For kids, marriage still matters

…not been good — for children, for families, or for the United States.” But for policymakers in Utah, what are the practical implications of this truth? That is, what can…

November 21, 2023

Defining Poverty Up

…and destructive behavior” such as soaring out-of-wedlock childbearing behind increased welfare dependence. Policy-makers responded to Moynihan’s call, and the bipartisan 1994 crime bill (which Moynihan supported) and 1996 welfare-reform law…

November 17, 2023

Male Malaise Is Not Just About ‘the Culture’

You are familiar with the litany of ills blighting our society: declining rates of work and marriage; rising rates of obesity and loneliness; soaring deaths of despair. All of these trends…

November 13, 2023

The Jobless AI Future Is Still a Long Way Off

…the need for human workers in the past, and it likely won’t in the future – at least not within any timeframe that is relevant to workers and policymakers today….

November 3, 2023

A Postcard from Ashkelon

…what we’d today call development economics. There were chapters in many US cities with Jewish communities, bringing in speakers for the Zionist cause, raising money even before World War II. …

November 2, 2023

How Churches Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Children Who Need Foster Care

Who is willing to foster a child? It’s a question that has vexed policymakers and civic leaders for decades. Most states have experienced a chronic shortage of foster families. Public…

October 31, 2023

Lawmakers Continue Trying to Revive Pandemic-Style Benefits

…[is] it’s an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Lawmakers applied Rahm’s rule liberally during the pandemic, providing record stimulus checks, massively expanding unemployment benefits, and far…