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May 29, 2024

Liberals Should Decide Whether Being a Homemaker Is Demeaning or Worthy of Huge New Government Benefits

…is “welfare check.” Yet Rep. Moore argues her legislation promotes “an equitable, modern economy” in which unpaid caregivers would automatically receive an enlarged “maximum credit” previously reserved for only paid workers. An estimate of…

May 6, 2024

How Much Are You Willing to Spend on Student Loan Forgiveness?

…universities misled borrowers, and while this is a maximalist solution, there were real problems with Art Institutes. Despite the Art Institute’s bad acts, another multibillion dollar forgiveness announcement (less than…

April 10, 2024

Biden Irresponsibly Encourages Borrowers to Enroll in SAVE Plan

…launched “SAVE Day of Action,” hosting a kick-off event, posting promotional videos, and mobilizing their social media followers in an effort to maximize enrollment in the program. You’d think they’re…

April 9, 2024

The Child Tax Credit: My Long-Read Q&A with Kevin Corinth

…as “middle class tax relief.” That’s not really what it was. It was in the sense that it increased that maximum payment, but you’re right, the fundamental change was that…

April 5, 2024

What’s Wrong with the US Economy? Anything?

…strong growth, price stability and maximum sustainable employment. So, what’s not to like?  In the short term, high inflation is still an issue. It remains stubbornly sticky, stirring fears of a possible resurgence,…

January 29, 2024

Per-Child Benefit in Wyden-Smith Child Tax Credit Bill Would Discourage Full-Time Work for Families with Multiple Children

…amount as the maximum non-refundable CTC. Second, it would begin indexing the maximum non-refundable CTC with inflation. Third, it would apply a one-year lookback for qualifying for the refundable portion…

October 31, 2023

Lawmakers Continue Trying to Revive Pandemic-Style Benefits

…unemployed. Except during the Great Recession and the pandemic, states have always contributed 50 percent to EB costs. The proposal would increase EB benefits from a current maximum of 20…

October 20, 2023

Value Needs to be the Next Buzzword in Higher Education

…with an eye to protecting people’s privacy. During lunch, Scott Pulsipher, president of Western Governors University (WGU), spoke about how WGU seeks to maximize the value of their programs, and…

October 11, 2023

CHANGING THE OFFICIAL POVERTY MEASURE WOULD HELP RICH STATES AND HURT POOR STATES

…example, the maximum income a family of four could have and still receive SNAP is currently just under $41,000 in every state except Alaska and Hawaii. The SNAP eligibility threshold…

September 25, 2023

A Bad Bipartisan Housing Bill: Connecting the Dots on the Helper Act

…county could add an estimated 900,000 additional housing units annually (depending on the maximum allowed density) for the next 30 to 40 years. This moderate density increase would expand the…