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July 23, 2024

How the 2017 Tax Law Made Itemized Charitable Giving a Luxury Good

…that such giving, measured as a percentage of adjusted gross income, decreased overall because far fewer households itemized their tax returns. As a result, only the most affluent taxpayers, who…

June 18, 2024

Economic Opportunity and Social Mobility

…of families with children rose by 45% before — and by as much as 94% after — accounting for taxes and transfers. Moreover, according to the LIS Cross-National Data Center,…

May 22, 2024

Missed Opportunities in the Proposed Farm Bill

…net income on food. Federal guidelines set SNAP gross income limit at 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) and net income limit at 100 percent FPL. SNAP benefit…

April 21, 2024

The Real Bias at NPR: Story Selection

…from which to draw, a better NPR would have its ear to the ground across the country — searching out the small-town and big-city stories that would provide us the…

April 18, 2024

Put Growth Back on the Political Agenda

…crisis requires action. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates potential gross domestic product growth of 1.8% over the coming decade, and somewhat lower after that. Those figures are roughly 1 percentage point…

March 8, 2024

Jason Kelce, Family Man

…men actually benefit from marriages or relationships anymore.” The second myth is that father-present homes are of no great importance to our kids. Harvard University’s Christina Cross in The New…

March 5, 2024

A Conservative Vision for Education Reform

…the Israeli military, how could this money be used to rebuild Palestine?” The founder of Woke Kindergarten is Akiea “Ki” Gross. Gross’s professional biography offers up pronouns (“they/them”) and touts Gross as…

March 4, 2024

Social conservatives who care about marriage should think twice about a “per-child” refundable Child Tax Credit

…All values correspond to the combined amount of income, taxes or transfers across both potential partners. One potential partner has three dependent children under age 17, and she earns $20,000…

February 23, 2024

After Milton’s MBTA Housing Defeat, The Way Forward Is With Persuasion, Not Mandates

…“The Multi-Family Zoning Requirement for MBTA Communities” is a classic, one-size-fits-all. Each of the 177 MBTA district cities and towns is mandated to create a district with a minimum gross

February 7, 2024

Solving Benefit Cliffs in SNAP

…1, as household income approaches the gross income limit (in this case $29,940 per year), the household faces a steep benefit cliff. For example, a hypothetical household with $29,930 gross