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Why The Nonprofit Sector Needs Predictive Data

Jason Saul | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

In the nonprofit and public sector we invest first, and then measure to see what we got. That may be a key reason why we aren't making as much progress as we could be. Predicting the success of social programs before we fund them holds great promise for the future of social impact

How the Government is Aiming to Penalize Military Families

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Julie Zack Yaste

Every few years a proposal emerges through Congress that in some way targets cutting military spending. The military is certainly a massive budget lin...

A Martini or Two to Economic History!

Paul A. London | Posted 05.27.2016 | Business
Paul A. London

The wonderful Australian-born economist, Arthur Smithies, became a warm friend of mine one summer long ago in Saigon. I drank beer, he drank martinis....

"Pray" for Success: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Social Finance

Jason Saul | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Jason Saul

We believe that the future of SIBs and social finance is brighter than ever. But if we are to create a true social capital market, we must be more rigorous, intentional and outcomes-driven than the current approaches.

The Biggest Hope for Ending Corruption Is Open Public Contracting

Gavin Hayman | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Gavin Hayman

The future of government contracting is open. Paper-based, fraud-prone systems make precarious foundations for a 21st century economy.

Budgeting for Outcomes

Bob Williams | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Bob Williams

More and more states are now contending with budgetary shortfalls. Why is it that state governments find it so hard to live within their means?

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

Mayor de Blasio's Citywide Savings Program: Too Little of the Really Good Stuff

Carol Kellermann | Posted 02.25.2016 | New York
Carol Kellermann

During his first year in office Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the practice of four predecessors and did not include in his financial plan a set of savings plans known as the Program to Eliminate the Gap, or PEG.

The Final Obama Budget: What Did We Learn?

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The spin around the release of the president's fiscal year 2017 budget proposals is that it is a "vision statement" of a progressive president no longer bound by any pretense of legislative viability.

Political Polarization: Iowa Edition

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Algernon Austin

Anyone watching the Republican and Democratic presidential debates would be excused for thinking that there are indeed two different countries called "America," a Republican America and a Democratic America.

Welcome to Flint, USA!

Steven Conn | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Flint's tap water serves as indictment of all those who believed that the private sector can fulfill our social needs and that tax cuts matter more than public investments.

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a vote that might have said more about the internal divisions of the parties than the House itself, Republicans and Democrats came to...

FDA Deceptions Enabled the Marketing of GMOs

Judy Frankel | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Judy Frankel

A trove of official documents reveals that the FDA knew genetically-engineered foods (GE foods or GMOs) pose unique risks to humans as far back as 199...

Senate Extends Deadline Again To Prevent Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate decided by a unanimous voice vote Thursday to keep the government open for five more days, preventing a shutdown -- for now a...

Conservative Group Urges Republicans To Embrace Extra Spending For Year Ahead

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

A prominent conservative group led by a former top House GOP staffer is urging Republicans to welcome additional government spending in three key dome...

Marco Rubio and the Virtues of Government Cheese

Terry Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Terry Smith

For someone who has spent most of his adult working life on a government payroll, Marco Rubio has certainly learned how to denigrate government.

No Room for Life: One Student's Journey from Eviction to Graduate School

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

There is no room for life when it comes to housing policies. We're above a certain line of income, so we don't qualify for help. We pay rent well over the rent we used to pay before being evicted, but in order to prove that we can have a home again we would have to pay almost triple the amount.

There Are Not Enough Jobs, And Austerity Is To Blame

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business

The especially poor September jobs report reinforces what many economists have been saying for months: The six-year recovery from the Great Recession ...

How Boehner Can 'Clean House': One Sentence to Prevent Government Shutdowns Forever

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has had his life as speaker made miserable by this dynamic.

The Government Funding Dilemma

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The White House needs to provide real leadership to broker a deal in Congress. The president needs to rise above his reflexive temptation to offer up tax-and-spend schemes that are simply non-starters, point fingers of blame at Republicans, and absolve himself of any responsibility.

America's Homebuyers Being Targeted as Washington's Latest 'Pay-For' Piggy Bank

Garrick T. Davis | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Garrick T. Davis

Prospective new homeowners have all sorts of pressing concerns to consider. Strapping the cost of a federal highway spending bill onto their backs by way of artificially inflated loan guarantee fees paid over the life of a 30-year mortgage shouldn't be one of them.

4 Better Ways to Spend $163 Billion

Avi Yashchin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Technology
Avi Yashchin

The F-35 joint strike fighter, the United States' most expensive warplane to date, was supposed to cost $1.5 trillion over 50 years. The current contract is seven years behind schedule and $163 billion over budget. Here are four other things the US could have bought with the waste from the program.

The Attack on Planned Parenthood Is an Attack on the Impoverished

Matt Hartman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Matt Hartman

Defunding the largest organization providing education and pregnancy prevention services will only increase the percentage of young people relegated into poverty, not only in this generation but also for generations to come.

Who Do We Blame For the Great Recession?

Harlan Green | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Why has economic growth been so slow since the Great Recession? This is the question haunting many economists these days. Second quarter 2015 real GDP growth (after inflation) was just 2.3 percent six years after its end. This is better growth than any other developed economy, but still much too low for a sustainable recovery.

The Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, Explained

Robert Rosenkranz | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Rosenkranz

Puerto Rico is on its way to one of the largest debt defaults in history, right up there with Greece and Argentina. Economic stagnation, or contraction, is not merely a result of an economic cycle but of major long term problems that make the island uncompetitive. But is there a way out?