Daily Policy Digest

Why Unions Support Minimum Wage Hikes

While businesses are forced to slow down hiring and lay off workers when the minimum wage rises, unions see more money and their workers receive higher wages...

How to Measure College Success?

More graduates who majored in science or business were employed full-time than those who studied social science or arts and humanities. However, those who studied social sciences or arts and humanities were more likely to feel engaged in their jobs...

Government Employees Abusing Credit Cards

The Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency found that its employees had used government cards to purchase gym memberships, expensive dinners, and DVDs...

States Pass "Amazon Taxes"

Rather than boost brick-and-mortar sales, Amazon sales tax collections have pushed shoppers to purchase from other online retailers that are not subject to the tax collection requirements...

Our Weak Economic Recovery

Economic growth since the end of the financial crisis has been significantly weaker than in other recoveries...

Government Pays Contractors Three Times Market Rate

In New York City, the median hourly salary for window installers is $18.87. But for government contractors, even the most inexperienced installers make $42 hourly...

State Unemployment Trust Funds in Trouble

Prior to the recession, the states together had less than $40 billion in their unemployment trust funds, the lowest level since World War II; in the early 2000s, the state funds had more than $50 billion...

Looking at the Parent PLUS Loan Program

The Parent PLUS loan program has grown in popularity as college tuition has skyrocketed and financial aid packages have not kept up with rising costs...

Only 67 Percent of Obamacare Enrollees Have Paid Premiums

Former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees had paid their premiums, but information collected from insurers by the House Energy and Commerce Committee indicates that the number is much lower...

The Many Problems with Ethanol

Between 20 and 40 percent of the 2007-2008 spike in world food prices was due to increased use of biofuels...


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