Daily Policy Digest

A New Food Stamp Pattern

Traditionally, the number of Americans receiving SNAP benefits rises during poor economic times and falls during good ones. But that is not what is happening today...

Drop in Budget Deficit No Indicator of Fiscal Health

The Treasury Department has announced a drop in the federal budget deficit between 2013 and 2014, but the new deficit numbers are incredibly misleading...

How Do Income Share Agreements Work?

Recently, a number of policymakers have suggested the use of Income Share Agreements (ISAs) to finance higher education...

A Hidden Tax Increase: The Pease Limitation

A tax provision known as the "Pease limitation" reduces the value of itemized deductions for taxpayers earning a certain amount of money...

Little Justification for California's Plastic Bag Ban

Paper and reusable bags are much worse for the environment than plastic bags...

Just 3 Percent of Colleges Require Students to Take Economics

In its sixth annual study of curriculum at 1,098 colleges and universities in the United States, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni reports some staggering facts about college course requirements...

Sixty Percent of Americans in Poverty Not Working

Americans were much better off in 2000 than they were in 2013...

How Do Health Savings Accounts Work under Obamacare?

Health Savings Accounts are considered a "consumer-driven" health care reform, meaning that they put the consumer in charge of his own health care spending...

More Higher-Income Students Taking Out Loans

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, the increase in the borrowing rate is largely linked to students from higher income families...

Greece Experiments with Minimum Guaranteed Income

For six months, Greece will experiment with providing a minimum guaranteed income to households in 13 municipalities...


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