Daily Policy Digest

The Cost of Waiting Times

In 2013, the value of the productive time lost while waiting in line for health care treatment in Canada was $1.1 billion ($1,202 for each of the 928,120 Canadians waiting in line for treatment)...

Fostering Upward Mobility

In a review of studies on intergenerational mobility, five factors were important determinants of income mobility: segregation, income inequality labor market challenges, welfare programs, education and family structure...

Detroit May Privatize Its Water System

Detroit's water system serves 40 percent of the state of Michigan; leasing the system to a private company would bring in $47 million annually to the city for the next four decades...

Baucus Capital Cost Recovery Plan Would Hurt Investment

Senator Max Baucus' tax plan depreciation proposal would negatively impact investment, reduce wages and employment, and lower national output...

Incarcerating Juvenile Status Offenders

States and courts should reexamine the use of confinement for juvenile status offenses, based on the non-serious nature of the status offense and the less expensive and more effective alternatives that exist...

Seniors Spending More on Pets

Spending on pets and hobbies is one of the top five fastest-growing spending categories for 65- to 75-year-olds, says Pamela Villarreal, a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis...

National Minimum Wage Hurts Low-Cost Areas

In low-cost areas, an employer cannot raise his prices to compensate for a 40 percent increase in the minimum wage up to the proposed $10.10 per hour...

Graduate Students Hold Disproportionate Amount of Student Debt

The debt load for graduate-level borrowers (those graduating with a master's, medical, law or doctoral degree) increased 43 percent between 2004 and 2012...

States Increasingly Reliant on Federal Dollars

Since 2001, 34 states have seen more than 30 percent of their general revenue come from the federal government...

Housing Tax Breaks Create Inequality, Benefit Democrats

Of the $1 trillion in annual federal tax expenditures, housing breaks in the tax code constitute 15 percent...


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