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Insuring Health Care for Working Families Share This

Robert Orr | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] The American health care system is far from family-friendly. One feature stands out: employer-sponsored health insurance (ESHI). Most Americans (56%) are covered by ESHI plans, which they can receive tax-free. But attaching health insurance to employers creates unnecessary headaches for working […]

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Making Room for Families To Live Share This

Salim Furth | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] Where do families want to live? Urbanists will point out that the high price of housing in walkable, city neighborhoods indicates that demand is especially high. Suburbanists will note that very few families live in those places, and that most […]

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Creating Flexible, Family-Friendly Schools Share This

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] School choice policy has come a long way since Milton Friedman’s plea for universal vouchers in 1955. Today, 28 states plus DC and Puerto Rico employ a range of vehicles to provide public funds for education, ranging from tax credit […]

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Building Better Foster Homes Share This

Naomi Schaefer Riley | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This post is from the policy forum 7 Proposals to Make America More Family-Friendly.] Regularly lost in the debate over family policy are those children separated from their families or without a permanent home—namely, the hundreds of thousands of American children in the nation’s child welfare system. Last year, the federal government reimbursed states […]

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Fitting the Fisc to Social Security Share This

Robert Stein | Feb 24, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] Oren Cass and Wells King have added their proposal, a parenting supplement they call the Fisc, to a list of ideas designed to reduce the fiscal burden on parents relative to non-parents. One of the most hotly debated features of […]

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Magical Thinking on China and Trade Share This

Oren Cass | Feb 23, 2021 | Trade

In the Wall Street Journal today, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson gives a rundown of the generic case for “How American Free Trade Can Outdo China.” Three things jump out: 1. He leads with the point that, “America’s economic prosperity and the effectiveness of our political system and global leadership are rooted in domestic economic […]

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How to Raise the Minimum Wage, If You Must Share This

Samuel Hammond | Feb 23, 2021 | Economics

Let’s peg the federal minimum wage to state median wages.

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A World Tour of Family Benefit Programs Share This

Benjamin Esposito | Feb 23, 2021 | Family

American enthusiasm for a per-child family benefit has grown, but details matter and proposals differ widely—as do the programs already established in other nations.

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Support Families Because They Are Families Share This

Chris Buskirk | Feb 23, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] Conservatives have a persistent problem: they often don’t know what it is they want to conserve. This bears on the burgeoning discussion of family policy. The good news is that the broad center-right appears ready to engage […]

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Is a New Entitlement Program the Solution for Working Families? Share This

Angela Rachidi | Feb 23, 2021 | Family

[Note: This comment is from a series of responses to the proposal for a Family Income Supplemental Credit.] Oren Cass and Wells King’s proposal for a Family Income Supplement Credit (Fisc) is the latest in a line of ideas aimed at family policy goals important to conservatives. Traditionally, scholars and policymakers have justified policies like […]

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Why Raising the Minimum Wage Will Grow the Economy, Not Kill Jobs Share This

Rob Atkinson | Feb 19, 2021 | minimum wage

Whenever Congress debates raising the minimum wage, policymakers reflexively turn to economists for advice, and nearly all economists, regardless of their ideological orientation, say with unyielding conviction that a higher minimum wage will produce higher unemployment. The only difference between conservative and liberal economists is that they latter say the increase will be negligible, but […]

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Elite Overproduction or Mid-Tier Underproduction? Share This

Patrick T. Brown | Feb 17, 2021 | Inequality and Mobility

One way of reading a story of American discontent is in its newspapers. Not just in their pages, but in how their ongoing decline illustrates broader tendencies fueling popular frustration. Local newspapers used to be the only game in town. National news came off the wires, opinion columns were syndicated, and each town was its […]

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