The BPC Housing Commission hosted a regional forum in Los Angeles, CA. The forum explored pressing issues in housing today – demographic trends impacting housing markets, efforts to link housing and healthcare to serve the most vulnerable, access to credit for perspective homebuyers, and efforts to incentivize the adoption of energy efficiency measures in housing - and featured both keynote remarks and panel discussions by key members of Congress and leaders in the housing industry.
BPC and the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) held a discussion on research priorities for the study of money in politics. BPC and CFI recently convened a working group of prominent scholars to recommend research priorities for the field. A series of papers on the state of campaign finance research, authored by members of the working group, will be published in the Fall edition of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.
BPC and Intel Corporation hosted a forum to explore the potential for big data innovation to improve homeland security, current and future challenges to overcome, and policy principles that will encourage innovation while safeguarding privacy and security in our increasingly connected society. This event is part of the ongoing Innovation Economy conversation convened by Intel in 2009, focused on the vital role of innovation in sustaining and building upon U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.
BPC released a study of the economic and budgetary impacts of varying policy frameworks for immigration reform. Leading economists discussed the findings and the role of immigration reform in economic growth.
Top housing experts and policymakers debated and discussd the housing finance system in the United States and plans for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The region-wide political upheaval, which began more than two years ago, has given both the United States and Turkey an important interest in containing and minimizing the spreading instability and chaos. Today, to secure those interests, both countries need a strong, cooperative partnership. But challenges to such a partnership have steadily mounted.
Fifty percent of Americans live with one or more chronic illnesses, and diet and physical activity are key risk factors for many. Health care professionals are uniquely positioned to change this trend through patient education, but unfortunately they often lack the training and incentives to deliver this guidance. If there is to be a shift in focus from curative to preventive care, the medical school curriculum must include nutrition and physical activity education.
The Commission on Political Reform held its third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with The Ohio State University and USA TODAY in Columbus, OH. The event convened current and former elected officials and election experts for a town hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections.
The development of abundant, low-cost natural gas supplies in the United States has facilitated a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. But there are concerns that natural gas will crowd out investments in other low carbon energy technologies, such as renewables, carbon capture and storage and nuclear energy. Debate ensues as to whether natural gas is a transition or a destination fuel, largely based on estimates of the cost of incentives to develop and commercialize the next generation of low carbon energy technologies.
In August, six federal regulators proposed a revised qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule that was largely welcomed by industry and public interest groups. This rule was viewed as an improvement on an earlier draft, seen as likely to unnecessarily restrict access to credit for a large segment of the population.