Ideas. Action. Results.

Dreams of a Return-Free Tax Filing System

Kody Carmody, Shai Akabas April 16, 2019

While it’s true that the tax preparation industry has come out in force, many advocates look past the real and significant policy barriers to return-free filing in the United States.

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More Room for Improvement in the Permitting Process

Andy Winkler April 15, 2019

Members of both parties and the Trump administration can find common ground in commonsense permitting process reforms and improvements without jeopardizing longstanding environmental protections.

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Recommendations for Continued Success of Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships

Linda Smith, Kathlyn McHenry April 11, 2019

To continue successful implementation of the EHS-CCP program, Congress should act to support and expand EHS-CCP for both existing and future grantees.

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Improving the FAFSA for Low-Income Families

Kenneth Megan April 10, 2019

The current FAFSA system is unduly complex and places disproportionate burdens on low-income families; three options could streamline the process.

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ARPA-E at 10.

Erin Smith, Addison Stark April 8, 2019

ARPA-E plays an irreplaceable role in the U.S. energy innovation ecosystem.

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States Should Use SIPPRA Funds to Improve Health

At a time when federal funding is tight, innovative funding pathways to support public-private partnerships should be pursued and state governments should capitalize on SIPPRA funding.

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The Green New Deal Can Coexist with a Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Jake Varn, Andy Winkler March 26, 2019

The Green New Deal, outlined in a congressional resolution from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), proposed ambitious objectives for energy and economic policy, including the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions within 10 years. Though clearly…

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Central American Migration Also Tests Mexico’s Humanitarian System

Cristobal Ramón March 22, 2019

A growing number of individuals from El Salvador and Honduras, as well as Venezuela, have applied for and received humanitarian protections in Mexico.

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The FY2019 Senate Appropriations Bill: Funding Immigration Activities Prioritized by Both Parties

Cristobal Ramón March 21, 2019

On February 15, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, which funded more than 15 federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the rest of Fiscal Year 2019. The bill’s passage followed the longest government…

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Infrastructure Big Idea #2: Deliver Projects Faster Through Additional Permitting Reform

Andy Winkler March 20, 2019

The complicated and often lengthy process for environmental reviews and permit approvals can still hold up economically critical projects and is a key barrier to private investment in infrastructure.

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