• From Unemployed to Small-Business Owner

    How a New York state program helps out-of-work people start businesses while still collecting unemployment insurance.

  • How parents cope with America's child-care 'crisis'
  • Is This the Solution to the Long-Term Unemployment Problem?

    According to The Hamilton Project’s Adriana Kugler, reforming the way we think about unemployment insurance programs may be the key to solving the long-term unemployment problem once and for all.

  • America's Unemployment Insurance Programs Need to Be Reimagined

    “Paradoxically, unemployment insurance systems sometimes include requirements that discourage individuals from engaging in the kinds of activities that could help them eventually obtain productive employment," Adriana Kugler, Vice-Provost for Faculty and Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, on revising the current system of unemployment insurance.

  • This Innovative Idea Could Improve Your Retirement

    The Illinois program may prove to be an appealing prototype. (First it will need approval by the Department of Labor and IRS.) Still, each state is crafting its own version. In Connecticut, the automatic IRA may be paid out as a lifetime annuity or in a lump sum. Indiana is looking at setting up a voluntary plan with a tax credit. “States are a great laboratory for experimentation,” says Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, founder of Georgetown University’s Center for Retirement Initiatives.

  • Insurers urge city to limit D.C. Health Link funding tax

    D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman said the law already has a natural cap. Creating an additional limit could threaten the exchange's ability to be certified as a state-based marketplace by the federal government.

  • Are students helped or hindered by more math requirements in high school?

    Speaking at a panel last year, Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, described a growing disconnect between our education system and our economy. Citing the fervor after the 1983 “Nation at Risk” report to overhaul our schools, Carnevale said, “We made great progress on that. It has been a good thing. We are at the point where it may be too much of a good thing.”

  • Indiana Will Allow Entry to Medicaid for a Price

    Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, called the Indiana plan “enormously complicated” and questioned the fairness of withholding dental and vision coverage from those who cannot come up with premium payments.

  • Building public infrastructure privately

    Remember too that there is still a “public” in public-private partnerships. These projects and private involvement will happen only when and where a government wants them. Governments still specify the project’s service and safety standards and will usually hold final say over pricing.

  • E.J. Dionne: Culture wars, old and new

    Politicians, like generals, often fight the old wars. (So, by the way, do columnists.) Recognizing how the theater of combat is changing is the first step toward mastering it.