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June 2, 2015

Infrastructure
A United Airlines Boeing 747-400 takes off at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, February 7, 2015 (Louis Nastro/Reuters). U.S. Aviation Infrastructure

The United States has the most heavily-trafficked aviation system in the world, but its airports and airlines lag other developed countries in performance. While the United States is a leader in airc…

August 6, 2014

Labor and Employment
Canadian flags line the road around Parliament Hill during the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa Policy Initiative Spotlight: How Canada Lets Local Governments Pick Immigrants

Comprehensive U.S. immigration reform is dead.  More than a year after the U.S. Senate passed its reform bill, the House has not voted on comprehensive reform.  The upcoming mid-term elections will l…

April 18, 2014

Infrastructure
A monitor in the back seat displays sensor readings and other information in a driverless car at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University (Kevin Bartram/Courtesy Reuters). Driverless Cars

Driverless cars promise great benefits such as fewer accidents, elimination of drunk driving, better utilization of existing highways, and letting commuters work or relax while en route. The technolo…

December 3, 2013

Education
With the Earth in the background, the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft is seen as it is grappled by the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm (Photo provided by NASA/Courtesy Reuters). Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

The Space Race of the 1960s spurred groundbreaking investments in research and education, inspiring a generation of Americans to enter the fields of science and engineering. These investments not onl…

November 8, 2013

Corporate Governance
The shuttered General Motors Willow Run Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, June 2012 (Jeff Kowalsky /Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Questioning the Wisdom of Corporate Tax Incentives

Many states and cities offer a variety of tax incentives (credits, exemptions, deductions) to businesses with the aim of spurring growth and job creation, but few carefully analyze the costs and bene…

October 21, 2013

Education
A student walks on the campus of San Francisco State University (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters). Student Loans and U.S. Prosperity

Sticker shock was rampant among many freshmen in the class of 2017. The annual price of a private four-year university is now edging toward $60,000. As a result, federal student loans will play a key…

July 1, 2013

Education
A first grade student listens during a computer lesson in school (Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Adaptive Education

If many technology startups and established education firms have their way, the future of education will more closely resemble a one-on-one private tutor than a traditional schoolhouse classroom with…

June 11, 2013

Labor and Employment
A young, unemployed teacher works as a babysitter as she looks for a full-time position (Alessandro Bianchi/Courtesy). Policy Initiative Spotlight: A One-Stop Welfare Shop

The United Kingdom is implementing a major welfare reform, replacing a constellation of social support programs with a single monthly payment, the universal credit. The amount a recipient receives wi…

May 15, 2013

Infrastructure
An internet cable is seen at a server room (Kacper Pempel/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Broadband Policy and Competitiveness

Experts agree that broadband internet is a critical piece of 21st-century infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission has stated that “broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job cre…

April 26, 2013

Labor and Employment
President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposal is released (Gary Cameron/Courtesy Reuters). Policy Initiative Spotlight: Multiyear Budgeting

The U.S. budget process has become increasingly dysfunctional, a large factor in Standard and Poor’s downgrading the U.S. sovereign credit rating in 2011. Budgets were always passed for each fiscal y…