- Vanessa Williamson, Brookings Institution
As Republicans move forward with their tax overhaul, this week’s episode revisits Vanessa Williamson’s interview on the misconception that Americans hate taxes. She outlines how anti-tax policies became popular despite the fact that most Americans support increasing taxes for services they care about.
Congress is debating a major tax overhaul. Writing for the media and informing journalists, researchers explain what these tax changes could mean for ordinary Americans.
The Scholars Strategy Network is opening applications for the second cohort of its two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship to support early-career scholars who wish to engage in research and public scholarship to improve public policy and strengthen democracy.
- Alexes Harris, University of Washington
How Reliance on Fees and Charges to Funds U.S. Criminal Justice Weakens Public Faith in Poor Communities
In the United States, the judicial system relies heavily on fines that are imposed with no regard to people’s ability to pay. State reforms that prevent defendants from accumulating debt and that prioritize deterrence of crime rather than punishments for crimes would better protect the public and build faith in law enforcement in low-income communities.
- Antwan Jones, George Washington University
The neighborhoods we live in help shape our mental and physical health. Professor Antwan Jones explains what happens when some neighborhoods benefit from private and public investments while others are left behind, and what can be done to change this.
- Nathan Jensen, University of Texas at Austin
Business Location Incentives are Ineffective – So Why Do They Persist in American States and Localities?
Using tax incentives to bring businesses to town is expensive and ineffective, but politicians from both parties continue to favor them as a winning political strategy. Jensen argues that requiring state and local governments to document the costs of incentives can make the pros and cons more transparent for the communities who are meant to benefit from them.