One of the best solutions to America’s shockingly-high child poverty rate is also the most obvious: give more money to families of poor children. TCF policy associate Clio Chang says we should be doing more to catch up with our peers in the developed world.



A tax loophole is allowing American companies to avoid paying billions of dollars in corporate taxes. TCF policy associate Mike Cassidy explains TCF fellow Ed Kleinbard’s simple plan to end inversions and bring that tax revenue back home.



Just one in eight charter schools is unionized, but TCF intern Kyra Littlejohn says that Amber Charter School’s “thin contract” could point the way forward for other charter schools to provide for greater teacher voice.



Yes, the police crackdown in Ferguson, Missouri was about racial tension. But TCF policy associate Jake Anbinder reminds us that federal criminal justice policies made this week’s excesses possible.

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TCF’s Jacob Anbinder and Neil Bhatiya examine the potential for carbon taxes on air travel within the U.S, in a piece for The Fiscal Times.



TCF’s Neil Bhatiya responds to some overheated optimism about how well-prepared we are to fight climate change, in an op-ed for The Week.



The New York subway costs the MTA about $4.23 per trip. The average fare is just $1.78. And that’s exactly as it should be, according to TCF’s Jake Anbinder.



TCF foreign policy intern, Zeinab Khalil looks at the proposed Law of Associations, which would curb the freedoms of civil society and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt.


Wednesday at 2pm, Reps. Keith Ellison and John Lewis introduce legislation designed to make labor organizing a civil right—a suggestion they got from TCF’s Richard Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit. TCF labor intern Imhotep Royster has more. Also, check out Kahlenberg and Marvit’s book.

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GOTD: Inequality Is Not A Four Letter Word

Benjamin Landy, on January 30, 2014

President Obama's progressive, populist outrage about inequality and decreasing mobility was missing Tuesday night when Obama stood before Congress to deliver the State of the Union address. [...] Read More

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