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    Kansas’ vote to maintain abortion access shows the state is less red than many think

Kansas’ vote to maintain abortion access shows the state is less red than many think

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Following the US Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, Kansans have voted against a ballot measure that would have removed abortion rights from the state’s constitution. Alesha E Doan argues that this vote is not as shocking as some pundits and news outlets have suggested, as there is a mismatch between the state’s more progressive electorate […]

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    How increasing administrative burdens and means testing in the US safety-net punishes the poor

How increasing administrative burdens and means testing in the US safety-net punishes the poor

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Millions of Americans rely on safety-net programs such as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Medicaid. In recent decades, these programs have been reformed with the aim of better targeting those most in need by creating rules and eligibility assessments. In new research. Ashley Fox, Wenhui Feng and Megan Reynolds find that the […]

Welfare can discourage crime more than it discourages work

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In recent decades, many governments have attempted to encourage people into work by reducing welfare eligibility. By analyzing the changes in the American Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) policies, Manasi Deshpande and Michael Mueller-Smith find that rather than incentivizing people into employment, removing welfare support instead may push them towards illicit activities to make up for lost income. This […]

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    Responses to COVID-19 in the US build on a 100-year history of state and local public health partnerships

Responses to COVID-19 in the US build on a 100-year history of state and local public health partnerships

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Efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have not just come from the US federal government – state and local governments have played an important role, too, including by collaborating with non-governmental organizations. Matthew Purcell writes that these partnerships are nothing new: like Partners in Health today, organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation aided and managed public health campaigns in […]

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    Using intersectionality to examine organizational justice can paint a fuller picture of the discrimination experienced by LGBTs in the Federal service.

Using intersectionality to examine organizational justice can paint a fuller picture of the discrimination experienced by LGBTs in the Federal service.

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While lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) employees in the Federal service no longer experience explicit discrimination, they see it as less fair compared to heterosexuals, according to new research from Gregory B. Lewis and Blake Emidy. They find that the perceptions of LGBTs about the fairness of the Federal service varies by race, gender, disability status, […]

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    If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

If the Democrats fail in their plans to Build Back Better, Americans may turn back to Trump.

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President Joe Biden came into office with a plan to “Build Back Better” following the COVID-19 pandemic and four years of the Trump presidency. A key part of this agenda is a $3.5 trillion spending plan covering affordable and public housing, infrastructure, childcare, and measures to tackle climate change. Glyn Robbins writes that success for Biden’s spending plan in […]

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    How a patchwork of state taxes contributes to menstrual inequity in the US

How a patchwork of state taxes contributes to menstrual inequity in the US

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Federalism in the United States means that many policies are the responsibility of individual states rather than, or in addition to, the federal government. Shyam K. Sriram, Stacy Cavanaugh, Annie Faulkner, and Mackenzie Winchester-Daniel take a close look at state tax policies on menstrual products, finding that 26 states still impose such taxes, though many have tried and failed […]

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    Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is good policy – and good politics

Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is good policy – and good politics

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The Senate is set to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with bipartisan support. In this Q&A, Julie Norman explains what’s in the bill, what it means for Biden, and what’s next for Democrats – who are also pushing another infrastructure bill.
What’s included in the bipartisan infrastructure bill? 
The $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill – which is set to be voted […]

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    Social vs market value: how much is a COVID-19 vaccine worth?

Social vs market value: how much is a COVID-19 vaccine worth?

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Vaccine uptake protects individuals and societies, but how much is the COVID-19 vaccine worth? Joan Costa-Font, Caroline Rudisill, Sayward Harrison, and Luca Salmasi estimate that the willingness to pay for a COVID-19 vaccine in the US, UK, Spain, and Italy in July 2020 ranged between 100 and 200 US dollars. However, the social value of the vaccine exceeds its […]

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    Present day partisanship and the legacy of structural inequality has helped fuel the spread of COVID-19 in Native nations

Present day partisanship and the legacy of structural inequality has helped fuel the spread of COVID-19 in Native nations

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The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native nations in the US with COVID-19 rates 350 percent higher among Native Americans compared to whites. In new research Raymond Foxworth, Laura E. Evans, Gabriel R. Sanchez, Cheryl Ellenwood, and Carmela M. Roybal contextualize the history of colonization and policy neglect by federal and state governments to explain the unequal […]

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