Author Archive

Alana Semuels

Finance

Could a Local Tax Fix the Gig Economy?

A group in New York is calling for a fee on all gig-economy transactions in order to provide workers with benefits like paid sick leave.

Management

The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs

Highly educated people still relocate for work, but exorbitant housing costs in the best-paying cities make it difficult for anyone else to do so.

Management

Trump Administration Puts on Hold an Obama-Era Desegregation Effort

The rule would have helped poor Americans move to more expensive neighborhoods with better schools.

Management

States With Large Black Populations Are Stingier With Government Benefits

Research suggests that states with homogenous populations are more willing to spend on the safety net than those with higher shares of minorities.

Health & Human Services

Are Pharmaceutical Companies to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

Recent state, local and tribal lawsuits are asking courts whether the current crisis is comparable to the one over tobacco in the ’90s.

Management

All the Ways Retail's Decline Could Hurt American Towns

As brick-and-mortar stores close, local governments in struggling regions lose much-needed tax revenues.

Management

The Unworkable Math of Trump’s Budget

Economists say the document doesn’t account for the costs of tax cuts and its other policy proposals.

Management

Could Small-Town Harvards Revive Rural Economies?

Less-populous places with colleges are thriving, but reproducing that success elsewhere is difficult.

Finance

Why Would Congress Bail Out Miners’ Pensions?

If legislators on Capitol Hill don’t act by the end of April, miners will lose their health-care benefits. They may soon lose their retirement benefits, too.

Management

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

In Charlotte and other Southern cities, poor children have the lowest odds of making it to the top income bracket of kids anywhere in the country. Why?

Health & Human Services

How Trump's Budget Would Impact Cities' Poorest Residents

Programs that help low-income Americans are not among the administration’s priorities in its just-released budget.

Management

Do Regulations Really Kill Jobs?

Republicans love to blame the Environmental Protection Agency for some of the country’s economic woes. Is that a fair assertion?

Management

Indiana’s Medicaid Experiment May Reveal Obamacare’s Future

The state’s health-care system was expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Now, it may serve as a model nationwide.

News

Undermining the Middle Class in Wisconsin

Strangling public-sector unions in the Badger State has shrunk teachers’ pay and benefits. Who’s next?

Infrastructure

The Promise and Pitfalls of Privatizing Public Transit

Start-ups are proving more efficient than government in areas like transportation. Should some services be privatized?

News

Don't Blame Delaware

Its loose laws make it a tax haven, but other states' weak rules are also complicit.

News

The Tiny State Whose Laws Affect Workers Everywhere

Because so many companies are incorporated in Delaware, their cases fall under that state’s law, even when their operations and workforces are based elsewhere.

News

An Unsteady Future for New England's Suburbs

As people move to warmer climates and cities, small towns throughout the region are weathering decline.

News

A Middle-Class Stronghold’s Uncertain Future

As incomes fall across the nation, even better-off areas like Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, are faltering.

News

Is There a Better Way to Build a Stadium?

In the past, publicly financed arenas have left cities footing hefty bills. Now, the state of Wisconsin is putting $250 million into a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks—will this venture be any different?