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Playing ball with public dollars

July 28, 2014 BY: Amy Dean TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

Al Jazeera America has published a piece by TCF fellow, Amy Dean, about taxpayer funding of sports venues.

Again and again the same old story plays out in sports stadiums across the country. Team owners in the NFL, MLB and NBA demand hundreds of millions of dollars in public assistance in order to build new venues. Sometimes they offer a carrot: a vague, far-off promise of jobs and future tax revenue. But often they offer only the stick: the threat that they’ll move their team elsewhere if a city or state government does not comply with their demand.

Years later, the promised economic benefits rarely materialize, and taxpayers are left nursing old wounds. Yet sports owners start the process all over again — demanding new rounds of subsidies and tax breaks … or else.

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Tags: public spending

How the Death Penalty Fosters Our Inner Devils

July 24, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Margaret Mattes TOPICS: Additional Focus

In light of the recent botched execution in Arizona, Margaret Mattes, TCF domestic policy intern, shines light on our deepest, darkest desires when it comes to the death penalty.

Tags: lethal injection, law, joseph wood iii, death penalty, crime, capital punishment, arizona state prison

Should the Fed have to play by a rule?

July 24, 2014 BY: Mark Thoma TOPICS: Additional Focus, General Policy

TCF fellow, Mark Thoma, published a piece on the proposed Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act for CBS News.

What if the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had to implement monetary policy according to a specific rule that would require specific policy actions depending on the circumstances?

That's the intent of a bill Republicans in the House of Representatives recently proposed. The Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act would require the Fed to formulate and make public a monetary policy rule and provide added transparency about the reasons for the Fed's interest rate recommendations.

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Tags: monetary policy, interest rates, federal reserve board, federal reserve

Beyond the PDF – Communicating Academic Research Digitally

Bulletin mentions The Century Foundation in a recent article discussing digital communications in academic research.


But the future of research communications undoubtedly lies in maximising the potential of what US think tank The Century Foundation calls (via the always excellent ‘digitally-native’ reports and stories – something that has become a key part of own work at Bulletin.
A lot of the most innovative digital storytelling techniques are coming courtesy of the media (with the New York Times blazing a trail) and the think tank sector, particularly in the United States. We are pushing UK universities to take note – if university research is to play a more influential role in shaping social and economic policy, and enriching our culture, then they need to make sure the way they tell their research stories is fit for the digital age.

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Tags: wonk comm, the century foundation, tcf, digital communication

Julian Castro Should Visit Baltimore on the Way to His New HUD Secretary Desk

July 14, 2014 BY: Stefanie A. DeLuca TOPICS: Additional Focus

Next city mentions TCF fellow Stefanie Deluca in a recent article discussing the former mayor of San Antonio, and incoming HUD secretary Julian Castro.


After following 110 Baltimore Mobility participants since 2003, sociologist Stefanie DeLuca concluded that when housing choice vouchers are combined with sustained counseling, training and support, families will be more likely to move away from poor residential areas and not return. (DeLuca’s report on the program was published in the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management.)

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Tags: stefanie deluca, mayor castro, julián castro, hud secretary

Where Does $2 Trillion in Subsidies for the Wealthiest Hide in Plain Sight?

July 9, 2014 BY: Suzanne Mettler TOPICS: Additional Focus

Timeout mentions TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler in a recent article about government subsidies.


Tax breaks for investment income are massive in scope, but often overlooked in discussions about the proper size and role of the federal government. These subsidies are part of what Suzanne Mettler calls the "submerged state," government programs that deliver benefits indirectly, with recipients often not even recognizing that they are benefitting from public assistance.

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Tags: suzanne mettler, government subsidies


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