Articles from Institute for Policy Studies

Congress Made It Harder to Give Teachers Raises

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In just a few months, we’ve seen teachers in five states walk out of the classroom to protest their abysmal pay.

North American organizations call for an immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks until negotiating climate improves

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North American organizations call for an immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks until negotiating climate improves

OTTAWA, TORONTO, MEXICO CITY, WASHINGTON – May 7, 2018 The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018. Organizations from all three countries, call on their governments to immediately suspend the NAFTA talks until a proper climate for trade negotiations can be reestablished.

How to Tax Luxury Housing to Fund Social Housing

I’ve traveled in a lot of major US cities in the last year outside of my hometown of Boston, Mass. Most of them are experiencing gentrification as wealthy newcomers drive up the cost of housing and displace long-time residents.

But there’s an additional disruptive force — a sort of globally supercharged gentrification resulting from billions of dollars in global wealth flowing into residential real estate. Across these cities, new residential luxury towers are rising up like weeds.

My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade

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In the classic 1960s movie The Graduate, a family friend offers Dustin Hoffman, the recent graduate, one word of advice: “plastics.”

My advice for today’s high school graduates: “learn a trade.”

Unfortunately, there’s a historic stigma about “voc-ed,” the result of snobbery toward certain occupations.

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