In many states consumers do not pay sales tax for online purchases, unlike their traditional brick-and-mortar counterparts. Legislators and retailers around the country are raising significant questions about the fairness and fiscal sensibility of this practice. In Congress, Rep. Steve Womack (R-Arkansas) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act in 2013, which would make it easier for […]

Amid increasing numbers of drug use and HIV/AIDS across the country, public debates about the merits of needle exchange programs (NEPs) are reigniting. Cities like Holyoke, Massachusetts are aflame with lawsuits and disagreement about the legitimacy of these programs. While NEPs are not a new public health measure, NEPs have consistently been controversial, with some […]

In 2013, 28 percent of Rhode Island’s 1800 foster children were living in congregate care institutions, group homes in which children do not grow up with a nuclear family. Beyond Brown’s doorstep, 57,000 children nationwide are currently living under the custody of the child welfare system without foster families. Although these statistics seem impersonal, their […]

School funding in Pennsylvania is so unequal that the state nearly turned its entire tax system upside down trying to fix the situation this past March. In an attempt to mend a system where per-pupil spending in low-income districts is 33 percent lower than in high-income school districts, Pennsylvania’s state legislature almost completely abolished the […]

Over the past couple of years, Republicans have felt increasing pressure to put forth free market proposals to combat poverty. Accordingly, many, like Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, have begun proposing solutions — a reassuring trend for an issue too often ignored by politicians. Some salient ideas have come out of this push, such as Ryan’s plan to […]

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to sponsor only six Democratic Primary debates this election cycle, as opposed to the 17 that took place in 2008 and 10 that the Republican National Committee (RNC) has scheduled this year. Most suspect that the DNC decided to lessen the number of debates this year because Chairwoman Debbie […]

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