Since tuna fish became a staple food for the Baby Boomer Generation, the tuna fish industry has enjoyed an outsized role in the American diet. The United States consumes 29 percent of all canned tuna produced worldwide, and until recently, tuna was the most-consumed seafood in the American diet. However, tuna is far from all-American. […]

I remember standing in line at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence at the heart of a rally for Donald Trump. Like at many other such gatherings across the country, amid the cacophony of excited supporters eagerly exchanging thoughts, an occasional chant of “build the wall,” “ten feet higher,” or “send them home” broke out, […]

In spite of being one of the most discussed issues of the 2016 presidential campaign, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is, surprisingly, one of the few things upon which both major party presidential candidates agree. A contentious issue during both the Republican and Democratic primaries, the TPP is still opposed by both Donald Trump and Hillary […]

“A vast bureaucracy with no congressional oversight, that’s digging through hundreds of millions of your credit records to detect fraud,” proclaimed former Republican Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina in regards to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).  She went on to declare, “This is how socialism starts, ladies and gentlemen.” Ted Cruz referred to it as […]

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 […]

In 1900, Sweden ventured into brand new territory: It became the first country in the world to introduce paid family leave for new mothers. Since then, 177 countries have joined the Nordic nation, leaving just a handful without paid family leave — a notable exception being the United States. While unpaid leave is available to […]

Residents of Colstrip, Montana scoff at the preconceived notions outsiders have of their town. “To me, it seems like the impression of Colstrip is that we’re a horrible, hazy place where people are dying of cancer. I get that impression, and it’s not true,” remarked long-time resident Donna Tauscher. Her beliefs are commonplace in coal […]

In the oft-misunderstood world of monetary policy, a major debate rages about the role of negative interest rate policy in central banking. Central banks, like the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) and the European Central Bank (ECB), are the primary government institutions that set monetary policy. Their most important tool to influence the economy is […]

Most Americans aren’t expecting to find a beneficial program hiding in their tax return. Yet the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), despite its dull name, is just that. In 2013, the EITC brought 6.2 million workers above the poverty line and boosted the incomes of 21.6 million other low-income Americans. Although welfare programs primarily occupy […]

From driving tests to downtown, parking is the bane of drivers young and old. Limited parking is an accepted and unavoidable fact of life in most metropolitan areas, but wrongly so. Around the nation, a transportation crisis stems from a surplus of parking spaces. A recent national study of 27 mixed-use, commercial-residential districts discovered that […]