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Principles for Postal Service Reform

It is possible to enact reforms that resolve the postal service’s financial crisis while minimizing negative effects in communities across our country, writes Kristina Costa.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 15, 2012

Three Keys to Saving the U.S. Postal Service

It's time for Congress to give the postal service the flexibility it needs to meet the economic demands of the 21st century, without writing off small-town America, writes Kristina Costa.

By Kristina Costa | Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Washington State Shows What Works

Kristina Costa explores the state’s telling investment in an institute that judges the effectiveness of programs for beneficiaries and taxpayers.

By Kristina Costa | Friday, February 10, 2012

Finding ‘What Works’ in Education

Kristina Costa explores “what works” platforms in education, pointing out their current limitations and also their importance in times of tight budgets.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, February 9, 2012

Big Ideas for Small Business: BusinessUSA

Kristina Costa explains how BusinessUSA can pull together hard-to-find, useful information on the dozens of government programs designed to help small-business owners.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, January 19, 2012

Playing Chicken with Our Economic Recovery

Benefits for jobless and working Americans are the sticking point in the third possible government shutdown in just one year. Kristina Costa explains why these provisions are essential to the economic recovery—and to hundreds of millions of American households.

By Kristina Costa | Thursday, December 15, 2011

5 Terrible, No-Good, Very Bad Things About the REINS Act

Kristina Costa shows how the anti-regulation REINS Act would turn a regulatory process driven by scientific expertise, industry input, and careful cost-benefit analysis into a political circus.

By Kristina Costa | Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Regulatory Nonsense

The conservative echo chamber keeps repeating the false argument that regulations kill jobs, write Kristina Costa and Michael Linden. Everyone else begs to differ.

By Kristina Costa and Michael Linden | Friday, November 18, 2011

An Open Agency Culture Is Key to Innovation

Kristina Costa takes a tour of successful social innovations and discovers that a common ingredient they share is “permeability,” or the willingness to be open to new ideas, technologies, and collaborative opportunities.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations

Kristina Costa and Michael Linden point out the absurdities in conservative arguments that regulations are holding back our economy, not lack of demand.

By Kristina Costa and Michael Linden | Friday, October 21, 2011

Financing Tools for Social Innovation

Kristina Costa discusses three financing tools that can encourage innovation in the social and public sector.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers

House conservatives’ claim that 10 rules are preventing job growth falls apart when you look at the numbers, writes Kristina Costa. But the consequences are clear.

By Kristina Costa | Monday, September 12, 2011

Infrastructure Spending Builds American Jobs

Kristina Costa and Adam Hersh detail the bang for the buck we get from government spending on critical infrastructure projects.

By Kristina Costa and Adam Hersh | Thursday, September 8, 2011

Health Care

The latest in a weekly series from CAP’s Doing What Works team showing how we can make smart budget cuts that boost government efficiency, not gut essential services.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bay State Takes Lead in Innovation Finance

Kristina Costa takes a look at the first state to pursue an innovative idea that could transform the way social programs are financed.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, May 11, 2011