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Public Transportation and the Path Dependency of Highway Investments

A metro station article icon Issue Brief To fully realize the potential of Metro’s Silver Line, policymakers must break with past development practices, focus public resources, and use the regulatory power of the state to guide sustainable development.

by Kevin DeGood | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Restoring Justice

LGBT jail bunk article icon Issue Brief Several states and local jurisdictions have updated their juvenile justice policies to ensure that the disproportionate numbers of LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system are treated with dignity and respect. These model policies provide a blueprint for safeguarding all youth in the juvenile justice system.

by Aisha C. Moodie-Mills & Christina Gilbert | Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Can Public Policy Break the Glass Ceiling?

Pensive woman book_alt2 icon Report There are lessons to learn from other countries, such as Canada and Norway, where public policy has been used to help women stay in the workforce and succeed.

by Dalia Ben-Galim & Amna Silim | Thursday, December 11, 2014

For Women to Lead, They Have to Stay in the Game

Women in business book_alt2 icon Report If women can’t work, they can’t rise. Only public policy can ensure that all women have the chance to participate fully and thrive.

by Judith Warner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones

Baltimore book_alt2 icon Report State leaders can adopt the Promise Zones model to support innovative localities as they work to address concentrated poverty.

by Tracey Ross & Melissa Boteach | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fact Sheets: The Affordable Care Act Is Working for States

ACA navigator article icon Fact Sheet Millions of Americans are benefiting from the peace of mind that comes with quality, affordable health care, and shopping around during this year’s open enrollment period could mean big savings.

by Matt Dhaiti & Charles Posner | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We the People

rally book_alt2 icon Report It’s time for Congress to pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill that provides LGBT people and their families the same protections currently afforded to other Americans.

by Sarah McBride, Laura E. Durso, Hannah Hussey, Sharita Gruberg, Bishop Gene Robinson | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Modernizing the Federal Coal Program

Coal passes through a loading terminal article icon Issue Brief Reforms are needed to fix an outdated federal coal program so that U.S. taxpayers receive a fair return on federal coal and the United States meets its climate goals.

by Nidhi Thakar | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Public-Private Partnerships

East End article icon Issue Brief The greatest constraint on infrastructure investment is the public’s willingness to pay the taxes and fees necessary to service project debts. Public-private partnerships are an efficient way to transfer project development risk—though they cannot overcome the inherently political challenge of building public support for taxation.

by Kevin DeGood | Monday, December 8, 2014

Unraveling the Tangled Webs of Corruption with Action on Anonymous Shell Companies

Leaders meet at the G-20 summit article icon Issue Brief G-20 action to expose anonymous shell companies advances the global fight against corruption and tax evasion. The United States must now act domestically.

by Mary Beth Goodman | Friday, December 5, 2014

Removing Barriers to Higher Education for Undocumented Students

Undocumented college student book_alt2 icon Report Undocumented students must navigate a labyrinth of policies from federal, state, and postsecondary institutions to earn a college degree. Policymakers can help ensure that undocumented young people and the economy prosper by removing these barriers.

by Zenen Jaimes Pérez | Friday, December 5, 2014

The Battle to Protect the Vote

poll volunteer book_alt2 icon Report This report analyzes the impact of new voting restrictions in the 2014 midterm elections, with a focus on five states that have seen recent significant increases in population and political participation in communities of color.

by Ben Jealous & Ryan P. Haygood | Friday, December 5, 2014

State Disinvestment in Higher Education Has Led to an Explosion of Student-Loan Debt

Campus protest article icon Issue Brief To address states’ devastating budget cuts to public colleges ushered in by the Great Recession, the Center for American Progress proposes a new funding mechanism to improve college affordability and decrease student reliance on federal loans.

by Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One Strike and You’re Out

man climbs stairs book_alt2 icon Report A criminal record can be a lifelong barrier to economic security and mobility—with adverse effects on families, communities, and our entire economy. The United States must craft policies to ensure that Americans with criminal records have a fair shot at a decent life for themselves and their families.

by Rebecca Vallas & Sharon Dietrich | Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mitigating Natural Gas Use in the Electricity Sector

wind turbines book_alt2 icon Report The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan offers states the opportunity to curb rising natural gas use in the United States and achieve steeper carbon-pollution reductions by investing more aggressively in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

by Alison Cassady | Monday, December 1, 2014