Monthly Archives: December 2016

Demonetization Policy in India

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  On November 8, 2016 Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that high denomination currency value of 500 and 1000 rupees will no longer be legal tender. In the days following the announcement, bank and ATM lines stretched hundreds of people long. Now, the lines have subsided, but the […]

It’s the service economy, stupid

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  During the 1992 presidential election, James Carville, then an aide to candidate Bill Clinton, insisted the Clinton campaign focus on the plight of working people, coining the mantra: “it’s the economy, stupid.” Now fast-forward to 2016 and Carville’s advice still holds true. Despite signs of a post-recession […]

Who’s Paying for Louisiana’s Industry?

Nathan Rupp, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Louisiana, like many states, is in debt. Under the supervision of Governor Bobby Jindal, the state went from having a billion-dollar budget surplus to a $1.6 billion deficit.  In January 2016, John Bel Edwards was elected Governor, succeeding the term-limited Jindal. Since taking office, Edwards has tried […]

Buy Back the Block: African American’s Inability to Break into the Marijuana Industry

Elizabeth Morehead, Staff Writer, MPP Candidate, Brief Policy Perspectives Marijuana won big in the 2016 elections. Measures legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana were approved in eight new states. 25 states plus Washington, DC currently have laws approving the use of marijuana in some form. Legalization brings growth to the financial and operational aspects […]

The Almighty Dollar: Why the Greenback is Surging and What It Means

By Jason Marshall, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Although there’s still a little more than a month left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office, foreign exchange markets already are in motion. That trend is likely to continue given that the U.S. dollar surged to 14 year highs in November and the […]

Combating Patent Trolls: How Government is Protecting Innovators

Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The federal government aspires to foster innovation in society, and perhaps the oldest, most valuable, and least understood way policymakers spur innovation is by issuing patents.  Patents are official documents that give a person or company the right to be the only producer that makes or sells […]