Monthly Archives: October 2017

Amid Signs of Stability, White House Injects Uncertainty into ACA Marketplace

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Just this past summer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan announced that insurance premiums in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace would rise by eight percent, on average, in 2018 to compensate for the anticipated increase in health care costs. Fast forward to mid-October, when […]

GW WonkCast S2E3: Immigration Policy & DACA

Trachtenberg alumni and Policy Analyst at Education Reform Now Janette Martinez joins the GW WonkCast crew to discuss the administration’s efforts to end DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Janette explains what DACA status means for individuals, the […]

Statehood as a Solution for Puerto Rico’s Economy

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation, Puerto Rico’s economic and political future looks increasingly uncertain. The past decade has been especially difficult for the island territory. Puerto Rico’s recession began in 2006 when corporate tax breaks that benefitted the Puerto Rican manufacturing sector ended. The Great Recession […]

Apple Introduces Face ID and Exposes Another Discriminatory Blind Spot in “Cool” Technology

Cory Lancaster, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The people of America have whipped out their smart phones and called their government to the stand. The social issues that have been offending our citizens for centuries are on trial and cell phone technology has provided a mass of incriminating evidence. Smart phones have drastically revised the […]

GW WonkCast S2E2: How States Target Abortion Clinics Through TRAP Laws

Policy Perspectives’ Editor-in-Chief Jessica Burnell joins the WonkCast crew in our second episode this season to discuss how states use TRAP laws to restrict abortion. These laws target abortion clinics themselves, aiming to disincentive abortion services by making them harder to provide. Listen in to learn more about the history of these laws and their […]

The Unintended Consequences of School Takeovers: A Study of Jackson Public School District

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is only one step standing between the Jackson Public School District existing as an independent district and being taken over by the Mississippi Department of Education. Jackson Public Schools (JPS), the second-largest school district in Mississippi, is facing a potential state intervention due to several complaints from […]

Turkey: The Struggle for Inclusion

Matthew Dotzler, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Turkey is a bridge between Europe and the Eastern world, with one foot firmly planted in the culture and history of the Ottoman Empire and the other reaching for a perch among Western states. The founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dreamed of a Turkish state that would […]