Category Social Policy

Unfair Welfare: The TANF Resources Problem

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This article comes from a working paper by Michael Wiseman and David Meni at the GW Institute of Public Policy, which can be viewed here. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). On a surface level, many claim […]

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]

On Righting a Wrong – Exoneration Can’t Be the Last Step

Marisa Kanof, MPP, Executive Editor, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States has one of the largest prison populations in the world. Statistics for 2014 show that about 2.2 million adults are incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails.  However, an estimated 2.3 percent to 5 percent of those incarcerated are believed to be […]

A Woman’s Work: Policy Solutions for the Emotional Labor Gap

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives, with contributions from Sophie Krensky, Vital Voices Global Partnership When much of the national media dialogue surrounding the gender pay gap is devoted to overt discrimination in the workplace (or squabbling about how large that gap exactly is), a substantial element of the conversation remains missing – […]

Even When Valuing “Morality,” Defunding Planned Parenthood Doesn’t Add Up

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives 2015 shifted the political climate and put Planned Parenthood on the defensive. In July, the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing what they claimed was evidence of Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue remains. The videos acted as kerosene to a small fire, and […]

Better Than the Minimum Wage – Refundable Tax Credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit

Conor McGrath, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A debate over raising the minimum wage has recently found its way into the 2016 Presidential Debate. Among the three candidates running for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley have promised to raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour, up from the current […]