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Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

Medicare Budget Concerns Easing

I have been among those concerned about the fiscal health of Medicare.  Margaret Sanger-Katz and Kevin Quealy give us grounds for cautious optimism. The changes are big. The difference between the current estimate for Medicare’s 2019 budget and the estimate for the 2019 budget four years ago is about $95 billion. That sum is greater [...]

Republican Governors, unlike their peers in Congress, have to work to help their constituents.  This is particularly true for ones that are up for re-election.  So it should surprise no one that Pennsylvania GOP Governor reached an agreement with HHS to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: …the Medicaid expansion has created political complications [...]

To those in the reality based community this is not news.  But still, it is always good to hear it again.  This time from a new study out of the Fed in San Francisco by Sylvain Leduc and Dan Wilson: Leduc and Wilson’s finding gives support to two different claims about the stimulus bill of [...]

One of the better pieces I’ve read on the reaction to events in Ferguson: Whites of the working and middle classes correctly perceive that their economic fortunes have deteriorated over the past half-century, even if the average white household is still 20 times wealthier than the average black household (an especially deleterious consequence of white [...]

The Case For Vaccination

Vaccinations work.  Emily Oster shows that it is important that everyone get vaccinated against Whooping Cough. The higher the vaccination rate, the fewer the number of whooping cough cases — and in a regression, the relationship is significant. Going from a 95 percent vaccination rate to a 99 percent vaccination rate makes a difference in [...]

This past week baseball had a bit of an embarrassment as the grounds crew for the Chicago Cubs could not get the tarpaulin on the field in time once it started raining during a game against the San Francisco Giants.  The game was called, the Giants appealed, the commissioner’s office upheld the appeal.  Why was [...]

No one would argue that being a police officer is a dangerous job and we should protect our men in blue.  But there are other dangerous jobs, too: Policing doesn’t even make it into the top 10 most dangerous American professions . Logging has a fatality rate 11 times higher, at 127.8 per 100,000. Fishing: 117 per [...]

One of the many things we’ve learned from the debacle in Ferguson, is that the police have become far too much of a military force with equipment and weapons that they just don’t need.  Tim Devaney explains: Since the 1990s, the Pentagon has provided local police with more than $5 billion worth of military equipment [...]

In the din of noise about the Ferguson Mo. tragedy, it is hard to be heard. But today, at least two comments deserve our attention for their offensiveness. First, in response to voter registration efforts in Ferguson: Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills denounced voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, calling it [...]

In Praise Of Dads

  OK, as a very involved Dad, I’m hardly an unbiased source on this subject but I was happy to see this review of a new book on the importance of fathers: But fathers matter most, of course, in childhood, when the seeds of many future traits are planted. Mr. Raeburn quotes a wealth of [...]

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