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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.
The Military Case For Fighting Climate Change

The Military Case For Fighting Climate Change

Believing in climate change, it’s not just for environmentalists anymore.  In an interview, retired Rear Admiral David Titley talks about how the military is thinking about global warming: Let me give you a few examples of how that might play out. You could imagine a scenario in which both Russia and China have prolonged droughts. […]

April 22, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Companies Stealing Wages

Companies Stealing Wages

While raising the minimum wage is important, Catherine Rampell points out that many workers are getting paid less than the current minimum and we should punish the offending companies. low-wage workers face an even more upsetting affliction that both parties should feel comfortable condemning: Employers are stealing from their employees, often with impunity. “Wage theft” […]

April 21, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Human Toll Continues To Mount After A Year

It’s been a year since the Boston Marathon bombings and that will get a lot of attention this week.  It has also been a year since the horrific explosion in the West, Texas fertilizer plant.  The human toll continues to mount: Fifteen people, including a dozen first responders, died last April 17 when stores of […]

April 18, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Mayor ‘Kind Of Agrees’ With Kansas Shooter

Two days ago I posted about the continued racism in American society.  The same goes for anti-semitism.  The Marionville, Missouri mayor had the following to say in the wake of the shootings in nearby Jewish Community and Senior Centers: Marionville, Mo. Mayor Dan Clevenger spoke warmly this week of Frazier Glenn Miller, who allegedly went […]

April 18, 2014 / More... ( comments)

The Prevalence Of Racism

The Prevalence Of Racism

Baseball last week celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier and integrating the sport.  Hall of Famer and former home run  record holder, Hank Aaron voiced his concerns about progress on racial issues since Robinson: …we are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record,” he said. “If you […]

April 16, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Court Upholds EPA Mercury Regulation

The D.C Court of Appeals upheld a EPA regulation requiring power plants to curb mercury emissions yesterday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the rule, which was completed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and set the first national limits on air pollution emitted by […]

April 16, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Fighting Climate Change = Fighting Poverty

Opponents of drastic action on climate change often cite the cost of most measures to combat global warming and the fact that much of that cost will fall upon the poor.  While the costs are indeed high, World Bank President Jim Kim notes that inaction is much worse for the world’s poor “We must also […]

April 14, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Conservatives Want To Make Divorce Harder

It’s not enough I suppose to try and make marriages work better (a noble goal actually).  Several states governed by Republicans have decided to make it harder to get a divorce. In cooperation with the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage, socially conservative politicians have been quietly trying to make it harder […]

April 13, 2014 / More... ( comments)

No Snow In California Mountains — Dry Summer Coming

We’re going to get a preview of what conditions in California will be like as the climate warms this summer.  There has been record low snowfall in the California mountains and the consequences are scary: For cities and farms across California, the latest numbers show this is shaping up to be a summer like none […]

April 11, 2014 / More... ( comments)

House GOP Not Happy With Jeb

Yesterday Alan described how Jeb Bush said that illegal immigration can be an “act of love.”  He also wondered how the far right would react.  Well, it didn’t take long. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a conservative who has worked on immigration reform, suggested Bush was “pandering.” “When you trivialize the fact that these people have […]

April 9, 2014 / More... ( comments)

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