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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.

Minimum Wage Increased For Federal Contractors

The Obama Administration finalized its requirement for federal contractors today: The Obama administration on Tuesday issued regulations requiring companies that do business with the federal government to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour. . . The 338-page rule will take effect on Jan. 1, and would apply to roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing [...]

Two articles today about the changes that can be directly attributed to climate change.  From Australia: The savage heat waves that struck Australia last year were almost certainly a direct consequence of greenhouse gases released by human activity, researchers said Monday. It is perhaps the most definitive statement climate scientists have made tying a specific [...]

Sam Brownback became governor of Kansas in 2010.  His already Republican legislature moved further right in the 2012 elections.  The results of the types of policies that the right wing of the Republican Party has long advocated but rarely been able to enact are coming in: By June of 2014, the results of Brownback’s economic [...]

Too Many Regulations?

That is the question I address in my latest Hill column: Businesses face a myriad of requirements from federal, state, county and local governments. Many of these regulations produce benefits that justify the cost of compliance. But collectively they may impose a hidden cost that could deter businesses from opening or stifle their growth. Regulatory [...]

Income Inequality In Pictures

In case you thought income inequality wasn’t a problem, here are two eye-opening charts. and Now read this:Report: Clooney Wedding Cost $13 Million (Sep 29, 2014) ‘Facebook For The Rich’ Costs 9 Grand To Join (Sep 21, 2014) Elite Golf Courses Refused Obama Labor Day Weekend (Sep 10, 2014) Oprah Deals With Drought By Hiring [...]

In Praise Of Holder

In my view, President Obama’s Cabinet choices have been mostly, well, meh.  The biggest exception has been the now departing Attorney-General.  Steve Benen lists his accomplishments: The A.G., for example, has shown amazing leadership on the issue of LGBT rights. He’s challenged Republican restrictions on voting rights. He’s fought for sentencing reforms. He’s condemned “Stand [...]

Sylvia Matthews the Secretary of Health and Human Services reported good news this week: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell announced that in the 44 states where numbers were available, the number of companies offering plans in 2015 would increase by 25 percent. So, far from fleeing the exchanges, insurers are rushing into them. Competition [...]

Combatting Corporate Flight

The Obama Administration yesterday made a significant announcement on deterring corporations from hiding their assets overseas: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew announced rules on Monday that are aimed at making it more difficult for American companies to lower their tax bills by relocating overseas and that would wipe out the benefits for those that do. [...]

A Somber Take On Climate Change

As thousands march, and the Marshall Islands suffer, world leaders convene in New York this week to discuss climate change.  Robert Stavins (a former professor of mine) has a particularly dreary take: It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next [...]

How The Rich Get Away With It

This is a depressing story about Paul Bilzerian, convicted securities fraudster: But 25 years after Mr. Bilzerian became a Wall Street felon, the Securities and Exchange Commission is quitting the fight, winding down its quest to collect a $62 million civil judgment against him for securities fraud. The tally from a court-appointed SEC receiver: about [...]

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