Vanessa Brown Calder

Cut HUD, Fix Housing

The Trump Administration FY 2019 budget was released yesterday. Among other reductions to spending, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would be cut by more than 14 percent if Congress implements the administration’s recommendations.

This Is What “Effective” Looks Like at HUD?

Yesterday HUD Secretary Ben Carson tweeted that “The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit [LIHTC] is one of the most effective tools we have to create affordable housing.”

Housing Credit Is Corporate Welfare

Republicans have promised major tax reform, and Cato has suggestions for policymakers.

Seattle Minimum Wage

A few years ago, Seattle decided to increase its minimum wage from $9.47 to $15 per hour.

How Paid Family Leave Hurts Women

The White House released its full budget last week, and one of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises materialized along with it: paid family leave.

Poverty, Politics, and (Crony) Profit

PBS ran a documentary discussing major barriers to housing America’s poor.

How Uncle Sam Underwrites Coal-Powered Automobiles

Tesla Motors recently announced that its latest model, the Tesla 3, will be released at the end of 2017. Almost 400,000 pre-orders have already been placed for the fan favorite that boasts a celebrity clientele including Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney. For $35,000 you, too, can be the proud owner of the environmental solution of the future: a coalpowered automobile, subsidized by Uncle Sam.

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