Category Archives: United States

The Unprecedented Debt Burdens Facing Millennials

This is a summary of testimony before the House Budget Committee. Read the full testimony here.

Chairman Price, Vice-Chairman Rokita, Ranking Member Van Hollen, and other Members of House Budget Committee, thank you for the opportunity to give testimony on the fiscal burdens faced by young Americans. I am a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the coauthor of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young. Over the past three months, I have traveled across the country talking about my book and hearing millennials discuss the economic problems that they are facing.

Young people ages 20 to 24 face an unemployment rate of over 9 percent. More than six years into economic recovery, many millennials are asking, “What recovery?”

This is especially problematic given that millennials are facing two separate, unprecedented financial burdens. The first, student loan debt, has been driven by poor federal policies. The second, unfunded health and retirement programs, was never voted on or approved by the young, yet they are still liable for the decisions of past policymakers.

Read the rest on Economics 21 here.

National ethics group broke state laws to acquire signatures

Wherever it campaigns for political ethics reform, the activist group Represent.us seems plagued by legal and ethical challenges of its own.

Earlier this week, Watchdog.org reported that the Represent.us-backed ethics board in Tallahassee, Fla. was slammed – by its own former supporters – for conflicts of interest in the July hiring of legal counsel.

At almost the same time, a Lansing, Mich., city attorney ruled that a Represent.us-backed ethics group there broke state laws in acquiring signatures for a ballot initiative that would require lobbyists to register with the government and offers public financing of political candidates.

“The Lansing ballot initiative on the ethics board was deemed unconstitutional because it violated numerous provisions of the charter as well as state law,” Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope told Watchdog.org.

Read the rest on Watchdog here.

Why are schools still segregated 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education?

It has been over six decades since the Supreme Court ruled states establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. Yet school segregation persists today, because most students are assigned schools based on their address, and many neighborhoods are still racially homogeneous.

More than four in five traditional public schools in the country have a student population in which a majority of students are the same race, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Sixty percent of traditional public schools are majority white, while 15 percent are majority Hispanic and 9 percent are majority black.

Read the rest of the article at the Washington Examiner.