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Through their fiscal policies, states play an increasing role in U.S. macroeconomic stability. Yet most have underfunded rainy day accounts. As a result, when national economic downturns hit, states raise taxes and cut spending, exacerbating recessions and slowing recovery. The federal government can put policies in place to ensure that state and federal budget policies are more harmonized. One...
To boost U.S. international competitiveness and the number of good jobs, we need a more robust innovation policy. State governments can play a key role in this. In fact, all 50 states now have initiatives to promote technology-based economic development. However, because the benefits of innovation spill across state borders, states invest less in innovation-based economic development than is in...
More so than other high schools, math and science high schools produce benefits that local communities, and even states will not capture. Rather than be seen as solely the responsibility of local school districts, or even of states, they should be seen for what they are: a critical part of the nation’s scientific and technological infrastructure. Congress and the Administration should set a goal...
The fund would help encourage state legislatures to create specialized schools that are autonomous from the management of traditional schools.
Institutional partnerships are a key to success of Math and Science High Schools (MSHSs). Whether it’s the donation of research equipment, the opening of their facilities to students and faculty, or mentoring of students, technology-based companies can play an important supportive role.
While college students today have the opportunity to choose among an astounding array of majors, too few are equipped with the analytical skills that are necessary in virtually any job. Moreover, if students are only learning to recite a series of facts, grade point average is a weak indicator of whether or not a college graduate will make a good employee. A baseline standardized test that all...
Traditional universities, taught and administrated by traditional staff rarely deviate from conventional methods of teaching, yet as the needs of the modern workforce become focused on broad skill sets such as logic, writing and thinking and less on learning specific facts, such teaching methods have become anachronistic. Instead, governments, foundations or wealthy individuals ought to fund...
Displaced workers often can find new work only in jobs that, at least at the outset, pay lower wages. The federal government can help displaced workers—and encourage them to find new jobs—by providing wage insurance. Under this proposal, the government would pay a displaced worker who had worked for a previous employer for at least two years half the difference between the old and new wage, up to...
Highly skilled workers are not only essential for productivity but are also less likely to experience long-term unemployment that low-skilled workers. Yet often times, unemployed workers don’t have the luxury of taking time away from the workforce for training. Extending unemployment insurance to workers in training will help low-skilled workers get needed skills and escape the trap of circular...
Over the last several decades the labor market has become more dynamic while at the same time the safety net of unemployment insurance has become weaker. This has happened because many states have sought to cut unemployment benefits as a way to keep employee UI taxes low. The federal government should reduce this type of race to the bottom competition by raising the UI tax mandated in the Federal...
Displaced workers often can find new work only in jobs that, at least at the outset, pay lower wages. The federal government can help displaced workers — and encourage them to find new jobs — by providing wage insurance. Yet cash-strapped states with budget neutrality rules in their constitutions may not be able to provide the level of assistance that many workers need. Within the American...
Some companies with facilities in the United States and offshore may shift work back to the United States if provided with modest incentives to do so. Toward that end, Congress should charge the Economic Development Administration with providing forgivable loans for companies that expand employment in high un employment counties by bringing back jobs from overseas. The loans would be forgivable...
As long as Congress limits the number of H-1B visas that can be issued, demand will likely be higher than supply. The current “first come, first serve” formula of allocation visas is inefficient and some organizations with the most need for H-1B visas do not receive enough of them. Therefore, an auction system for some temporary high-skill visas might be considered as a means of allocating them...
Lifeline is a federally mandated government program that offers low-income households a discount on their monthly local telephone bill for basic telephone service. In a world where many households have the ability to use broadband for voice services (VOIP), it is anachronistic for this program not to allow consumers to use the subsidy for either traditional voice service (wired or wireless) or...
Without own ing a computer or similar device there is no reason to subscribe to broadband. One proposal that could sig nificantly expand computer ownership is to allow the FCC’s “E-rate” funds to be used to subsidize computer purchases by low-income families with students enrolled at E-rate eligible schools. Spurring broadband deployment and computer adoption among families with children can play...