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Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?
Healthcare

Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?

Certificate of Need (CON) laws were initially put into effect as part of the “Health Planning Resources Development Act” of 1974. The law incentivised states to create CON programs by offering additional funding or withholding Medicare and Medicaid funds from those states that decided not to participate. The act sought to restrain health care facility … Continue reading

We’re Paying the Cost for Ineffective Pre-Trial Release Policies
Constitution / Other

We’re Paying the Cost for Ineffective Pre-Trial Release Policies

Prior to the 2019 Timbs v Indiana Supreme Court decision, state and county courts were legally allowed to forfeit high priced property of the accused and hold them accountable to unnecessarily high fines before their trials.[1] In February of 2019, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution’s 8thAmendment ban on excessive fines applies to … Continue reading

Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers
Politics

Trump’s Overtime Protection Rule: A Smart Rule for Workers

The Trump Administration’s Overtime Protection Rule In March of 2019, the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to update and extended eligibility for overtime pay for employees that do not perform managerial, executive, or administrative taks. The proposed rule, Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees, mandates … Continue reading

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered
Politics

As unaffordable housing swells, its causes (and proposed solutions) should be considered

The nation undoubtedly faces an affordable housing problem, one that can be understood through the economic lens of housing supply-and-demand. Since the Great Recession, mortgage rates have remained low but at the expense of overall housing costs, with prices of the average American home soaring to $316,000 in June of 2019. A study by Freddie Mac attributes the rise … Continue reading

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?
Technology

What is algorithmic transparency and why do we need it?

On February 11, 2013, Eric Loomis was arrested in Wisconsin for his part in a drive-by shooting. He pleaded guilty to knowingly fleeing an officer.  During the sentencing, the judge consulted an algorithm that predicted how likely Loomis was to recidivate. Because of his criminal history and other factors weighed by the algorithm, Loomis was … Continue reading

From the Past to the Present: U.S. Protectionism
Politics

From the Past to the Present: U.S. Protectionism

Since assuming office, President Trump has shaken the foundation of global trade with his use of tariffs. Tariffs, in simple terms, are taxes levied on imported goods. Trump’s intentions, in line with his America First campaign promise, are to boost the domestic manufacturing industry, reduce the U.S. trade deficit, and to leverage foreign countries into … Continue reading

Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials
Healthcare

Smoking and Binge-drinking: only one of those can kill you, think Millennials

Kids these days — in particular 18-24 year-olds — are giving up cigarettes in favor of more refined ways of upsetting their parents. Although rates of young adult cigarette use have dropped significantly in recent years to just 10%, marijuana use has crept up to about 20% (p. 23). Meanwhile, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity … Continue reading