NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico
Politics

NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico

The 1994 passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a major commitment to bolstering the interconnectedness between the United States and Mexico. Since implementation, the two countries have continued to realize increased economic growth and efficiency gains from integrated production. In 2012, Mexico was the second largest goods export destination for the … Continue reading

A Vicious Cycle of Narrow Networks: Trading Cost for Access for the Benefit of Whom?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare

A Vicious Cycle of Narrow Networks: Trading Cost for Access for the Benefit of Whom?

Broader choice comes with a price. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) slowly phases in, health policy experts predict a primary care physician shortage gap as well as a deep crack in the patient-physician relationship in the United States to grow deeper over time.  Especially if the President doesn’t keep the promise he made to … Continue reading

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?
Energy

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?

The EPA recently held 11 sessions for public input on the agency’s new rules to restrict carbon emissions from existing power plants. While large coal interests and major labor unions were represented, the vast majority of attendees represented environmental advocacy groups (or themselves) and favored regulation. Some might suggest that this indicates broad support for … Continue reading

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs
Immigration

Fighting Worker Exploitation by Fixing our Guest Worker Programs

An increase in immigration also increases the risk of human rights abuse because immigrants are often so desperate that they are willing to work for any employer, even under deplorable conditions. The above statement is used by several anti-immigrant groups like the Progressives for Immigration Reform as an argument against immigration. Since when do anti-immigrant … Continue reading

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding
Fiscal policy / Regulation

The SNAP Trap, “Non-Excessive” Funding

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program The 2009 Recovery Act was scheduled to have its boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced when it expired on November 1. For households of three, this will be reduced by $29/month reducing monthly assistance from $63 to $37, Single person households’ SNAP benefits will be cut $11/month, and two-person … Continue reading