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Analysis of the US Sugar Program
NOVEMBER 2017 AGRICULTURAL POLICY IN DISARRAY REFORMING THE FARM BILL Executive Summary We review the key features of the US sugar program and its welfare, trade, and world price implications. The sugar program is a protectionist policy, which...
A Strategy for Success in Libya
NOVEMBER 2017 Contents Executive Summary 1 Why the US Must Act in Libya Now 1 Wrong Problem, Wrong Strategy 2 What to Do ...
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Section 702: Mend It, Don't End It
Key Points * The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 surveillance program targeting foreign terrorists is an indispensable tool for US intelligence agencies. The program should be reauthorized by Congress before its expiration...
India's Dodgy Pharmacy
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary Thirty years ago, most medicines consumed in rich nations were made there. Today most of the ingredients and nearly half the finished products come from India and China. India and China have low costs, which have...
Japanese Internationalism in the 21st Century: Reshaping Foreign Policy in an Era of Upheaval
Contents Author's Note v I. Japan's National Power in a Shifting Global Balance 1 II. Japan's New Realism: Abe Gets Tough 43 III. Trumpeting the Alliance: How Much Will the...
Job Number One: THE NEW JERSEY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION'S ROLE IN NEW JERSEY'S DISASTROUS PENSION AND BENEFITS CRISIS: Part III of the Legal Corruption Series
NOVEMBER 2017 The Legal Corruption Series: Executive Summary New Jersey is in a bad way. Our economy is weak and significantly underperforms other states. Our tax system is consistently ranked as the worst in the nation. Our public-sector pensions...
New Jersey Is Dying: A SPECIAL-INTEREST-DOMINATED STATUS QUO IS HURTING THE STATE'S ECONOMY: Part V of the Legal Corruption Series
NOVEMBER 2017 The Legal Corruption Series: Executive Summary New Jersey is in a bad way. Our economy is weak and significantly underperforms other states. Our tax system is consistently ranked as the worst in the nation. Our public-sector pensions...
Political Report: A Monthly Poll Compilation
2017: Hot Topics in a Frigid Political Year In this issue, we look at the public's verdict on some hot topics this year. A change in leadership hasn't shifted overall views of the country much. Throughout the year, majorities said things in the...
Rethinking Prison: A STRATEGY FOR EVIDENCE-BASED REFORM
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary Over the past decade, there has been growing consensus on the need for prison reform. Observers from both sides of the political divide have increasingly concluded that imprisonment in the US has been overused,...
Rethinking Prison: A Strategy for Evidence-Based Reform: A Brief
November 2017 Key Points * Over the past decade, there has been growing bipartisan consensus on the need for prison reform. US prison systems are seen as ineffective, or "broken," due to the relatively high recidivism rates observed among released...
Rethinking the Mission: COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND WORKFORCE EDUCATION
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary New technology, a changing economy, declining labor force participation, and stagnant blue-collar earnings all put new emphasis on middle-skill jobs--those that require more than a high school diploma but less...
Sanctioning an Unruly Ally: Understanding Sino-North Korean Trade through the People's Daily
1 Introduction The nuclearization of North Korea presents one of the gravest dangers facing the world in recent years. In addition to six nuclear tests since 2006, North Korea has launched 94 missiles under Kim Jong-un's rule as of September 20,...
Talk Is Cheap, but Good Education Costs: THE TRUTH ABOUT NEW JERSEY'S HIGH TAX BURDEN: Part IV of the Legal Corruption Series
NOVEMBER 2017 The Legal Corruption Series: Executive Summary New Jersey is in a bad way. Our economy is weak and significantly underperforms other states. Our tax system is consistently ranked as the worst in the nation. Our public-sector pensions...
The Evolving High School CTE: NEW JERSEY'S DISTINCTIVE APPROACH TO CAREER EDUCATION
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary New Jersey has taken a distinctive approach to career and technical education (CTE): empowering county governments, rather than just traditional school districts, to take the lead on vocational high schools. These...
The Farm Bill, Conservation, and the Environment
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary From the beginning, conservation provisions in the farm bill have been linked to farm income support. In the past few decades, spending on conservation programs in the farm bill has both risen and remained relatively...
The Future of SNAP: CONTINUING TO BALANCE PROTECTION AND INCENTIVES
NOVEMBER 2017 AGRICULTURAL POLICY IN DISARRAY REFORMING THE FARM BILL Executive Summary For more than 50 years, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program's (SNAP) success has been built on its reliance on the free market system, by...
The Magnitude of Rooftop Solar Subsidies and Why It Matters
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary Solar power is popular, for reasons that are a good deal weaker than the public discussion suggests, but not all solar power is created equal. There is utility-scale solar capacity and generation, and there is...
The Path Less Taken: BARRIERS TO PROVIDING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AT COMMUNITY COLLEGES
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary At a time when employer demand is high for middle-skills workers and employment outcomes for individuals in those jobs are relatively strong, it seems only logical that students would be in hot pursuit of the credentials...
Waters of the US Rule and Clean Water Act Fail to Provide Cost-Effective Improvements in Water Quality
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary To protect navigable waters, the Clean Water Act's jurisdiction extends to waters linked to navigable ones. But because essentially all waters are connected, under the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule,...
You Get What You Measure: INTERNET PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AS A POLICY TOOL
NOVEMBER 2017 Executive Summary The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) justified its 2015 reclassification of internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers with a novel "virtuous circle" hypothesis. The agency correctly observed that...
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