Podcasts

Lessons from the COVID-era Welfare Expansion

COVID brought expansions of social welfare programs and increased flexibility. But many of the changes expired. Now Congress is considering a bit of a revival of the child tax credit expansion, but recipients of traditional welfare programs won’t see equivalent gains. Did policymakers learn the right lessons from the successes and failures of COVID-era expansions?

February 21, 2024 • Matt Grossmann
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Commentary
Criminal Justice

Breaking the cycle of dependence: drugs, crime, and the PRWORA

By the 1990s, many communities in America had undergone 20 years of painful, often violent socioeconomic deterioration, and policymakers were desperate for solutions. PRWORA has permanently locked many Americans into cycles of poverty, drug abuse, and criminal involvement.

February 21, 2024 • Joanna Wahmhoff
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Studies
Immigration

Project 2025: Unveiling the far right's plan to demolish immigration in a second Trump term

While there is little doubt that a second term for Trump would be grim for immigrants, the headlines do not capture the depth of the proposed changes or the lengths the administration would go to implement them.

February 20, 2024 • Cecilia Esterline
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Lessons from the COVID-era Welfare Expansion
By Matt Grossmann
Breaking the cycle of dependence: drugs, crime, and the PRWORA
By Joanna Wahmhoff
Project 2025: Unveiling the far right's plan to demolish immigration in a second Trump term
By Cecilia Esterline