Considerations for State-Sponsored Retirement Plans
An increasing number of states have begun to contemplate state-administered individual retirement account programs. How do these differ from employer-sponsored plans? And would they be able to provide workers with meaningful retirement savings? Public finance fellow Joyce Beebe explains.
Joyce Beebe November 7, 2022
Preventing Firearm Injury in the Greater Houston Area through Purpose and Policy: A Review
The first annual Firearm Injury Prevention and Safety Symposium, hosted by the Center for Health and Biosciences in June 2022, brought together researchers, policymakers and community partners committed to ending gun violence. This conference report summarizes the many presentations held at the event, as well as a concrete plan for local action to reduce firearm injury and death.
Sandra McKay, Jacqueline Klotz, Mia Hurts, Bindi Naik-Mathuria October 31, 2022
“Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams & Recent Policy Developments: Part 1
Fellow Joyce Beebe explores the tax scams featured on the IRS' "Dirty Dozen" list in this two-part brief series.
Joyce Beebe October 13, 2022
The Many Challenges Facing Arati Prabhakar as She Takes Over Biden’s Science Policy Office
Arati Prabhakar has been sworn in as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and assistant to the president…
Neal F. Lane October 6, 2022
Red Light, Green Deal, Yellow Light: Biden’s Energy Roadmap
Political, market and geopolitical headwinds have slowed down Biden’s ambitious climate plans, write energy experts Anna Mikulska and Michael Maher. In this brief, they explore why progress on decarbonization is likely to be more gradual than initially envisioned.
Anna Mikulska, Michael D. Maher October 5, 2022
Center for Health and Biosciences | Science and Technology Policy | Domestic Health Policy Analysis | ReportA New Weapon in the Anti-Vaccine Arsenal: Claiming the Unvaccinated as a Protected Class
Anti-vaccine advocates have been deploying a new tactic: pushing for unvaccinated individuals to become a protected group under constitutional and statutory law. Expert Valerie Gutmann Koch explores why this could threaten public health.
Valerie Gutmann Koch October 3, 2022
Improving the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) Loan Program
This brief outlines how the Small Business Administration's long-standing 7(a) loan program can build upon the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen its operations and impact.
Natasha Patnaik, George Webb September 27, 2022
The Future of National Vaccine Policy Runs Through Texas
Vaccination policies are a cornerstone of public health, but anti-vaccine activists have been adamantly pushing for legislation that would weaken and dismantle the public health infrastructure, the authors write. In this issue brief, they examine vaccine policy challenges leading up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the future of vaccine legislation in Texas and the United States.
Rekha Lakshmanan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews September 26, 2022
What if Carbon Border Taxes Applied to all Carbon — Fossil Fuels, Too?
The European Union is embarking on an experiment that will expand its climate policies to imports for the first time. It’s…
Joon Ha Kim, Mark Finley September 21, 2022