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Study: $9.60 minimum wage may be about right for RI • June 23, 2015 • Ted Nesi

"...In a recent policy memo for The Hamilton Project, a center-left think tank based at Washington’s Brookings Institution, Dube offered two proposals for how Rhode Island policymakers could decide on a higher minimum wage. “These state and local reforms can be an important part of the policy portfolio for reducing the incidence of poverty and for helping low-income families support themselves as they strive toward the middle class,” he argues..."

Exchanges—they’re not just for health insurance

Insurance News Net • June 23, 2015 • Linda Koco

"...The insurance exchange idea is spreading beyond the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...A potential long-term care (LTC) exchange: The Hamilton Project at Brookings has proposed a LTC exchange as one of several LTC reforms the researchers envision..."

A new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts—and the results are grim

Vox • June 23, 2015 • Brad Plumer

"...That's the issue explored in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income families replace their furnaces, upgrade insulation, and seal up leaks along doors and windows. This experimental set-up allowed for a more rigorous evaluation of these weatherization efforts..."

Africa’s moment to lead on climate

The Washington Post • June 19, 2015 • Kofi Annan and Robert E. Rubin

"Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries. This is the challenge leading up to three key international events this year: a July summit on financing for new global development goals, another in September to settle on those goals and — crucially — a global meeting in December to frame an agreement, and set meaningful targets, on climate change..."

The Path to Water Innovation: Part 2 of 2

Modern Pumping Today • June 18, 2015

Modern Pumping Today featured the full Hamilton Project discussion paper "The Pate to Water Innovation," by Newsha K. Ajami, Barton H. Thompson Jr., and David G. Victor of the Stanford Woods Insittute for the Environment. 

Case for higher minimum wage built on assumptions

Oregon Live • June 18, 2015 • The Oregonian Editorial Board

"...The Hamilton Project, a unit of the Brookings Institution focused on the economy, bases its minimum wage research on the assumption that workers earning up to 150 percent of the new minimum wage would see a pay increase. For an increase to $13, that would mean workers earning up to $19.50..." 

Re-entry program to announce mentors for female prison inmates

Houston Syle Magazine • June 18, 2015 • Jo-Carolyn Goode

"...According to the Hamilton Project proposal for a national prisoner re-entry program, earnings for an ex-offender after returning home averages about $9,000 a year with no growth in earnings. Consequently, income of this amount does not offer a sustainable livelihood for a female ex-offender and her dependents, if any..." 

Cut the fat from savings plans

Bankrate • June 18, 2015 • Jennie L. Phipps

"...Friedman, a professor of economics at Brown University and a scholar for the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at The Brookings Institution, has proposed a two-step plan that he believes would make it easier for people to save and increase the likelihood that employers would provide the mechanisms for saving..."

Brookings paper calls for radical retirement overhaul

Benefits Pro • June 17, 2015 • Nick Thornton

"...In a Hamilton Project paper, the policy group at Brookings that addresses retirement security, John Friedman, an economist at Brown University, proposes Congress scrap all existing tax-preferred retirement savings plans and replace them with a single plan—the Universal Retirement Savings Account..."

Doing more, not less, to save retirees from financial ruin

The New York Times • June 16, 2015 • Eduardo Porter

"...In a study for the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, scheduled to be presented next week, Professor Friedman proposes that the government cap the tax deductibility on workers’ retirement savings — which are relatively inefficient at mobilizing additional saving — and use the money saved to provide tax credits for employers that increase their workers’ pension contributions..."

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