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  • Heflin discusses food insecurity in military, veteran families in MT

    Professor Colleen Heflin and other advocates participated in a roundtable discussion of hunger in the military and veteran communities before the House Rules Committee on May 27. They discussed the stigma in asking for help that’s perceived by service members, veterans and their families; difficulties families face in qualifying for assistance; and lack of real data to quantify the extent of the problem. Heflin suggests providing automatic SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, to service members in the lower ranks as they separate from the military. "It’s a small dollar item that could really help service members during this critical transition period." Read more in the Military Times article, "‘A national outrage’: Lawmakers seek solutions to food insecurity in military, veteran families."

     

    Maxwell scholars publish book on public policy and the life course

    Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London, two professors from the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology, the Aging Studies Institute and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, co-edited a new book “Life-Course Implications of U.S. Public Policies” (Routledge, 2021). Professors Colleen Heflin, Madonna Harrington Meyer and Jennifer Karas Montez, along with Ph.D. student Amra Kandic, contributed to the book.

     

    O'Keefe talks to CNN about Boom Supersonic aircraft

    Boom Supersonic is one of several start-ups working on reviving supersonic air travel. Its long-term ambition is to get anywhere in the world in four hours at a price point of just $100. "It's an audacious goal!" says University Professor Sean O'Keefe. While it's feasible, O'Keefe reckons "it's going to require two or three generations of technology, development and breakthrough—which equates to about 20 years." Read more in the CNN article, "Boom Supersonic: 'Anywhere in the world in four hours for $100'."

     

    Van Slyke talks to Capital Tonight about fighting climate change

    Dean David Van Slyke discusses the need for government to work with the private sector and help facilitate a multi-faceted approach to triage, mitigate and prevent the effects of climate change in the coming years. "There really has to be a different governance approach to create mutually beneficial outcomes where those different partners can act out," says Van Slyke. Watch his full interview with Capital Tonight, "What role can government play in fighting climate change?"

     

    Maxwell faculty, staff and students honored with 2021 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2021 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.

     

    Popp discusses Biden's infrastructure plan, cutting emissions in Grist

    President Biden wants the U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030. The administration’s best hope for meeting that 50 percent reduction target appears to be his $2 trillion infrastructure package. But as currently envisioned, the package doesn’t include legally binding limits on carbon pollution. "The infrastructure plan to me is a down payment," says Professor David Popp. "Without the ‘stick’—without some national level policy that puts a cap on emissions—it’s hard to make a credible case that we’ll definitely be able to follow through" on the 50 percent goal, Popp says. Read more in the Grist article, "Biden’s only hope to cut emissions in half? His infrastructure plan."

     

    Burman piece on Biden's capital gains tax proposal published in Forbes

    President Biden wants to boost taxes on the wealthy. One way he proposes to do this is by raising capital gains tax for people earning $1 million or more. "This [proposal] is a significant reform that would close loopholes that fuel inefficient tax sheltering and make the income tax more progressive, and help pay for some of Biden’s domestic policy wish list," writes Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. Read more about Burman's assessment of President Biden's proposal in his article, "Biden Would Close Giant Capital Gains Loopholes—At Least For The Rich," published in Forbes.

     

    Heflin featured in The Well article on material hardship, COVID-19

    A recent Urban Institute survey found that compared with adults whose family employment was unaffected by the pandemic, families who lost jobs during the pandemic were twice as likely to report food insecurity, and nearly three times as likely to report problems paying utility bills, and nearly four times as likely to report problems paying rent or mortgage. "There’s a sense in our affluent world that we don’t need to be so careful at measuring material hardship, but the COVID-19 crisis taught us it’s more prevalent than we thought," says Professor Colleen Heflin. "Material hardship should measure an ability to cover basic needs," she says. Heflin was featured in The Well article, "Material Hardship Can Cause Adverse Health Outcomes in Young Adults."

     

    Banks comments on President Bush's handling of 9/11 attacks in SCMP

    Former President George W. Bush’s foray into Afghanistan came back into focus last week, with Biden announcing he would withdraw all U.S. troops from the country by September 11. With a combined 6,800 Americans dead, along with hundreds of thousands of other fatalities, and trillions of dollars in U.S. spending, the toll of U.S. engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan has been staggering. "Bush and many others overreacted to 9/11," says Professor Emeritus William Banks. "I blame him and especially (vice-president) Dick Cheney and then (defense secretary) Donald Rumsfeld for the reckless policies," he says. Read more in the South China Morning Post article, "Former US president George W Bush resurfaces as immigration advocate against Republican tide."

     

    Lopoo, Wolf cited in The Atlantic article on declining fertility rates

    The experiences of developed countries, taken together, suggest that small cash transfers or short parental leaves are unlikely to significantly increase fertility rates, says Professor Leonard Lopoo. Benefits that remove significant financial obstacles—the cost of child care, medical bills for prenatal care and giving birth, or college tuition—and prevent parents from having to leave their jobs are most likely to persuade someone to have a child, he says. Lopoo was interviewed for The Atlantic article, "The Danger of Shortchanging Parents." "Fiscal Externalities of Becoming a Parent," a study co-authored by Professor Douglas Wolf was also cited in the article (linked in the sixth paragraph).

     

    Heflin research on housing insecurity cited in Common Dreams article

    Professor Colleen Heflin's co-authored Lerner Center research brief, "Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response," was cited in the Common Dreams article, "New York to Offer Undocumented Migrants Up to $15,600 in Pandemic Relief." Heflin and co-author Lauryn Quick found that from late April through mid-July, nearly one in five households in New York state and 22% in the New York City metropolitan area reported not being able to afford last month's housing payment.

     

    Michelmore provides insight on child tax credit in Gender Policy Rpt

    "A Bigger Child Tax Credit Gives Families Flexibility," written by Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was published by the Gender Policy Report. "A policy that provides an unconditional monthly cash benefit gives parents more flexibility to choose an arrangement that works best for their families," says Michelmore. "Regardless of which path families choose, a long line of research suggests that providing families, particularly low-income families, with extra income will benefit families and children in the long term through better education, higher earnings in the future, lower crime rates, and better health," she says.

     

    Radcliffe quoted in Marketplace piece on companies, voter restrictions

    Earlier this week, hundreds of companies and executives, including Amazon, Netflix and Starbucks, published a signed statement opposing "any discriminatory legislation" that would make it harder for people to vote. Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, JPMorgan Chase and Walmart are some of the companies that did not sign the statement. Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs, says that although taking a stand can be tricky, "if companies are dragging their feet or not getting involved when fundamental questions of democracy are at stake, that could be a long-term threat." Read more in the Marketplace article, "What drives corporations to sign — or not sign — a letter opposing voting restrictions?"

     

    Murrett weighs in on the size of China's naval fleet in Military Times

    Citing the Office of Naval Intelligence, a Congressional Research Service report from March notes that the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, was slated to have 360 battle force ships by the end of 2020, dwarfing the U.S. fleet of 297 ships. When it comes to fleet size, Robert Murrett, professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, says that China’s fleet largely remains in its backyard, while a good number of the U.S. force is underway around the world, making a number-to-number assessment incomplete. Read more in the Military Times article, "China’s navy has more ships than the US. Does that matter?"

     

    Burman comments on rising national debt in Christian Science Monitor

    National debt is surging yet economists are less worried about it. One reason is that interest rates have fallen to near record lows, making the cost of borrowing virtually free. That could prove to be an advantage, especially if the money is spent on investments, such as infrastructure, that can grow the economy in the future. "Investing in better roads, bridges, dams, electrical infrastructure, all of that stuff, clearly, those investments pay returns over a long period of time," says Professor Leonard Burman. "Investing in better education, if you can do it, pays returns over the course of decades." Read more in the Christian Science Monitor article, "National debt is surging higher. Here’s why worry is heading lower."

     

    Murrett talks to Fox News about Russia's Arctic build-up

    Russia is expanding its military bases in the Arctic and testing its newest weapons, causing concern to security experts. "Russia is developing a series of weapons that are very concerning from the standpoint of the United States," says Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.), professor of practice of public administration and international affairs. "The Arctic is actually smaller and just a terrific shortcut whether you're in an aircraft, whether you're underneath the surface of the ocean, and also for intercontinental ballistic missiles, this goes back to the Cold War," he says. Murrett was interviewed for the Fox News segment, "Experts worry Russia is seeking a 'new Cold War'."

     

    Wiemers study on COVID-19 risk factors, protective behaviors published

    "Association Between Risk Factors for Complications From COVID-19, Perceived Chances of Infection and Complications, and Protective Behavior in the US," co-authored by Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Emily Wiemers, was published in JAMA Network Open. In their cross-sectional survey study, the authors found that adults with risk factors for COVID-19 complications reported higher perceived susceptibility to complications. They also found that during common activities, including visiting with friends, the majority of adults, including the highly susceptible, did not consistently wear masks.

     

    Yinger quoted in Daily Beast article on diverse communities

    It's been shown that diverse communities have innumerable benefits for all their residents, yet communities remain segregated. There are long-lasting ramifications from historic and present-day housing discrimination, which is evidenced by a substantial racial homeownership gap. "Our past has a long legacy. The federal government discriminated in the provision of mortgages, in the placement of housing, and we still have that legacy with us," says John Yinger, Trustee Professor of Economics and Public Administration and International Affairs. He was quoted in the Daily Beast article, "Benefits for All: Why Diverse Communities are the Way Forward, For Everyone."

     

    Popp weighs in on Biden's green stimulus spending in NYT, Guardian

    President Biden is preparing the details of a new, vastly larger, economic stimulus plan that again would use government spending to unite the goals of fighting climate change and restoring the economy. "Unless they can pair it with a policy that forces people to reduce emissions, a big spending bill doesn’t have a big impact," says Professor David Popp. Read more in the New York Times article, "Biden’s Lesson From Past Green Stimulus Failures: Go Even Bigger." Popp was also interviewed for the Guardian article, "Biden’s $2tn infrastructure plan aims to ‘finally address climate crisis as a nation'."

     

    Radcliffe comments on corporations' role in politics in Marketplace

    Activists are asking corporations in Georgia such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Home Depot to speak out against the recent bill passed that restricts voting in a number of ways, including shortening the window in which someone can request an absentee ballot and limiting the number of ballot drop boxes. "If you don’t take a stand, you’re opening yourself up to criticism of being complicit in legislation that is widely seen as violating individual rights," says Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs. He was quoted in the Marketplace article, "What responsibility do corporations have to weigh in on voting rights?"

     

    Maxwell School ranks #1, with five specialties rated in the top five

    Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ranks #1 in the nation for public affairs according to the annual U.S. News & World Report & reputational survey. The School also received high marks across a wide range of subspecialties within public affairs, recognized with five subspecialty rankings in the top five.

     

    Burman weighs in on scope of Biden's stimulus plan in Insider article

    President Biden's first economic package was bold in its size, breadth and lack of bipartisanship. It's a sharp contrast to the smaller package of the Obama era—and that era's slower recovery. "We have lots of experience with spending too little to try to get out of a recession. We don't have any experience with spending too much," says Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. "So it'll be interesting to see what happens." Burman was quoted in the Insider article, "Biden is splitting with Obama on the economy and the proof is in their stimulus plans."

     

    Williams discusses the US's approach to warfare on History Hit podcast

    Michael John Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, was a guest on History Hit's Warfare podcast for the episode titled "Liberalism and the American Way of War." From Ancient Greece, through the Enlightenment, the Napoleonic Wars, World Wars I and II, and all the way through to modern drone warfare, Williams explains the American rationale, approach to and methods of warfare.

     

    Six Maxwell students receive prestigious Critical Language Scholarship

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Traditionally, some 550 students spend eight to 10 weeks abroad studying one of 15 languages—Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish or Urdu. The program is fully funded and includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

     

    Murrett discusses the progress of the Chinese navy in Military Times

    "There is a good deal of interest these days in the growth of the Chinese navy, known officially as the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Most of the discussion tends to focus on the steady and significant increase in the inventory of PLAN ships and submarines, as well as the gradual expansion of the operational reach of these ships," says Robert Murrett. "However, the other dimensions of sea power that constitute the real effectiveness of any navy are not always sufficiently considered. In the case of China, an assessment of strategy, operational proficiency, regional and global naval power, and leadership deserve additional emphasis," he says. Read more in his article, "China has a large and growing navy: What is the rest of the story?," published in Military Times.

     

    Burman discusses Biden's tax proposal in Vox article

    President Biden’s follow-up recovery plan is still taking shape, as are plans to accompany it with taxes. "Taking out the politics, planning a tax bill that would help reduce inequality, make the system work better, raise revenue to slow the rate of growth of the debt, all of those things would make a whole lot of sense," says Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. "But the question is just timing, and it’s always a bad time for a tax increase because it’s hard to get your base excited about raising taxes." Burman was interviewed for the Vox article, "Joe Biden’s tax plan, explained."

     

    Maxwell alumni, student honored with 2021 ASPA awards

    The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) announced it will honor more than 40 individuals and organizations when it convenes its annual awards program next month during their 2021 Annual Conference. Several Maxwell alumni and one current online EMPA student are among the award honorees.

     

    Burman weighs in on Biden's coronavirus relief package in AP, Politico

    President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan largely relies on existing health care and tax credits, rather than new programs, but it expands them in ambitious new ways that are designed to reach more people who are suffering in an unprecedented time. "We haven’t done this before,” says Professor Len Burman. "If it actually does work the way it does in theory and the economy is back at full employment in a year, that would be amazing. It would save a lot of hardship and suffering." Read more in the Associated Press article, "$1.9T Biden relief package a bet government can help cure US." Burman was also quoted in the Politico article, "Biden's 'Morning in America' moment carries risks."

     

    Michelmore quoted in MarketWatch article on the American Rescue Plan

    Alongside $1,400 stimulus checks and more unemployment benefits, the $1.9 trillion financial stimulus package passed Saturday in the Senate broadens the Child Tax Credit’s eligibility and makes the credit’s payouts more generous. Undoing the earned income threshold is a particular benefit to Black and Latino children who disproportionately live in households falling underneath the earned income threshold, says Katherine Michelmore. "What this reform is doing is it’s completely taking earning out of the equation," she says. Michelmore was quoted in the MarketWatch article, "‘One of the largest anti-poverty bills in recent history’ — what the $1.9 trillion COVID bill means for families with kids."

     

    Banks weighs in on Trump's legal problems in Newsday article

    Former President Trump is facing many legal battles including possible tax evasion charges. "There are various possibilities here for hiding assets or overvaluing or undervaluing assets," says Professor Emeritus William C. Banks. He says Trump and his supporters would call for an exaggeration of the prosecution and some officials may decide not to take some cases any further. "The lawsuits in New York City or New York State or wherever is, ultimately, a judgment call," Banks says. "You don’t have to lay charges. Even if you lay charges, you don’t have to go to trial." Banks was quoted in the Newsday article, "Trump’s legal problems escalate even though he’s not in power."

     

    Five Maxwell scholars contribute to aging studies handbook

    Four professors and a doctoral student from the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology and Department of Public Administration and International Affairs have contributed to the completely revised ninth edition of the “Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences” (Elsevier Academic Press). In three chapters, Maxwell scholars explore a range of issues related to aging and the life course, including: the link between education and adult health, the life-course consequences of women’s direct and indirect ties to the military, and how intergenerational family ties shape well-being over the life course.

     

    Schwartz talks to Research Minutes about impact of special education

    Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, recently co-authored a study on the impact of special education on students with learning disabilities. On this episode of Research Minutes, "Does Special Education Improve Student Outcomes," she discusses her team's findings—including new evidence on student outcomes, special education classification and impacts for various student groups—and some potential national implications for special education policy, practice and future research.

     

    Michelmore discusses the child tax credit on Marketplace

    Currently, eligible families already get a tax credit for every child 16 and under once a year when they file their taxes, but some families with the lowest incomes miss out on some of the benefit. "The kids who don’t receive the full credit right now are predominantly kids who are lower income, many who are living in poverty, and many who are either Black or Latino," says Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs. She was interviewed for the Marketplace piece, "Relief bill could lift millions of kids out of poverty by expanding tax credit."

     

    Young study on coproduction, digital service delivery published in PMR

    "The impact of technological innovation on service delivery: social media and smartphone integration in a 311 system," authored by Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Matthew Young, was published in Public Management Review. Young analyzes whether technological changes to coproduction systems improve effectiveness, and whether improvements come at the expense of equity.

     

    Lambright study on globalizing public administration published

    "Charting three trajectories for globalizing public administration research and theory," co-authored by Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Harry Lambright, was published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. Lambright and his co-authors highlight three trajectories. The first is to build generalizable theories to enhance global applicability. The second trajectory is to be more inclusive of diverse perspectives in the mainstream of public administration scholarship. The final trajectory is to scale up the lens of inquiry beyond the nation-state to include global governance actors and organizations.

     

    Carboni's research on giving circles cited in Nonprofit Quarterly

    A recent study co-authored by Julia Carboni, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, found significant support for the idea that giving circles can be effective tools for economic and racial justice: "In the current context of philanthropic and wider societal attention to empowering marginalized groups, supporting [giving circles] presents philanthropy with a way to support and expand social justice and equity in philanthropy." The study, along with previous research conducted by Carboni on giving circles, was cited in the Nonprofit Quarterly article, "Can Giving Circles Democratize Philanthropy?"

     

    Michelmore quoted in BBC News article on US monthly child benefit

    Democrats are hoping to include a monthly child benefit—which could pay up to $300 per month per child—as part of a larger coronavirus spending package. Currently the U.S. relies on an annual tax credit to offset the costs of having children. How much money a family gets depends on how much a family makes—and therefore owes in taxes—a design that critics say leaves out those who need it most. "There's just a lot of kids that don't get the credit," says Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs. Read more in the BBC News article, "Why the US is eyeing a $300 monthly child benefit."

     

    Michelmore weighs in on expanding the child tax credit in SBG article

    Democrats are seeking ways to ease the burden on parents by transforming the child tax credit into a monthly allowance that experts say could radically reduce child poverty in the United States. "A program that is geared toward giving families money to reduce child poverty is money well spent," says Katherine Michelmore, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs. She was quoted in the Sinclair Broadcast Group article, "Dems aim to increase, expand child tax credit, but some Republicans object."

     

    Banks weighs in on Republican's support for Trump in China Daily

    Because Senate conviction requires a two-thirds majority, it is highly unlikely that 67 senators will line up against the former president, according to Professor Emeritus William C. Banks. "The main explanation for Republican senators' support is their belief or fear that Trump continues to control the national party and that many Republican voters do (believe that), too," says Banks. He was quoted in the China Daily article, "Opening arguments to start in trial of Trump."

     

    Banks weighs in on Trump's impeachment case in Wall Street Journal

    In a criminal case, a prosecutor would have to prove that Mr. Trump "could have reasonably foreseen that his incitement was likely to lead to all hell happening at the Capitol," says Professor Emeritus William Banks. He was quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, "Jamie Raskin Leads Democrats in Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial."

     

    Schwartz discusses her recent special ed study with Hechinger Report

    "They’re closing the gap with their general education peers by about a sixth," says Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs and lead author of the recently published study, "The Effects of Special Education on the Academic Performance of Students with Learning Disabilities." "Their performance [in special ed] jumps up compared to other peers with learning disabilities who are not yet diagnosed" and still part of the general education population, she says. Read more in the Hechinger Report article, "PROOF POINTS: New answers to old questions about special education."

     

    O'Keefe remembers Shuttle Columbia tragedy on LocalSYR's Bridge Street

    On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke up after a failed re-entry in the earth’s atmosphere and all seven astronauts on board were killed. University Professor Sean O'Keefe was NASA administrator when the tragedy occurred. "The courage that they [the victims' families] demonstrated that day became the source of resolve thereafter that all of us throughout the agency, throughout NASA, relied upon as a way to continually encourage us to do what they admonished us to do which was to find out what happened, go fix it, and then rededicate ourselves to the very objectives in which their loved ones had given their lives for" says O'Keefe. Watch the full interview via "Bridge Street" on LocalSYR.

     

    Popp talks to CNN, Wash Examiner about effects of Obama's Recovery Act

    A study led by Professor David Popp, Caroline Rapking Faculty Scholar in Public Administration and Policy, examined the "green" funds from the Recovery Act—focused on environment-related issues—and found that for every $1 million spent, 10 new jobs were created a few years later. "Almost all of those jobs were in manual labor, a lot of them were construction," Popp told CNN. "A lot of that's by design because that's where the money was targeted" through energy efficiency renovations and installing renewable energy infrastructure. Popp also spoke to the Washington Examiner about the impact of Obama's Recovery Act.

     

    Williams explains the value of a NATO CSG on Atlantic Council podcast

    Michael John Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, was a guest on the Atlantic Council's NATO 20/2020 podcast. Williams discussed his recent article on creating a NATO carrier strike group (CSG) to bolster the Alliance’s force posture and interoperability.

     

    Himmelreich discusses vaccine verification systems in Brookings piece

    "Building robust and ethical vaccination verification systems," co-authored by Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Johannes Himmelreich, was published in Brookings TechStream. "VRV systems present both opportunities and risks in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic," the authors say. "They offer hope of more accurate verification of vaccine status, but they also run the risk of both exacerbating existing health and economic inequalities and introducing significant security and privacy vulnerabilities." The authors argue that VRV systems ought to align with vaccine prioritization decisions, uphold fairness and equity, and be built on trustworthy technology.

     

    Popp weighs in on Biden's climate directives in New York Times

    On Wednesday, President Biden signed a sweeping series of executive actions while casting the moves as much about job creation as the climate crisis. David Popp, Caroline Rapking Faculty Scholar in Public Administration and Policy, discounted the notion of creating one million new auto manufacturing jobs. "He’s basically saying he’s going to double auto manufacturing. I find that hard to believe," says Popp. "You can’t do that with auto emissions regulations. You can’t do that with government procurement." Read more in the New York Times article, "Biden, Emphasizing Job Creation, Signs Sweeping Climate Actions."

     

    Schwartz study on special education, academic performance published

    "The Effects of Special Education on the Academic Performance of Students with Learning Disabilities," co-authored by Amy Ellen Schwartz, was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. In the 40‐plus years since the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, special education has grown in the number of students and amount spent on services. Despite this growth, academic performance of students with disabilities remains troublingly low compared to general education students. The authors looked at students with specific learning disabilities (LDs), using rich New York City public school data and found that academic outcomes improve for LDs following classification into special education and impacts are largest for those entering special education in earlier grades.

     

    Banks quoted in China Daily article on the inauguration

    Professor Emeritus William C. Banks says that only once in U.S. history, just after the Civil War, has a departing president not attended the inauguration. "The ceremony will also be dramatically affected by the pandemic, and by the extraordinary security necessitated by the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6," he says. Banks was quoted in the China Daily article, "Capital prepared, tense for inauguration."

     

    Popp discusses Biden's green jobs agenda in Forbes article

    "Wages in solar and wind could increase if demand increased, at least initially," says Professor David Popp, who wrote about the impact of fiscal policy on green jobs in a working paper in June 2020. "But higher wages would also attract more workers to develop the skills to work in wind and solar, so the increase need not be permanent." Read more in the Forbes article, "The Challenge Facing Biden’s Green Jobs Agenda? Green Jobs."

     

    New study explores effect of preemption laws on infant mortality rate

    "Effects of US state preemption laws on infant mortality," co-authored by Maxwell professors Douglas Wolf, Shannon Monnat and Jennifer Karas Montez, was published in Preventive Medicine. States are increasingly preempting city and county governments from enacting policies that benefit workers, such as raising the minimum wage. The authors found that each additional dollar of minimum wage reduces infant deaths by up to 1.8% annually in large U.S. cities. Additionally, in the 25 states that preempted minimum wage increases since 2001, over 600 infants could have been saved annually if localities had been allowed to raise their wage to $9.99.

     
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