President George H.W. Bush and Robert A. Mosbacher Sr.
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Changing immigration trends are the topic of a new issue of The Takeaway. According to the policy brief, the number of apprehensions at the Southwest border has actually decreased since 2000, but the steep rise in the number of families attempting to cross, the increase in credible fear claims, and the lack of functional laws and resources are all contributing to a growing humanitarian crisis at the Southwest border.
The author asks us to recognize that the United States is failing to protect children and serve families legitimately seeking refuge, and urges Congress to act.
Read The Takeaway, “Humanitarian Crisis on the Southwest Border.”
In this tribute to George P. Mitchell, the father of modern hydraulic fracturing, the authors argue that fracking has not only spurred a US energy renaissance centered in West Texas, but also created other benefits, such as low natural gas prices for consumers, lower CO2 emissions from displacement of coal, and assistance for renewables that struggle with intermittency. The authors maintain that innovation and entrepreneurship often lead to unanticipated changes and benefits.
Read The Takeaway, “The Permian Basin: A Tribute to American Innovation and Entrepreneurship.”
The term “water-energy-food nexus” describes the ways the three resources are heavily dependent on each other. The science of the water-energy-food nexus suggests that these resources need to be managed and governed together. But, few people know much about what nexus governance is or why it matters. This brief addresses the governance of these resources as reflected in research of the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy.
Read The Takeaway, Governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: What it Is and Why it Matters .
Please join us for an Education Policy Workshop featuring Dr. Susan Dynarski who will speak about her research relating to inequality in education. Dr. Dynarski is a professor of public policy, education, and economics at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on inequality in education, the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, and the effect of high school reforms.
See Video Here
The national debt is again in the news, having passed 21 trillion dollars and 100% of gross domestic product. Rather than growth generating additional tax revenues that would pay for the tax cuts of 2017, as predicted by nonpartisan economists, the US budget deficit rose 17% over fiscal year 2017. The goal of this issue of The Takeaway is to help readers understand the US federal debt and why it matters.
Read The Takeaway, Two More Reasons Why the Federal Debt Matters .
Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion on the proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement featuring Jaime Serra Puche, the lead NAFTA negotiator for Mexico, and other distinguished panelists.
Find more information about the event on the North American Trade Symposium page.
Join the Mosbacher Institute on February 13, 2019, for a Conversations in Public Policy seminar on "The Economic Impact of Trump’s Trade Policy" with Anne O. Krueger, Former First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.
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