Wendy Schiller comments on Providence's rising costs for pensions and healthcare, following Mayor Elorza's announcement of a proposed three-part savings plan for the city. Schiller says these costs are unsustainable.
Tim Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, shares his take on the opposition to the USA Freedom Act, which many view as a workable compromise to the Patriot Act that preserves essential capabilities.
Journalist in Residence Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe, "If justice were truly blind, all would be treated equally and punished according to the scope of their offenses. Since justice is clearly being administered prejudicially, however, a larger solution is necessary."
Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the possibility of key parts of the NSA’s surveillance powers granted by the Patriot Act expiring soon, unless Congress takes action.
Kenneth Wong, professor of education policy, commented on an article about Rushern L. Baker's proposal to increase property taxes to fund Prince George County's struggling school system. Wong said it's unusual to have a double-digit tax increase to fund schools, adding "It sends a strong signal that the new team will take school reform seriously."
May 15, 2015Center for International Maritime Security
Journalist in Residence Stephen Kinzer on the Center for International Maritime Security, "The forces that created the Dulles brothers are the forces that created America. If you can understand those sources you can understand a good deal about this country."
Visting Fellow Timothy Edgar on Lawfare, "The job of lawyers and privacy officials is the intelligence community is to administer the two basic systems of oversight first established by the Church Committee reforms of the 1970s: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and E.O. 12,333."
Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies and sociology, wrote an op-ed applauding Gov. Gina Raimondo and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner's proposed Infrastructure Bank, saying the "bank is simply a great plan, filled with common-sense approaches, and begins to allow us to scale up our existing state programs to build a more resilient economy and society."
Director of the China Initiative Edward Steinfeld on Brookings Blog, "When confronted by the kind of production practices emerging from China today, the smart move by observers in advanced industrial nations is to stop worrying, stop accusing, stop making excuses, and instead start learning."
Anna Aizer, Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, co-authored a paper, "The Long Term Impact of Cash Transfers to Poor Families" that was cited in an opinion piece in the New York Times. Opinion writer Jason Furman uses Aizer's research to make the case that rather than increasing dependency, cash-transfer programs to help the poor have "substantial long term benefits for children."
Ed Fitzpatrick talks to Brown postdoctoral fellow Atul Pokharel about the loss his family and town suffered during the earthquake in Nepal and a website he has created to help those affected by the disaster.
Nitsan Chorev, professor of sociology and international studies, comments on President Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which some fear will snuff out Fall River's hard-earned progress toward rebirth. “The winners are going to be companies that rely heavily on copyright and intellectual property protections . . . the other winners are going to be foreign companies,” Chorev says.