Room to Grow Series

Monetary Policy

A defining feature of U.S. monetary policy over the past eight years has been its ad hoc nature. During this time the Federal Reserve conducted a series of large-scale asset-purchase programs and provided forward guidance on interest rates in a very unpredictable manner. These programs were supposed to promote price stability and spur a strong […]

Cronyism

Our latest Room To Grow briefing book examines the cancer of cronyism: the use of government to favor particular business interests rather than to create a level playing field for all businesses. In A Conservative Agenda to Combat Cronyism and Expand Opportunity, Yuval Levin argues that cronyism has become endemic to our politics and must be excised if we […]

K-12 Reform

School is back in session and CRN is out with a new Room To Grow briefing book examining our nation’s education system. In An Agenda for K-12 School Reform, American Enterprise Institute education scholar Frederick Hess makes the case that the old way of doing things in our nation’s schools isn’t meeting the needs of our children. He argues that policymakers […]

Poverty

A disturbing lack of progress within the current poverty model calls for reform. The odds of a child born into poverty moving out of it have remained almost completely static for the last two decades. Importantly, the welfare reforms enacted in 1996, known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), serves as a model that […]

Housing

Homeownership is an important engine of economic growth and provides a path to prosperity for low- and middle-income families. Policies that simply aim to make homeownership more accessible, though, overlook essential safeguards for responsible homeownership. The most recent housing crisis provides ample evidence of this flawed approach, and is the source of enduring pessimism about […]

Work

Troubling conditions in the labor market have persisted as Americans continue to feel the effects of the Great Recession. The labor force participation rate shows little improvement – especially for men in their prime working years – and is cause for serious concern. In such a time of need, poorly designed government policies have only […]

Federal Budget

The size and scope of the federal government has grown steadily in the last half-century with the expansion of spending and new federal programs. Today’s federal budget is far different than it was five decades ago. The proportion of mandatory spending to discretionary spending has essentially flipped. In 1965, mandatory spending represented 26 percent of […]

Criminal Justice Reform

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world with approximately 700 out of 100,000 people in jail or prison, but it is not clear that high incarceration rates necessarily translate to lower crime rates. With such high rates of incarceration, projections indicate that by 2020 federal prisons will crowd out crime-prevention […]

Health Care

From the moment President Obama signed Obamacare into law in March 2010, the American people have remained skeptical of the president’s perpetually unpopular program. Polling continues to show approval for Obamacare underwater, and it’s no surprise. Despite promises that their premiums would fall, America’s families have experienced double-digit premium increases. Despite promises that they could […]

Taxes

In his book as part of the Room To Grow series, Ryan Ellis identifies four fundamental flaws that beset America’s current tax code and offers principled, practical solutions to reform the system. First, our business tax code is a barrier to growth, replete with tax rates that are among the highest in the developed world, […]