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PowerLinks 07.06.16

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How to Lead a New National War on Poverty
Linda Gibbs and Robert Doar, Washington Monthly

When New York City launched its war on poverty in 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg began a city-wide campaign the likes of which no other city, state or the federal government had seen in decades.

Reform Government First, Cut Taxes Later
The American Interest

Enthusiasm for state-level tax cuts is on the wane nationwide as legislators and governors behold the budgetary carnage that doctrinaire Tea Party policies have wrought in Kansas and Louisiana, two states once touted as exemplars of starve-the-beast governance.

The Fining of Black America
Dan Kopf, Priceonomics

Among the fifty cities with the highest proportion of revenues from fines, the median size of the African American population—on a percentage basis—is more than five times greater than the national median.

Majority of Economists Surveyed Are against the Universal Basic Income
Veronique De Rugy, The Corner

When asked if “Granting every American citizen over 21-years old a universal basic income of $13,000 a year — financed by eliminating all transfer programs (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, housing subsidies, household welfare payments, and farm and corporate subsidies) — would be a better policy than the status quo,” 58 percent of the IMG Economic Experts panel at Chicago Booth disagreed or strongly disagreed, while 19 percent of them were uncertain, and only 2 percent agreed.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).