Opportunity for the Disadvantaged

Too many government policies have created barriers to economic opportunity in America, especially for the most disadvantaged. Consider the following:

  • Since 1980 federal spending on education has soared, but educational outcomes have remained stagnant, in large part because parents are forced to keep their children in underperforming schools.
  • The onslaught in recent decades of new criminal laws and mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent crimes has produced an explosion in the U.S. prison population, which often prevents offenders from finding meaningful opportunities upon their release.

It is impossible to expect strong economic growth and individual well-being while government policies are failing so many Americans. Increasing school choice and reforming the criminal justice system will create opportunities for millions of people.


Feb 15, 2017

Looking Back on Obama’s Economic Legacy

To ensure a better future, we must learn from the past. And, what better time than now, in the infancy of Trump’s presidency, to look back on the mistakes of the…

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Feb 03, 2017

Trillion-Dollar “Border Adjustment” Tax Increase Is Bad Politics, Even Worse Policy For American Consumers & The Economy

There are many components of pro-growth tax reform on which fiscal conservatives and free-market advocates can agree. Lowering rates across the board, broadening the base, and a simpler and flatter…

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Feb 03, 2017

Putting U.S. Unemployment Numbers in Context – January 2017

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for January 2017 was 4.8 percent and that the economy added 227,000 jobs. Added jobs are encouraging…

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Jan 27, 2017

2016 Advanced Release: Obama Presides Over Slowest Economic Growth Since Eisenhower (1.4%)

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released its first estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter of 2016, announcing that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized…

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Jan 23, 2017

School Choice Puts Students on the Path to a Brighter Future

Arlington, VA – A quality education is one of the most important things for the success and happiness of today’s children. Expanding school choice creates a level playing field for all children…

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Jan 06, 2017

Putting U.S. Unemployment Numbers in Context – December 2016

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for December 2016 was 4.7 percent and that the economy added 156,000 jobs. Added jobs are encouraging…

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Nov 04, 2016

Putting U.S. Unemployment Numbers in Context – October 2016

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for October 2016 was 4.9 percent and that the economy added 161,000 jobs. Added jobs are encouraging…

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Oct 26, 2016

Mark Holden to Participate in Baltimore Town Hall on how Criminal Justice Reform Can End the Divide in Local Communities

Arlington, VA — Freedom Partners Chairman and Koch Industries Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mark Holden will participate in a town hall event in Baltimore on October 27, 2016 hosted by Vote…

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Oct 07, 2016

Putting U.S. Unemployment Numbers in Context – September 2016

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for September 2016 was 5 percent and that the economy added 156,000 jobs. Despite strong job growth in…

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Sep 02, 2016

Putting U.S. Unemployment Numbers in Context – August 2016

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for August 2016 was 4.9 percent and that the economy added 151,000 jobs, while the number of…

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