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.


Aug 04, 2016

New Video Chronicles Weldon Angelos’s Release, Highlights Need for Criminal Justice Reform

Video includes never-before-seen footage of Weldon Angelos, his family and others who fought tirelessly for his release.

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Aug 01, 2016

Charles Koch: We’re Working to Unite Americans and Create Opportunity for All

Arlington, VA – In remarks to an audience of approximately 400 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Charles Koch laid out his vision for advancing a free society, and creating more…

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Jul 31, 2016

Lessons from Venezuela, as Told by a Venezuelan

What does socialism look like in the real world? Cronyism. Inequality. Poverty. Despair. Human suffering on an immense scale. That’s the answer that Freedom Partners member — and Venezuela native — Erick Brimen…

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Jul 08, 2016

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

This morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the unemployment rate for June 2016 was 4.9 percent and that the economy added 287,000 jobs, while the amount of…

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Jun 28, 2016

Freedom Partners’ Koenig Discusses Occupational Licensing on “Full Measure”

Freedom Partners Senior Policy Advisor Andy Koenig discussed the impact of occupational licensing laws on a recent episode of Full Measure, a weekly Sunday television news program. “Millions of people, according to…

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Jun 24, 2016

Kentucky Knocks Down Occupational License Requirement

In states and communities across the United States, occupational licenses—government permission slips to work—are barriers to entering the workforce, oftentimes affecting entry-to-mid-level professions. This week Kentucky knocked…

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Jun 13, 2016

Senators Johnson and Alexander Take a Stand For Workers

U.S. Senators Ron Johnson and Lamar Alexander are taking a stand for workers and businesses by fighting against the Obama administration’s harmful overtime rule. The senators, chairmen of two key…

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Jun 09, 2016

New Overtime Rule Facing Criticism From All Sides

The Obama administration’s new overtime rule, the latest example of this administration’s executive overreach, is being criticized from all sides. From non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross, to…

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Jun 07, 2016

Using the Congressional Review Act to Curb Presidential Overreach

As the final days of a presidential administration draw near, there is often a mad rush to move federal regulations (or rules) out the door and avoid the possibility of having Congress…

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Jun 07, 2016

Administration’s Overtime Rule Will Stifle Jobs and Opportunity

Congress Should Use Every Tool at its Disposal to Block These Regulations Arlington, VA — Freedom Partners today is urging Congress to use every tool at its disposal, including a resolution of disapproval…

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