Caring for a newborn can be joyous.
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This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
Since there’s no romantic relationship, judges are likely to default to ruling that platonic marriages are an attempt to game the system.
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Because any two consenting adults can get married in the US, a platonic marriage could pretty easily be pulled off. Legally speaking, though, it’s a sham.
Parenthood in 2020 is perhaps tougher than usual.
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Single mothers need more of a break than they get under current laws.
Single-parent families are getting less paid leave but perhaps need more of it.
Forty percent of US babies are born to unmarried parents. But the new paid leave policy for most federal workers disadvantages single parents.
Unreliable policies can make poverty more stressful.
Medicaid and Medicare benefits appear safe for now. But SNAP food assistance and many other programs could be disrupted.
For decades, native-born American Jews changed their names to improve their job prospects.
The demographics of name change petitioners today – and the reasons that they give – tell a complicated story of race, class and culture.
Public health spending is an important factor in reducing inequality between households in Australia.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest analysis of the impact of government benefits and taxes on household income shows this reduces income inequality by more than 40% in Australia.
FDR’s New Deal helped end Depression-era lines like this one.
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A case before the Supreme Court could deal a major blow to unions, highlighting the need for leaders of business and labor to negotiate a new New Deal.
Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged.
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The Productivity Commission has just released a timely new working paper that sheds light on how Australia’s tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population both at a point…