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Free college is not enough: The unavoidable limits of the Kalamazoo Promise

June 24, 2015, Timothy Ready

Continuing our series on the Kalamazoo Promise, Timothy Ready discusses the limits of free college in reducing economic and racial inequality.

  • In the News

    I think there’s a moral obligation to get a better handle on the condition of the poorest people in the country.

    August 30, 2014, Laurence Chandy, The Atlantic
  • In the News

    While the estimates we obtain vary, the fact that even some have millions of Americans living under $2 a day is alarming.

    August 27, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Slate
  • In the News

    If we measured poverty in the United States as if it was a developing country, we would conclude that no-one falls under the $2 threshold.

    August 26, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Financial Times
  • In the News

    The places that have high inequality almost by definition have a small middle class. There’s this crater in the middle; they’re trying to keep their cities affordable and livable for the middle class.

    April 6, 2014, Alan Berube, New York Times
  • Podcast

    America's War on Poverty Moves to the Suburbs

    January 22, 2014, Elizabeth Kneebone and Fred Dews

  • In the News

    When people think of poverty in America, they tend to think of inner city neighborhoods or isolated rural communities. But today, suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

    May 20, 2013, Elizabeth Kneebone, CNNMoney.com
  • In the News

    Often low- and moderate-income families need a way to cash their check, they need a way to pay their bills, they need a way to save for the future, and they’ve cobbled together an interesting mix of bank and non-bank services to do that that are often more expensive and more costly than they need to be.

    February 18, 2013, Michael Barr, The Economist
  • In the News

    It’s the biggest expansion of Medicaid in a long time, and the biggest ever in terms of adults covered. Although the federal government is on the hook for most of the cost, Medicaid on the whole is one of the biggest items in state budgets and the fastest growing. So there are some understandable concerns about the financial implications and how implementation would work.

    January 28, 2013, Mark B. McClellan, The Associated Press
  • In the News

    The number of people who are poor or near poor went from 81 million in 2000 to 107 million in 2010. This is like a quantum leap. It’s hard for me to understand why the nation’s decision makers don’t get up every day and recite that number every day when they’re looking in the mirror. We now have a third of our people who are poor or near poor.

    January 23, 2013, Bruce Katz, msnbc.com
  • In the News

    We're now having that frank public conversation about what do we want from government and how much do we want to pay for it.

    October 28, 2012, Tracy Gordon, CNN

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