Heinz Voices

A mix of opinion, politics, and policy, Heinz Voices is where you can find columnists talking about the issues of the day as only a Heinz student can. Smart, thoughtful commentary, interesting policy ideas, and perhaps a soupçon of the quantitative chops that Heinz College loves.

Preparing for the Flood – Puerto Rico and Internal Displacement in the United States

Preparing for the Flood – Puerto Rico and Internal Displacement in the United States

By William Brown In the wake of two devastating hurricanes, the United States finds itself facing a true humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. According to StatusPR, electricity access is currently just over 20%. Only 50% of cell towers have been repaired, and just over half of all hospitals are operating...

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Dinner With a Side of Data

Dinner With a Side of Data

By Henry Yelin Tech has infiltrated every aspect of our lives: Uber has displaced taxi cabs, AirBnB has transformed hotels, and Amazon has started to crush brick-and-mortar retailers. While disruption has uprooted countless industries, it has had a limited impact – so far – on the hospitality industry....

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Considerations for the United States in North Korea

Considerations for the United States in North Korea

By Alton Lu Ensuring security, promoting peace, and spreading influence across the world have been cornerstones of every American president’s foreign policy initiatives. However, North Korea has challenged these goals since the 1950s, and it has become difficult to deal with the competing objectives...

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The Global Liberal Counter-Revolutions and What They Mean for Democracy

The Global Liberal Counter-Revolutions and What They Mean for Democracy

– By Taylor Horn The field of political theory (my previous major) spends a great deal of time discussing the distinction between democracy and liberalism. When I was first introduced to this divide, it seemed a distinction without a difference; the phrase “liberal democracy” is so common that...

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Difficulties in Estimating Marijuana Tax Revenues

Difficulties in Estimating Marijuana Tax Revenues

– By Steven Davenport. Now that cannabis has been legalized in Washington and Colorado, residents are not just happy with getting a legal high: they also want it to bring in tax revenues. Just how much money cannabis can bring into state coffers has, until recently, been a matter of abstract forecasting. Retail...

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Publicly Provided Child Care in New York City

Publicly Provided Child Care in New York City

– By Meagan McElroy Although the municipal government of New York City administers the “largest publicly-funded child care system in the country,” this system, perhaps necessarily considering the city’s seemingly never-ending budget crises, imposes numerous standards upon those residents...

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