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.

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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Progress through Policy: Technology in Kenya

Progress through Policy: Technology in Kenya

– By Nathan Jayappa Located deep in the rolling hills of the Kenyan Rift valley lies a picturesque county named Kericho. Lush with seemingly endless tea plantations, this county is the reason Kenya exports more tea than any other country in the world. For generations, farmers have grown tealeaves...

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A Waiting Game: Prioritizing Child Care in the U.S.

A Waiting Game: Prioritizing Child Care in the U.S.

– By Whitney Coble American families place a high priority on child care. In fact, 68% of Americans believe that the government or private sector should assist working parents by offering additional funding for child care. Currently, more than 15.3 million children under age six in the United...

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The Lawless Web

The Lawless Web

– By Taylor Horn The American news cycle has been flooded with issues of cyber and telecommunications spying for months—something I’ve already commented on here. Much of the public debate and outrage has held it impossible to comprehend how our intelligence agencies stepped so far over what...

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