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What Are People Saying About Tax Day?

April 15, 2014
Publication Image Happy Tax Day!

Another April 15th, come and gone, here's hoping you got a refund and saved a portion of it! There's been a surprising number of articles and opinion pieces swirling around Tax Day this year. We thought we'd highlight some that jumped out at us, here's a sampling:

Roth Accounts for Youth Savings

March 7, 2014
Publication Image While the notion of universal children’s savings continues to receive serious consideration at the highest levels of federal lawmaking, there is no formal plan on the table to promote CSAs and no guarantee that a plan will be adopted in the near future. Congress will need to consider a wide array of options before making a move on CSAs, a process that could take years. In the meantime, there continues to be a big gap in the financial-services marketplace for parents who want to save for their children.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Postal Banking

February 20, 2014
Publication Image The Weekly Wonk is a digital magazine and podcast from New America focused on the ideas and policy challenges that will shape our future. In this week's edition, Elliot Schreur from the Asset Building Program explains the dynamics and challenges around a recent proposal for the United States Postal Service to offer financial services.


February 11, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – New America’s Asset Building Program applauds the incoming Chair of the United States Senate Finance Committee, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), for his bold vision for tax reform and support for universal children’s savings accounts (CSAs).

Senator Ron Wyden Wants Children's Savings Accounts

February 10, 2014
Senator Ron WydenI want a tax code in America where everybody has a chance to get ahead, especially those don’t have much of a chance," said Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the incoming Chair of the Senate Finance Committee at a conference last Friday. That's a lovely sentiment, but how do you get there? Fortunately, Senator Wyden used his speech to USC's Gould School of Law and the Brookings-Urban Tax Policy Center to outline his vision for tax reform, and there's a great deal to like.

How to Make MyRA Better

February 6, 2014
MyRA Logo In the most recent issue of The Weekly Wonk, New America's weekly online magazine, Aleta Sprague explained the background of the President's new myRA plan and how it might help combat inequality, where the plan falls short, and how it can be made better:

If you weren’t listening closely, you might’ve missed it. President Obama declared another war last week – one with a familiar battlefield but shifting frontlines.

Who is myRA?

January 30, 2014
Publication Image No, not who, what. But it's still a valid question. When President Obama announced a new type of savings account during his State of the Union speech even he seemed unsure of how to pronounce it. (It is "my-R-A" a play off of "I-R-A", as in Individual Retirement Accounts).

The Weekly Wonk: State of the Union, Remixed

January 30, 2014
Wondering what to make of President Obama's 2014 State of the Union? Listen to our new SOTU track, a mashup of the president’s sound bites and policy analyst reactions to his biggest lines. You'll hear the voices of Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative; Lina Khan, Policy Analyst with the Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative; Justin King, Policy Director for the Asset Building Program; Alex Holt, Program Associate for the Education Policy Program; and Bailey Cahall, Policy Analyst for the National Security Program.

The Asset Building Program's Favorites of 2013

December 19, 2013
Publication Image The end of the year is traditionally a time for reflection, and everyone, everywhere on earth loves a listicle, so my colleagues and I decided to pull together a look back on the year that was for the Asset Building Program. Below you’ll find links to some of our favorite pieces of the year and the pieces that tiny elves (ok, Google Analytics) tell us were most popular with you, our readers.
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