Trump’s Policies: Tax Reform

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Lowering taxes, growing the economy, and creating more jobs were three of Donald Trump’s main promises during the campaign. [i] According to his official policy platform, Trump plans on using tax policy to achieve these three goals. The Trump administration envisions reducing taxes “across-the-board,” especially for the working class and…

India Voids the 500 and 1,000 Rupee Notes

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced a policy to reform India’s sizeable cash economy by voiding the two largest note denominations and enacting a plan to decrease the amount of notes in circulation, which will help to address India’s problems with “black money.” Modi’s plan was inspired by the European…

Trump’s Supreme Court

  By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Presidential nominations to the Supreme Court are heavily scrutinized given a justice’s direct role in influencing the nation’s legal precedent. Given that there is currently an open seat and three justices are in their late 70s or beyond, the next president could be nominating up to three potential judges.…

Paid Family Leave and the 2016 Election

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) Paid family leave policies are a standard in the developed world. According to an OECD study, however, the U.S. ranks dead last among developed countries offering paid leave policies to new parents.[1] In fact, only eight countries in the world do not offer paid leave for new parents, and the…

China, India, and Russia Limit the Legal Scope of NGO Activity

By Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) As independent watchdogs protecting citizens against governments and corporations, NGOs play a vital role in a maintaining a flourishing civil society. They provide information, deliver essential services, and advocate for equitable rights. NGOs balance society’s most powerful and checks the influence of powerful figures like China, India, and Russia. This…