Basics

Most of the issues facing our country are multi-faceted and extraordinarily complex. Insert politics into the equation, and the complexity increases exponentially. In order to understand these policy issues and the various perspectives around them, members of Congress, the public, industry and nonprofits must first have a basic knowledge that is rooted in fact. With our Basics series, Center Forward presents complicated issues in a non-partisan and easy-to-understand manner that provides decision makers with alternative viewpoints.


View the PDF version Overview Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, Congress has delayed, reinstated, and in some cases attempted to repeal altogether three main taxes written into the law: the health insurance tax (HIT),…

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View the PDF version. Overview In much of the recent coverage of the country’s fiscal situation, the terms “deficits” and “national debt” are used interchangeably by policymakers and the media, even though they mean very different things. What’s the Deficit?…

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View the PDF Version Overview The cannabis industry is rapidly growing across the United States. As of June 25, 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis medically, and 11 states have legalized it recreationally. In 2017,…

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View the PDF version Overview Medicaid provides quality healthcare to over 75 million people in the United States, covering one in five low-income Americans. While the federal government requires states to cover certain populations and services, states have flexibility in…

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View the PDF version. Overview The uncertainties and complexities of a looming Brexit bring potential complications for Ireland as a result of the close proximity and friendly trade relations with the United Kingdom. Despite the negative impacts of England leaving…

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View the PDF version. US Foreign Direct Investment Ireland is an attractive destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), particularly from the United States. According to Industrial Development Authority (IDA), currently there are over 160,000 people directly employed in over 760…

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View the PDF version. Introduction Conflict in Northern Ireland has resulted from differing political and religious beliefs for generations. The partition of Ireland in May of 1921 left Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom. As a result, the country…

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View the PDF version Overview Agricultural genomics uses technology to study and classify the genes of plants in order to develop new, specific varieties of crops. These new crops can help address various food problems around the world and can…

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View the PDF version. Overview In the United States, women earn less than men in nearly every single occupation regardless of one’s qualification. This gap can be explained by many measurable factors such as educational attainment, occupational segregation, and work…

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View the PDF version. Overview Medicare provides critical health care to about 60 million Americans today, including seniors and people with disabilities. Established in 1965 under the Social Security Act, it was set up to provide health insurance to individuals…

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View the PDF version. Overview Franchises make up a large part of the American economy. Parties involved in a franchising agreement include the franchisor, someone that establishes the brand’s trademark or trade name and a business system; and the franchisee,…

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View the PDF version Overview Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is a process that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from sources such as coal-fired power plants and either reuses or stores it so it will not enter the atmosphere….

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