The Ghost of Lehman Brothers Still Haunts Georgetown Aditya Pande from Roosevelt @ Georgetown and Alan Smith on Salon  The ghost of Lehman Brothers is still haunting colleges and universities around the country, continuing to extract money from institutions even though the financial firm itself is long dead.  The effects of this financializaton at Georgetown

Jennifer Kim, pulling on her work with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, argues that local governments are more adept at collaborating that state government accounts for. Intergovernmental collaboration is not a foreign concept to municipalities: examples include massive insurance pools birthed from COGs that bring together over 500 municipalities just in Illinois; a municipality-led joint-purchasing initiative so successful

Progress Illinois highlights the NextGen Illinois agenda created by Roosevelt and Young Invincibles. The agenda crowdsourced ideas from thousands of young people in the state of Illinois. Ahead of Rauner’s first State of the State address back in February, Young Invincibles and the student-run Roosevelt Institute Campus Network released a 10-item, Millennial-driven policy platform developed

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Brenna Conway details how Governor Rauner’s 2015 budget plan is not in line with what young Illinoisians want. Young people in Illinois are both aware and concerned about the future of our state. Over several months last year, hundreds of students and young workers came together through the NextGen Illinois project to discuss ways to improve employment,

Rachel Reimenschneider, critiquing Illinois Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address, cite the importance of young people in building a stronger state. While Rauner’s concern for keeping Illinois competitive with neighboring states was undeniable, the issues most important to the state’s young people, such as the environment, scarcely were mentioned. Read more in the State

Emily Cerciello argues that Millennials’ documented civic mindset positions them well to tackle our most pressing healthcare issues. To truly change the industry, we must improve both public and private mechanisms of organizing, financing, and delivering care. Millennials understand this intricate public-private relationship and are able to create change by entering through both doors. This

Brit Bryd argues that New York City can solve its congestion problems and raise new revenue through changes in local policy. At its core, congestion pricing operates with one simple mechanism: attaching a higher cost to the activity of driving into the city center. Parking is an inherent cost associated with driving – and not

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Galvanizing a new generation to participate in making public policy Policymakers, academics, and civic leaders emphasize the need to engage youth in the policy process to address the country’s seemingly intractable social challenges. The first and largest student-run policy organization in the United States, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, enables that engagement. The Network brings

Roosevelt’s Director of its national network Joelle Gamble wrote in The Hill: Young people today are growing increasingly distrustful of institutions, including political parties. According to data from the Pew Research Center, Americans aged 18 to 33 are significantly more likely to identify as political independents than other generations. We still see the potential for government to provide