New Economy

Winners (and Losers) in New York’s Plan to Make College Free
by J. Gabriel Ware 
The first-in-the-nation scholarship program would serve about 1.5 million full-time students. But there are downsides.
In Berlin, a Model for Creative and Affordable Housing
by Sarah van Gelder
Cities with vibrant arts, music, and social scenes are being hit hard by gentrification. But Berlin’s “co-housing culture” shows that a city’s future doesn’t have to go that way.
Extractive Economy Jobs Are Not the Good Jobs Tribes Were Promised
by Mark Trahant
After the construction phase of the Keystone XL, only 35 employees would be needed to operate the pipeline.
Stereotyping Appalachians Feeds Only the Coal Industry
by Nick Mullins
As a fifth-generation coal miner, I see the region’s Trump signs and pro-coal stickers as symbols of defense against a world that views us as lesser.
How to Reinflate the Dream of College-for-All
by Valerie Schloredt
Financial aid doesn’t work unless we’re honest about costs.
No Rural-Urban Divide Here: We All Want Good Jobs and Strong Local Economies
by David Korten
Local control is a foundational conservative principle—but progressives also embrace it.
Promises to Coal Country Aside, Trump’s Budget Cuts Will End an Economic Lifeline
by James Trimarco
The Appalachian Regional Commission helps to create jobs and improve economic fortunes of “distressed counties” in West Virginia and Kentucky.
How to Keep Businesses (and Small Towns) Alive When Owners Retire
by Kaela Bamberger
In Kansas, a new matchmaking service is helping transition small businesses to new hands. Could it be a model for the rest of rural America?
The Way Toward Single-Payer Health Care—Even With This Congress
by Mark Trahant
It’s likely that the Trump-Ryan failure will push state legislatures to consider expanding Medicaid—putting even more people under the public insurance system.
ING Bank Just Divested Their DAPL Financing—We All Helped to Change Their Mind
by Sarah van Gelder
Last month, bank officials met face to face with leaders of the Standing Rock Sioux, and this week they announced the bank had sold the loan at the request of tribal leaders.
The Superrich Have Profited From a Broken System—And Their Money Alone Won’t Fix It
by David Korten
Giving back requires humility. It will be a true test of learning new skills.
The Cuts in Trump’s Budget You Haven’t Heard About
by James Trimarco
While national outrage is focused on Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, tiny agencies helping communities that teeter on the edge of poverty would also disappear.
Small-Scale Farming Could Restore America’s Rural Towns
by Sarah van Gelder
Although many people in these struggling regions voted for the new president, his cynical answers will not bring them prosperity. But I saw what could.
How the Neighborhood That Inspired “The Wire” Is Pulling Its Residents Out of Poverty
by Cecilia Garza, Araz Hachadourian
When large institutions like universities and hospitals agree to hire and spend locally, they can transform neighborhoods hardest hit by poverty and unemployment.
This Is the Real Success Story of the Affordable Care Act
by Mark Trahant
Government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare are efficient and reliable—and already cover 36 percent of Americans.