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USA – Itemizing on State and Federal Tax Income Returns: It’s (Now More) Complicated (David Weiner, Urban Institute)

A taxpayer’s decision to itemize deductions or to claim the standard deduction on their income tax return is often framed as a simple calculation: Claim the greater of the two so as to minimize tax liability. But in states that require taxpayers to use the same status on their state income tax return as on […]

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USA – Advancing Results through Leadership Development: Reflections on Technical Assistance for the Promise Neighborhoods Program (Anand Sharma, Urban Institute)

Over the past decade, communities nationwide have used federal Promise Neighborhoods grants to develop cradle-to-career solutions, or “pipelines,” to produce better results for children and youth. Although their communities, populations, and circumstances are unique, Promise Neighborhoods grantees share a common approach (being driven by data and evidence and fostering deep collaboration) and a common aspiration […]

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USA/TECHNOLOGY/GOVERNMENT – How Technology Can Improve Government (Urban Institute)

Technological advancements continue to redefine how the world operates. How can government take advantage of technological innovations to improve their services and help American citizens? Host Justin Milner speaks with Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America, and Urban Institute data scientist Alena Stern about how government can put real people at the center of policy design to better meet […]

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USA – Creating Lasting Change through Community Leadership (Urban Institute)

An old East Coast port city building community trust and redefining its image. A rural Kentucky county opening new doors for families. A Bay Area city cultivating local leaders to drive long-term change. These three places may look different—by geography, by demographics, by culture, by opportunities—but they all have something in common: residents who love […]