Original Reporting

Original Reporting | By Craig Gurian | Freedom of information, NYC, Policing
Court settlement directs NYPD to provide Remapping Debate with copies of protest permit records previously withheld from us, and to pay our attorney's fees. But data provided so far is incomplete and fight will continue over Department's claim of having no records for key periods (including 1967 to 1969, a time of extensive protest). More
Original Reporting | By Kevin C. Brown | Education, Employment
The public sector can't match the money of finance, consulting, or tech, but it can take a page from their recruiting playbooks. More
Original Reporting | By Meade Klingensmith | Corporations, Taxes
If the U.S. barred companies from deferring taxes on overseas profits, the sky, it turns out, would not fall. And the change would not result in "double taxation," either. More
Original Reporting | By Mike Alberti | Citizenship, Corporations, Politics
American-based corporations, though they claim many of the rights and benefits of American citizenship, are reluctant to acknowledge that they owe corresponding national obligations, Remapping Debate has found. According to scholars and historians, that state of affairs is historically new and represents a fundamental disjunction between how individuals and corporations perceive the rights and duties of citizenship. More
Original Reporting | By Samantha Cook, By Meade Klingensmith | Legislation, Open government
How have recent developments affected the views of Senators on filibuster reform? Where do they stand now? They certainly have thought about the issue, haven't they? Well, it's really hard to get them to put their cards on the table. More
Original Reporting | By Kevin C. Brown | Alternative models, Infrastructure, Transportation
The ticket to getting widespread transit adoption in U.S. cities? Invest in convenient service upfront. The riders will follow. More
Original Reporting | By Meade Klingensmith | Aging, Poverty, Social Security
The evidence we have pieced together through additional probing suggests that for those aged 45 to 54, there is a range of policy options — beyond the fatalistic prescription to “just work longer” — that has the potential to materially enhance retirement security, if adopted quickly. For those aged 55 to 64 the outlook is bleaker, though temporary increases in Social Security payments targeted to that group (or its poorest members), or an expansion of anti-poverty programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), could, if enacted, ameliorate the worst of the anticipated impacts on the poorest retirees. Despite the availability of a potential solution for the 45- to 54-year-old group and of an improved safety net for the 55- to 64-year-old group, no one we spoke with suggested that the political will to effect such changes exists today. More
Original Reporting | By Mike Alberti, By Kevin C. Brown | Alternative models, History
As “market values” have replaced “social values,” they've driven a once-popular policy idea out of favor. Not coincidentally, the prevailing American concept of citizenship has come to de-emphasize participation and mutual obligation. More