Growing numbers of benefit companies pursue both purpose and profit

30 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation legally recognizing "triple bottom line" businesses. Among the many dozens of delivery vehicles that hit the streets of Portland, Oregon, every morning, B-Line’s colorful “cargo trikes” stand out. Looking something like pedicabs on steroids, the company’s electrically boosted but human-powered vehicles can haul up to 600 … Continue reading Growing numbers of benefit companies pursue both purpose and profit

One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better

Ban incumbents from campaigning against each other, says Sen. Joe Manchin, and require a five-day workweek. Earlier this spring, speculation was mounting that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin would be leaving the Senate to run for his former job as governor of West Virginia. Polls showed Manchin to be a heavy favorite, were he to become a candidate … Continue reading One Man’s Crusade to Make Congress Work Better

How to Fix High-Poverty High Schools

Affluent high schools have three things lower-income schools lack, says a new study. A recent report from the nonprofit Pell Institute found jaw-dropping disparities in college-going and college completion rates based on a student’s family income. Among students from households in the bottom income quartile (those earning less than $34,160 a year), just 45 percent go on … Continue reading How to Fix High-Poverty High Schools

A Practical Path Toward a Carbon Tax

Rep. John Delaney’s carbon tax plan would fund rebates for low-income families, help displaced coal workers and lower corporate tax rates. But its best virtue might be bipartisan appeal. In advance of global climate talks set to continue in Paris this November, the United States announced an ambitious goal last fall: to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent … Continue reading A Practical Path Toward a Carbon Tax