Paul Tullis

Paul Tullis has covered business for The New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek. He is features editor of TakePart, a digital news magazine.

Recent Articles

Baby Money: Can Cash Allowances Help Young Brains Grow?

A groundbreaking new study looks at how reducing parents’ financial stress affects childhood brain development.

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(Shutterstock) Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. E ver since the election of a Republican majority in Congress in 1994, the trend in assistance to the poor has been to reduce it. Work requirements for recipients, time limits on assistance, and stricter eligibility conditions to receive food stamps were all part of the 1996 welfare reform overhaul signed by President Bill Clinton. The result was fewer kids receiving aid, and those who did received less money . In 2015, while 15 million American children, or about 21 percent, grow up in homes with incomes below the official poverty line—which many children’s policy experts maintain is set far too low—just 2.3 million of them received welfare benefits, down from a peak of 9.5 million in 1993. (The poverty rate was even higher in California.) But what if mothers in poverty received a cash handout...

Can California Go Single-Payer?

It may have the will, but does it have the wallet (and the will for the wallet)?

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AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Supporters of single-payer health care march to the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. I n February, California state Senators Toni Atkins and Ricardo Lara introduced Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act , a one-page law declaring “the intent of the Legislature to ... establish a comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage program and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state.” But perhaps most significantly for its political fate, the bill effectively banishes insurance companies from operating in the state, ensuring that this wealthy industry will do all in its power to kill single-payer in California—as it has successfully twice before. Announced as Congressional Republicans were strategizing to repeal and replace the...