Brian Wakamo

Brian Wakamo

Brian Wakamo is a researcher on the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Rather than the story of a Postal Service facing dire financial straits, it is time we see the Postal Service for what it really is: a well-loved public institution that has risen to every challenge and innovated its way to new services even in the face of an unprecedented congressional mandate. (Photo: Ron Doke/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it
In 2006, Congress passed a law that imposed extraordinary costs on the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) required the USPS to create a $72 billion fund to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies...
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A customer pays for a bag of cherry tomatoes with EBT tokens at a farmers market. Views
Sunday, July 07, 2019
We Have the Money to Fix Our Food System
Poverty is expensive, but fixing it doesn't have to be—at least not compared to the status quo.
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"In some places, annual interest rates for these lenders average over 500 percent." (Photo: John Donges ) Views
Friday, May 18, 2018
The Post Office as an Alternative to Shady Private Banks
Millions of Americans live in “banking deserts,” without adequate access to brick and mortar banks and the services they provide. Rural and poor communities, where local banks left town thanks to the recession or the big banks buying them out, are especially affected. Often it’s risky payday...
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