False stereotypes harm people in poverty

Politicians promote misconceptions to build support for punitive approaches to programs that help people in poverty pay for food, receive medical care and find housing.

How do we measure poverty?

The official poverty threshold is equal to three times the cost of a minimum food diet in 1963, adjusted for family size. Is it an adequate measure?

Opportunity Zones: Will this time be different?

The history of place-based economic development is not particularly encouraging. When tax incentives are employed, they can be poorly targeted, reducing the tax liability of the prosperous while conferring little benefit on people in need.

A different growth model

Rochester has a number of nonprofit business incubators designed to assist fledgling firms. Now, two for-profit businesses—Innovative Solutions and Envative—are getting into the game.

Corruption matters

Corruption—legal and illegal—undermines faith in government. Public officials often dismiss small ethical lapses, but that paves the way for worse misconduct with bigger consequences.

Saving laser research

It was only a few months ago that the University of Rochester’s Laser Lab was uncertain about its future. Now, it has joined eight other high-intensity laser facilities tasked with restoring the nation’s competitive edge in laser research.

RIT’s decisive moment

This year marks a half-century since RIT relocated from downtown to Henrietta. What began as a move born of necessity paved the way to realize a more modern, progressive vision for the institute.