The Opportunity Zone Program: What 2019 Has Taught Us, with Timothy Weaver


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Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced a bill on Nov. 22 to repeal the now controversial Opportunity Zone Program. Other politicians, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, have begun criticizing the tax incentive following reports from The New York Times and other media outlets on the high-profile beneficiaries of the program.

We first spoke with political scientist Timothy Weaver last winter on the program and his major concerns with its potential repercussions. We’ve invited Weaver back to the series to share his insights on what 2019 revealed about the provision's effects on American cities and which of his predictions have already come true.

Weaver is an assistant professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, where his studies place-based tax incentives and their investment outcomes. He is the author of ‘Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom’ (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).

We'll also be releasing a second episode featuring Weaver next week ahead of the UK's General Election on Dec. 12. We spoke with Weaver about the most contentious issues on the political agenda as well as the sticking points preventing a final deal on Brexit.

You can tune in to that conversation on Monday. We'll see you next week.

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