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Corporate Tax Dodges, Medical Malpractice Mythology, the Success of Clean Elections, and Local EITCs

Economic Development: In a boon to legislators and community leaders interested in local economic development, the book The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation, Good Jobs First's widely acclaimed 2005 book is now available in its entirety free on the web at www.greatamericanjobsscam.com. If you want to know what kinds of corporate deals rip off the taxpayers and how to design policies that create good jobs, this is a great place to start.

Health Care: One of the mantras of rightwing "health reformers" is that frivolous medical malpractice claims are one of the main drivers of health care costs. But a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine that analyzed 1,452 actual malpractice claims found that two-thirds were clearly caused by medical error and most of the rest were dismissed or resolved with no payment to the patient. The study's lead researcher, David Studdert of the Harvard School of Public Health, said the findings contradicts claims that the system is riddled with frivolous claims that lead to huge jackpots for meritless claims.

Clean Elections: According to a new study by the Institute on Money in State Politics, the percentage of candidates taking part in Arizona's publicly funded election system continued to increase in the 2004 elections and clean elections has been closing the gap between fund raising by challengers and incumbents.

Tax Policy to Promote Work: The Brookings Institution has a new report on how San Francisco's Working Families Credit, a local supplement to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, helps families and describes best practices for other jurisdictions considering similar programs.