Worker Exploitation in Katrina's Aftermath, Corporate Subsidies, and the Consequences of the Geographic Concentration of Poverty

Human misery for some is a business opportunity for others, especially if those businsesses are willing to abuse workers they employ, as a new study, Rebuilding After Katrina, details. According to the study by the Payson Center at Tulane, large numbers of workers engaged in the rebuilding lacked needed protective safety equipment, were paid less than promised by contractors, and most had no medical insurance.

In Subsidies in the News, Good Jobs First highlights some of the big tax subsidies used by states to try to lure companies to their states, highlighting how states are pitted against each other in bidding away tax revenue in the scramble to attract new business plants.

At the US Conference of Mayors, Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution highlighted the concentration of 40% of the nation's poor within 2,500 high-poverty neighborhoods. Unfortunately, racial discrimination and a lack of affordable housing in suburban areas prevents inner-city residents from reaching jobs available outside those neighborhoods.