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State of Health Care Reform, Tax Subsidies

A new "State of the States" report by State Coverage Initiatives, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation surveys recent state efforts to expand health insurance coverage. Rising hopes bode well for additional reforms in other states, but the report cautions that because of variations in each state, particular reforms are not always easily replicable in other states.

Good Jobs First has released a report on how state tax subsidies in the Chicago region encourage sprawl and favor more affluent suburbs at the expense of poorer communities, a followup study to similar results found in reports on sprawl in the Twin Cities and in Michigan.