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EDR, Paid Sick Days, Transportation Privatization, Economic Snapshot, Head Start

 

Want the simplest way to expand voter turnout?  Enact Election Day Registration (EDR), which increases turnout by 10 to 12 percentage points, according to a new report by Demos, which highlighted how widely successful EDR was in states that used it in the 2006 election.

Surveying 50 of the largest food service and retail companies in America, a new report by ACORN, Working Sick, Getting Stiffed, found that those companies provided paid sick days to only 22 percent of their employees-- meaning the people cooking your food and ringing up your purchases are regularly coming to work sick.  ACORN has also launched a new Paid Sick Days Campaign site supporting their legislative work for sick days legislation.

While there's a lot of noise about using new tolls and privatization of highways to pay for transportation in the states, a new report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) finds that such maneuvers can't cover the estimated $11 billion deficit states will face in transportation costs.

Helping states gauge their comparative economic conditions, the US Congress's Joint Economic Committee (JEC) has pulled together a state-by-state Economic Snapshot of costs facing middle class families, trends in state job markets, and changes in household income and poverty levels.  

The Brookings Institution highlights the payoffs from early investments in children in their report, Success by Ten, which proposes major expansions of Head Start and Early Head Start as a way to give all children a chance to succeed.

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