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New analysis on income inequality & taxing the wealthy, transit & clean energy, life for immigrants in America & much more
PSN on April 23, 2009 - 11:33am
New analysis on income inequality and taxing the wealthy:
- Income Gaps Hit Record Levels In 2006, New Data Show Rich-Poor Gap Tripled Between 1979 and 2006 - Data from the the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows that the gap in after-tax incomes between households in the top 1 percent and those in the middle and bottom fifths are now the widest on record, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
- Raising State Income Taxes on High-Income Taxpayers - This report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities highlights how $8 billion in revenue could be raised if every state with a personal income tax enacted a 1 percent rate increase on households making more than $500,000 a year. The report also emphasizes that raising taxes, especially on the wealthiest households, is less harmful for the economy than cutting many types of services.
New transit and clean energy reports:
- Transportation investments and the labor market: How many jobs could be generated and what type? - This Economic Policy Institute brief calculates that a $100 billion investment in transportation infrastructure will generate $160 billion in output, over 1 million jobs, and reduce wage inequality by raising earnings for workers without college degrees and expanding the number of unionized jobs.
- Fact Sheet: How a "Climate Rebate" Would Work - To offset the costs to families of restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions, this Center for Budget and Policies Priorities fact sheet outlines a few options for delivering a tax rebate to almost all low-and moderate-income families without new bureaucratic structures and low administrative costs.
Life for immigrants in America:
- Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South - This report by the Southern Poverty Law Center finds that low-income Latinos in the South are routinely the targets of wage theft, racial profiling and other abuses driven by an anti-immigrant climate that harms all Latinos regardless of their immigration status. SPLC found that of 41% of respondents save they have experienced wage theft, with the number rising to an astonishing 80% in New Orleans.
- A Portrait of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States - According to this Pew Hispanic Research Center survey, undocumented immigrants are more geographically dispersed than in the past, more likely than U.S. born residents to live with a spouse and children, and 73% of the children of undocumented parents were born in the U.S. and are U.S. citizens- just some of the findings from the new report.
- Community Treasures: Contributions of Older Immigrants and Refugees - Project SHINE and the Center for Intergenerational Learning highlight the civic involvement and family care giving and leadership roles among immigrant elders in the Latino, Chinese, Liberian, Vietnamese, Somali, and Ethiopian communities.
New health care reports:
- Insuring All Americans Is a Critical Component of an Efficient, High Quality Health Care System - This report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities explains how universal health coverage would decrease the likelihood that individuals delay seeking care, make early detection and treatment of problems more feasible, reduce reliance on costly emergency room care, and also reduce underwriting if the system is designed well.
- Covering Health Issues - This source book by the Alliance for Health Reform is aimed at journalists and contains chapters with fast facts and background information for policy debates around health reform, health care costs, health care quality, employer-sponsored coverage, individual coverage, children's coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, disparities, public health and mental health.
- Key Health and Health Care Indicators by Race/Ethnicity and State - This updated fact sheet by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows variations across all 50 states and racial and ethnic groups for six key health and health care indicators such as mortality rates and number of uninsured.
Effects of race and changing gender on poverty and unemployment:
- Among college-educated, African Americans hardest hit by unemployment - While college-educated white workers still had a relatively low unemployment rate of 3.8% in March of this year, this snapshot by the Economic Policy Institute shows the rate for college-educated blacks was 7.2%—almost twice as high as the white rat and up 4.5% since March 2007 - emphasizing that education alone doesn't overcome racial disparities in who suffers during times of economic downturn.
- Changing Poverty and Changing Antipoverty Policies - In this survey of the changing factors effecting poverty since the 1970s, the Institute for Research on Poverty finds that racial disparities in poverty, changing gender roles and labor force participation by women means that policies need to focus on making work pay, helping parents balance work and family responsibilities, and raising the educational attainment of disadvantaged children.