Reports On The Overpaid Public Employee Myth, State Corporate Income Taxes, and More

Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee - This Economic Policy Institute analysis demonstrates that state and local public employees are under compensated. On average, state and local government workers receive 3.75 percent less compensation than comparable private sector employees. On top of that, the benefits public employees receive do not offset the lower wage rate.

The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees in New England - In New England, when age and education are factored in, state and local workers actually earn less, on average, than their private-sector counterparts, according to this study by the Center on Economic Policy Research and the Political Economy Research Institute. And while while state and local workers on average receive more higher non-wage benefits than private-sector workers, the difference only reduces the wage penalty for the average state and local government worker but do not offset the lower base pay.

From Poverty to Prosperity - With new data likely to show spikes in poverty levels due to the recession, Demos Public Works has worked with anti-poverty advocates to create a new resource to help advocates create a new narrative in our country about the causes of poverty and the ways we can help build prosperity in our communities. The goal is to help communicators avoid unproductive approaches that misdirect and “trap” audiences into unproductive thinking and instead evoke the ways we are connected to one another and can use government to help shape an economy to meet common goals.

Cutting State Corporate Income Taxes Is Unlikely to Create Many Jobs - Noting the importance of state corporate income taxes to funding needed public services and infrastructure critical to long-term economic growth, this report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities details how proposals to cut corporate tax rates are unlikely to help economic or job growth.

To Avoid Looming Tax Increases for Employers and Likely Benefit Cuts for Unemployed Workers, Moratorium on State Interest Payments to Federal UI Trust Fund Needs to Be Extended - This Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report outlines the need for Congressional action to keep the burden on employers lower by maintaining the moratorium on state interest payments.

Young Adults and Higher Education: Barriers and Breakthroughs to Success - This National Poverty Center report examines strategies designed to help at-risk students remain in college and recommends reform in remedial education, support services and financial aid.

“Made in NY” a High-Value Label - Highlighting the continuing importance of manufacturing in state economies, this Rockefeller Institute report finds that products made in New York generate comparatively high levels of wages and spin-off economic activity. In economic terms, the wealth created and added to the economy through manufacturing processes represented 52.7 percent of the total value of products shipped from New York in 2008.


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