Research Roundup: Misinformation on Photo ID, Bush Tax Cuts and More

Debunking Misinformation on Photo ID - Last week, the Brennan Center for Justice published this blog rebutting pro-voter ID claims made by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a Wall Street Journal op-edin late May.  Kobach’s points are systematically torn apart, revealing the fact that “his arguments are built on inaccuracies, unsupported allegations, and flawed reasoning.”

Lack of jobs, not lack of skills, explains underemployment rate - In this recent policy brief, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) argues that the undermployment rate is not a result of an unskilled workforce, but rather an an alarming lack of jobs. The author writes, “[t]he fact that the economy’s best-educated workers have seen a more than doubling in their underemployment rate is just one of many pieces of evidence suggesting that the anemic recovery reflects a general lack of job growth rather than a deficit of skills or education among its workers.”

Another Decade of Bush Tax Cuts Will Cost More than Twice as Much as the First Decade - In this report, the Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) finds that extending the Bush tax cuts even further will be a fiscal and economic disaster for the country. The first decade of Bush tax cuts cost the country over $2.5 trillion. In the analysis, CTJ concludes, “if Congress makes permanent the Bush tax cuts or extends them foranother decade, the cost will be $5.5 trillion. The tax cuts cost far more in future years than in the first decade because they were enacted piece-bypiece and slowly phased in during the first decade. Now that the tax cuts are fully phased in, any extension will naturally cost more revenue.”