In a major new report on transit, A Better Way to Go, the US PIRG Education Fund highlights
the environmental, economic and quality-of-life gains that increased
investments in public transit can yield. The report emphasizes that
such investments can play a major role in reducing dependence on
foreign oil and global warming emissions.
ACORN has just released a policy options report
for state legislators on how to deal with the foreclosure crisis that
includes policies to not only deal with the current crisis, but also
work to prevent the crisis from happening again in the future.
A new Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) report, The Decline in African-American Representation in Unions and Manufacturing, 1979-2007,
details how the decline in manufacturing has disproportionately hurt
African Americans, cutting them off from a rich source of well-paying,
unionized jobs. Adding to the problem of declining manufacturing jobs
has been the drop in unionization rates within remaining manufacturing
In a ground-breaking report, Getting Ahead or Losing Ground: Mobility in America, the Economic Mobility Project
found that widening gaps in higher education between those coming from
rich and poor families as well as disparities between white and
minority children, are leading to a downturn in opportunities for the
poorest families. Only 11 percent of children from the poorest families
have earned college degrees in recent years, trapping most of them in
the lowest income brackets in adulthood.
In a new report, Cities and Immigration: Local Policies for Immigrant-Friendly Cities, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy
has prepared a systematic guide for cities looking to design inclusive
policies to incorporate immigrants fully into local economies and raise
living standards for all residents, from prohibiting the collection of
information on immigration status by local agencies to enacting living
wage laws to supporting workers centers for day laborers to expanding
health care for residents to providing legal advice to immigrants
looking to become citizens.
of expanding state funds for unemployment insurance and other local
funding that would help working families, President Bush is still
locked into an ideology that prefers tax giveaways to business, as the Drum Major Institute argues in their analysis of this year's State of the Union address.
Like too many
property tax relief programs, the tax savings from the Florida "Save
Our Homes" program, which may be expanded by a vote next Tuesday, have
gone overwhelmingly to the richest state residents according to a new report to be published in the Journal of Real Estate Research. The result has been a tax bonanza for owners of multi-million dollar homes. Similarly, a new study by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
argues that property tax cut proposals by Georgia political leaders
would come at the expense of working families who would likely see
higher sales taxes even as richer residents would see tax cuts.