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Research Roundup 3/30: 100 Years of Opposition to Minimum Wage, Ranking States on Online Access to Spending Data, Medicaid Expansion, and More

Following the Money 2013: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data [U.S. PIRG]
"This report, U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s fourth annual evaluation of state transparency websites, finds that states are closer than ever before to meeting the standards of 'Transparency 2.0' -- encompassing, one-stop, one-click checkbook transparency and accountability."

Consider the Source: 100 years of Broken Record Opposition to the Minimum Wage [National Employment Law Project and the Cry Wolf Project]
This report "chronicles the history of unchanging sky-is-falling rhetoric by business interests opposed to minimum wage laws. The report is a comprehensive analysis based on decades of congressional hearing testimony, archives of leading business organizations and newspaper archives. It includes a detailed chronology of a century of standard opposition arguments."

Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act [Kaiser Family Foundation]
"This March 2013 Visualizing Health Policy infographic looks at how expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will impact low-income and uninsured people, and how these groups will be affected in states that do not expand the program."

What the Public Really Thinks About Guns [Center for American Progress]
"In this issue brief -- co-authored by a bipartisan team of pollsters who have each conducted public-opinion research on attitudes toward guns in recent years -- we hope to set the record straight and provide tools for polling outlets and reporters going forward."

Election Legislation 2013: Threats and Opportunities Assessment [Project Vote]
This report "analyzes all of the voting related bills introduced, passed, or rejected across the country in the first quarter of 2013, and finds that the recent trend towards disenfranchisement continues.... 30 states introduced laws that restrict voting. While the lawmakers’ continued focus on voter restrictions is disturbing, the report also finds a groundswell of support for ways to protect and improve access to the democratic system."

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(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Read the full Dispatch here or Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)