Competing Visions: President Obama, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray, and House Progressives Release Budget Proposals  [National Priorities Project]
"National Priorities Project has released an updated Competing Visions, a side-by-side comparison of the Ryan, Murray and CPC budgets to include highlights of the Obama blueprint."
An Immigration Stimulus: The Economic Benefits of a Legalization Program  [Immigration Policy Center]
"As the legislative debate over immigration reform heats up, a central point of contention will be whether or not to create a pathway to legal status for all or most of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now living in the United States. In evaluating the pros and cons of a legalization program, it is important to keep in mind that legalization is not only a humanitarian act; it is also a form of economic stimulus."
Who Pays Taxes in America in 2013?  [Citizens for Tax Justice]
"Despite claims that the rich pay too much in taxes and that the poor pay little or nothing, the share of total federal, state and local taxes paid by Americans in each income group is very similar to the share of total income received by that group."
Interactive Map: The Preschool-Access Gap  [Center for American Progress]
"Across the country, states are leading the charge on early childhood education by making significant commitments to expand access to preschool. But no state is doing enough. Too many 3- and 4-year-olds are left out of state-funded pre-K programs. In fact, some states have no program at all. Among states with programs, the quality varies greatly, with many states failing to meet high-quality benchmarks."
Laws Affecting Reproductive Health and Rights: Trends in the First Quarter of 2013  [Guttmacher Institute]
"In 2013, as in recent years, state legislatures are devoting significant attention to issues related to reproductive health and rights. During the first three months of the year, legislators have introduced 694 provisions on these issues, and 93 have been approved by at least one legislative body."
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