Making Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

2008 Session Roundups: Missouri

Missouri's legislative session was largely a repeat of last year - the best that can be said is that some particularly bad bills failed to pass. Unfortunately, others did.  The state passed a particularly regressive immigration bill, but failed to take action on voter ID legislation.  Beyond those issues the session mostly played out as a

2008 Session Roundups: Iowa

In a solid session of achievement, the Iowa legislature made significant progress on expanding health care coverage, expanding public school and pre-K funding, advancing clean energy proposals, protecting veterans and students, taking on foreclosure abuses, expanding workers' rights, and improving the integrity of state ballots.  However, the session was marked by a few significant setbacks, including the governor's veto of a major labor rights bill.

Stopping Profiteering in "Not-for-Profit" Hospitals

Stopping Profiteering in "Not-for-Profit" Hospitals

Thursday, April 10th, 2008


Research Roundup

Rising Inequality: In a state-by-state analysis of rising income inequality, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that since the late 1990s, incomes of the bottom fifth of families has declined by 2.5% among the bottom fifth of families, even as the top fifth has seen a 9.1% increase.  In recent years, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Connecticut and Indiana have seen the greatest increases in income inequality.

Immigration Policy in the States- Mid-session Developments

Immigration Policy in the States- Mid-session Developments

Thursday, March 27th, 2008


Research Roundup

With a new website, Truth in Immigration,  the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has created a national clearinghouse for refuting immigration falsehoods that seeks to "refute legal and factual inaccuracies about immigrants and/or Latinos."

Health-Care-for-All On the Installment Plan

Incremental steps to improve the health care system can lay the foundation for comprehensive reform that provides health care for all. Comprehensive reforms enacted in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and San Francisco were, in large part, the result of pragmatic incremental steps those states had already taken. For example, a Families USA report discusses the many reforms Massachusetts put in place over the years that led to its comprehensive 2006 reform. Not every state is as far along in moving comprehensive health care reform, but each state does have numerous options for increasing access to coverage, reducing the growth of health care costs, and improving the quality of care.