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Cracking Down on Misclassification of Workers-- And Raising Tax Revenue

Cracking Down on Misclassification of Workers-- And Raising Tax Revenue

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

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Low-Income Tax Relief, California Health Care and Public Financing in Washington

Low-Income Tax Relief, California Health Care and Public Financing in Washington

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Aiding States to Stimulate the National Economy & New Models for Health Care Reform - WI and WA

Aiding States to Stimulate the National Economy & New Models for Health Care Reform - WI and WA

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Research Roundup

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.

Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Progress Amidst Conflict: California and Illinois Wrap up Sessions

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

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California Legislative Roundup: Legislature's Gains Muted by Governor's Veto Pen

The breadth of issues addressed by the California Legislature was impressive as legislative leaders moved aggressively on the environment and clean energy, education, workplace family issues, and health care. However, because of the Governor's veto pen and the minority party's ability to block revenue bills with just one-third of the vote, the extent of the progress the Legislature made on these issues was far less than it could have been.

Defining Health Care Down

In states across the country, progressive leaders are stepping up to discuss how to achieve universal coverage for health care. At the same time, many on the Right are trying to define "health care coverage" to mean bare-bones care with often unaffordable cost-sharing for individuals and families.

OR: The beginnings of a universal health care bill

Calling it the "first step on a very, very long journey," State Senator Alan Bates, who co-chairs Oregone's Senate Commission on Health Care Access and Affordability, said the commission will draft a bill for the 2007 Legislature that will "make Oregon the first state to provide universal health care with a system to contain costs." While the proposal has been broadly described by the Commission, important details and questions remain.