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Job Pirates of the Suburbs, Poverty, Challenges Facing Young Families, and Education Post-Katrina

What's sadder than cities subsidizing rich corporations with fat tax breaks? How about suburbs paying to move jobs around the same metro area, as Good Jobs First documents in a new study on "job piracy" in the Twin Cities Metro Area, a trend that wastes taxpayer money and deepens economic inequality. A parallel study by Brookings on Michigan found that economic subsidies were encouraging sprawl and wealthier communities at the expense of existing central cities.

The Brookings Institution finds that for the first time, there are more poor residents in suburbs than in central cities -- one reason it is critical that we create greater integration of our metro regions to assure physical access to jobs for everyone.

In a series of reports, Demos has highlighted how shifts in the US economy are making it nearly impossible for young people to sustain families, build careers or grow assets in the same manner as previous generations.

The vast majority of the 200,000 Louisiana students displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita missed weeks or more of school -- and may never return to their original schools with the result being long-term academic problems, according to a new RAND study.