Research Roundup


The bad news on Wal-Mart's abuse of taxpayers keeps coming. New research by Citizens for Tax Justice and Change to Win shows that Wal-Mart used tax loopholes in escape $2.3 billion in state corporate income taxes between 1999 and 2005.   But the news is worse-- add in health care costs dumped on taxpayers and other scams, and WakeUpWal-Mart estimates that Wal-Mart is costing state taxpayers up to $2.5 billion EVERY YEAR.

Comparing the rise in residential construction permits to the official rise in residential affordable housing construction payroll employment, New York's Fiscal Policy Institute released a report estimating that two-thirds of workers in this sector are employed off-the-books or as independent contractors, encouraging low wages and illegal abuse of workers rights among such residential construction workers.

The Center for American Progress has released a report,  "Toxic Trains and the Terrorist Threat," on how rail transport of chlorine gas threatens our communities and how states can take action to expand chemical safety regulations to encourage less use of chlorine gas.