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ACORN has just released a policy options report for state legislators on how to deal with the foreclosure crisis that includes policies to not only deal with the current crisis, but also work to prevent the crisis from happening again in the future.

Despite the conventional wisdom that immigrant voters are clustered in a few states, new research by the Brookings Institution shows both the wide ranging and rising impact of new immigrants on likely electoral outcomes in different states, as well as the diversity of the views and likely impacts by different immigrant communities.

As states discuss "cap-and-trade" auctioning of carbon credits as a way to reduce greenhouse emissions, the Center for American Progress report, Getting Credit for Going Green, cautions that poorly designed systems may do little to help the environment, so states need to consider how to combine mandatory reductions for ALL polluters, as well as specific financial incentives, including properly designed offsets, to achieve real benefits.

A two-tiered system of financial services, driven by the rising economic inequality in the United States, is ushering in a new era of de facto redlining, according to a new paper, Do Subprime Loans Create Subprime Cities? Surging Inequality and the Rise in Predatory Lending, from the Economic Policy Institute

Highlighting the problem of corporate tax giveaways, the Iowa Fiscal Partnership in Giving Away the Farm: Iowa's Tax-Credit Bonanza argues that there is too little accountability in such programs. The report argues that the state should disclose the corporate beneficiaries of tax legislation, revise benefits that waste taxpayer dollars with little proven economic benefits, and place a moratorium on new credits until greater transparency is established.

In 2006, public school teachers earned 15.1% lower weekly earnings than other employees with comparable education credentials and experience, more than three times what this gap was just a decade before, according to a new brief by the Economic Policy Institute.