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."

In Dying for Coverage, Families USA has produced state-by-state reports on the number of deaths cause by the lack of health insurance.  State reports are available for AR, CO, FL, IA, MI, MO, NVNH, NM, OH, ORPA, VAWV, and WI.

Commuting costs are a disproportionate burden on the working poor, according to Commuting to Opportunity: The Working Poor and Commuting in the United States by the Brookings Institution.  The working poor spend 6.1% of their income on commuting compared to just 3.8% for other workers, highlighting the need for more cost and energy-efficient transit options in our metropolitan regions.

What makes a development good for a community?  The Liveable Communities Coalition has developed a Smart Growth Scorecard, 50 questions covering everything from housing diversity, compactness, community needs and connectivity to work and retail to assess new developments with an eye to promoting sustainable smart growth.

In Don't Get Burned: The Risks of Investing in New Coal-Fired Generating Facilities, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) highlights why coal-burning power plants are not only bad for the environment, but are likely to be bad economic investments for companies due to the unknown costs of carbon capture and storage along with the rising costs of constructing new plants.  Conversely, a new report from Clean Edge sees strong industry growth in clean energy technologies like solar and wind.

As Georgia's legislative chambers debate tax-cut packages, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute has a new analysis showing the damaging impact these tax cuts would have on education and other services.  Because the proposals would use poorly designed formulas to cap tax rates below the growing need for services, the problems will only increase over time.

A new film, A Dream Deferred, gives a powerful media resource that highlighted dedicated high-school students are denied the chance to attend college, based solely on their undocumented status and why "Dream Acts' to offer in-state tuition for such immigrants is so crucial to them and to our communities.