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In their latest Economic Snapshot, the Economic Policy Institute highlights that teacher pay in the United States is not only falling behind other professions, but it also lags far behind other industrialized countries as a percent of per capita GDP.

Greater unionization of the workforce is one key to fighting economic inequality between the races, as a new study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds.  The report found that unionized black workers earned, on average, 12% more than their non-union peers and were more likely to have health insurance and pension benefits.

Highlighting the need to make sure green policies translate into good working conditions, Policy Matters of Ohio released a report, Good Bulbs, Bad Jobs: Workers and Conditions behind your new compact fluorescent, which found that that Xiamen Topstar Lighting Co. Ltd., a joint venture in which GE has a stake, violates numerous provisions of Chinese labor law as well as GE's own corporate policies.

The Institute on Money in State Politics raises concerns in a new study that "partnerships" between states and private insurance companies to offer long-term care insurance is being driven less by the goal of reducing Medicaid bills and more by industry lobbying backed by $205 million in state-level campaign contributions since 2000.

Examining the likely effects of enacting Election Day Regionistration on voter turnout in Massachusetts, an analysis by Demos finds that overall turnout would go up 4.9%, while turnout among those aged 18 to 25 would likely increase 9.7%.

The Elections Subcommittee of Congress' Committee on House Administration held a hearing on April 1st on the challenges that public assistance agencies face in fulfilling the requirements to register clients to vote under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, including testimony by a range of state officials and advocates on how to improve procedures.