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Despite claims that by increasing its top income tax rate to 9% in 2002 New Jersey  would drive out wealthy residents, a new report out of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs shows that, instead, the number of New Jersey residents with incomes over $500,000 increased by 70% between 2002 and 2006 -- and the state has raised $1 billion annually in revenue.

Many conservatives want to use "high risk pools" to deal with the problem of insurance companies denying coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.  In High-Risk Insurance Pools: A Flawed Model for Reform, the Center for American Progress has produced a resource detailing the problems with such plans, including poor coverage and high costs to taxpayers for those poor results.

Despite tight state budgets, legislatures continued to prioritize expanding pre-K education programs, according to a new report by pre[k]now.  Net state investments will increase by more than $309 million nationally, to $5.2 billion in the next fiscal year.  D.C. and Louisiana joined Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and West Virginia as states providing or phasing in pre-K for all kids.

The Brookings Institution has posted resources, including presentation slides, from its summit among state leaders addressing Restoring Prosperity: The State Role in Revitalizing Ohio’s Core Communities.  The summit addressed recommendations that were carefully tailored to the unique assets and challenges of Ohio’s 32 core communities.

America's Voice has a YouTube video up called Save the Earth - Stop Anti-Immigrant Emissions, which mocks a Center for Immigration Studies report that blames immigrants for global warming, calling it a mix of "bad science, random mathematical formulas and a lot of nonsense."

A new policy brief, Supporting Military Families with Children, by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network highlights states that have introduced legislation to support parents who serve in the military and their children.  In addition, the brief summarizes research on some unique challenges faced by military families, including frequent moves, family separation, disruption in schooling, and the risk of injury or death of military personnel. 

The Sentencing Project has released Expanding the Vote: State Felony Disenfranchisement Reform, 1997-2008, which outlines the significant progress that states have made reducing barriers to voting for ex-felons.

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice on the implementation of felon disenfranchisement laws finds that "confusion among election officials about their state's felony disenfranchisement policies ... coupled with complex laws and complicated registration procedures, result in the mass dissemination of inaccurate and misleading information, which in turn leads to the de facto disenfranchisement of untold hundreds of thousands of eligible would-be voters throughout the country."

The Advancement Project released Provisional Voting: Fail Safe Voting or Trapdoor to Disenfranchisement? finds both disturbingly high rates of provisional ballots being rejected, often due to administrative error, and many instances where eligible voters are wrongly given these ballots, resulting in disenfranchised voters.