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Failure of Tax Cuts as Economic Growth Strategy, Tougher GreenHouse Gas Emission Reductions, Prevention to Reduce Health Inequit

The 2005 Tax Overhaul and Ohio's Economy -  In 2005, the Ohio legislature passed a massive tax cut bill which is currently removing $2 billion a year from the state budgets, forcing massive cuts in state spending.  As this report by Policy Matters Ohio documents, the result of those tax cuts were not the economic growth promised but a state economy falling further behind the rest of the nation on key indicators such as employment, output, income, and productivity.  

The United States Needs a Tougher Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for 2020 - Since our nation already has the technology and resources to reduce its emissions levels substantially below 1990 levels by 2020 and the threat of climate change demands far more ambitious goals, this report by the Center for American Progress argues that we should aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 to 30 percent below 1990 levels -- and work internationally to spread that standard.

Reducing Inequities in Health and Safety through Prevention - With thousands of Americans dying from preventable diseases and injusries, especially in low-income and minority communities, this brief by the Prevention Institute and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies provides recommendations for policymakers on prevention strategies that address health equity issues.

Why are Paid Sick Days an Important Policy Issue? - With 13 states introducing legislation to require employers to provide paid sick days to employees, this mini-brief by the Sloan Work and Family Research Network highlights what the policy is, why it's important, recent legislation, and a guide to site with additional information.