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Research Roundup: The Political Ideology of the Millenials, Religious Groups Want Government to Address Climate Change & More
PSN on May 14, 2009 - 11:37am
Public opinion in support of progressive policies
- The Political Ideology of the Millenial Generation - The future of progressive politics looks bright, given the deeply held progressive political beliefs held by young Americans, according to this study by the Center for American Progress. Compared to older generations, the young millenial generation show greater support for gay marriage, a more tolerant attitude towards new immigrants, greater support for a stronger government to make the economy work, more support for universal health care, a greater desire for investments in new clean energy technologies, and believe we need a fairer trade approach to protect workers and consumers.
- Key Religious Groups Want Government to Address Climate Change and Its Impact on World’s Poor - A national poll by Faith in Public Life finds broad support among religious groups, including Catholics and evangelicals for the idea that climate change is a threat to the world's poorest people and that government should be taking action to address the threat.
New reports on the role of higher education in promoting economic growth:
- Transforming America’s Community Colleges: A Federal Policy Proposal To Expand Opportunity and Promote Economic Prosperity - This Brookings Institution policy brief highlights the lack of federal funding for community colleges compared to other higher education institutions, which forces them to rely disproportionately on state and local governments -- a critical problem during times of state budget crises. It recommends new funding and better data collection to promote best practices nationally among community colleges.
- Promoting Economic Mobility by Increasing Post-secondary Education - This Economic Mobility Project report highlights ways to boost college enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students. It argues this is critical to overcoming the current stagnation in upward mobility in a society where 42 percent of those born in the bottom quintile of the population stay on the bottom rung of the income ladder.
- Recovery Initiatives Create State Opportunities to Extend Education and Training to More Jobless Workers - This NELP report highlights ways to reform unemployment insurance policies using federal recovery funds by removing rules that often prevent workers from receiving benefits while pusuring community college programs and other workforce training.
Health care coverage for children and need for health care costs transparency:
- Coverage When It Counts- This Center for American Progress report highlights the failure of transparency of health care costs and recommends new standards for disclosure of likely out-of-pocket costs in a form to help consumers appreciate the kinds of medical events for which health insurance may be needed and relative levels of protection provided under different policies.
- Covering More Children, Rewarding Success: State Performance Bonuses- This Families USA report discusses the new system of performance bonuses created by the new CHIP law to encourage states to exceed enrollment targets and improve retention of children in Medicaid and CHIP.
New resources on low-wage and immigrant worker rights from the National Employment Law Project
- Unregulated Work - a presentation highlighting the systematic failure by government to deter a wide array of workplace violations and the need for greater action by policymakers.
- Rights Begin at Home: Defending Domestic Workers' Rights - Handbooks for Illinois and California on the abuses to and methods to defend rights of domestic workers
Money in State Politics:
- Industries Storm States Over Climate Change - This report in March by the Institute on Money in State Politics highlighted how energy-related companies contributed $151 million to state-level politics between 2003 and 2007. In recent reports, the Institute analyzed the role that money played in trying to block green reforms in Washington, Texas, Florida, and Oregon.
- High Court Contests: Competition, Controversy and Cash in Pennsylvania & Wisconsin - Fund raising for the 2007 and 2008 judicial elections in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin experienced significantly more campaign spending than in previous elections, a disturbing trend highlighted by this Institution for Money in State Politics report.
Green Jobs, Green Savings: Developing Maine's Economy by Securing Our Energy Future - This Opportunity Maine report identifies how energy costs stifle Maine's economy and the need for new standards for efficiency and renewable energy, workforce development to build green jobs, and new investments to build an economy based on those greener standards