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Mar 12, 2009

The Center for American Progress has a new interactive map to view the unemployment numbers in each state

Harvesting Low-Hanging Energy Savings
 - Families and businesses fail to invest in energy efficiency for a variety of reasons: utility companies discourage it since their profits are often tied to electricity sold or landlords often don't profit from efficiency investments. This Center for American Progress report highlights how "energy efficiency resource standards" - adopted in 18 states - can generate real energy savings for consumers.

Metropolitan Recovery and Spending Priorities - This series of papers by the Brookings Institution suggests how the federal budget plan and recovery package might affect the metropolitan drivers of national prosperity, including innovation, human capital, infrastructure, and sustainable places.

Mar 05, 2009

Reports Continue to Highlight the Dire Economy but also Tools for Recovery:

  • Recovery package eases but does not eliminate job woes- As EPI highlights in this state-by-state map of projected job losses, even with the recently passed stimulus package, most states will still have fewer jobs at the end of 2010 than they did before the recession began.
  • Pensionomics: Measuring the Economic Impact of State & Local Pension Plans - This new report finds that state and local government pension plans have a significant economic footprint:  supporting 2.5 million American jobs and had  $358 billion in economic impact.
  • The Future of Middle-Skill Jobs - This brief from the Brookings Institution examines the importance of mid-level jobs in helping disadvantaged workers move up the economic ladder.  With demand for those mid-level jobs growing, we need policies to help low-income workers gain the education and training to qualify for them.
Feb 26, 2009
Unions Are Good for the Economy in Every State: The Center for American Progress has created an interactive map highlighting the ways  in each state that unions provide a wage premium—how much higher unionized workers’ wages are then their non-union counterparts on average—and how much more workers in each state would earn in total wages annually if unionization rates increase.  If the number of union workers increased by just 5%, an estimated $25.5 billion more in wages and salaries would be introduced into the American economy each year.
Feb 12, 2009

Facing Deficits, 40 States are Imposing or Planning Cuts that Hurt Vulnerable Residents - An update by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds painful cuts increasing in public health, programs for the elderly and disabled, K-12 education, colleges and other programs around the country, while 14 states have raised new revenue to address the fiscal crisis in the states.

Target Practice: Lessons for Poverty Reduction -  A report by CLASP on the lessons those seeking numerical goals in reducing poverty can learn from the experience targetting reductions in climate change and homelessness.