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Research Roundup: Job Creation, Immigration, Taxation and More

Back to Work: A Public Jobs Proposal for Economic Recovery - This DEMOS policy brief argues that to effectively address slow economic recovery and persistently high unemployment, the federal government should invest in a direct public jobs program, which would be more cost-effective and create more jobs than measures the federal government has taken to combat the effects of the recession in the past few years.

The ITEP Guide to Fair State and Local Taxes - The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy recently published this comprehensive report which examines significant tax policy issues at the state and local level and provides methods to increase progressivity in tax structures to support the middle class and working families, allow for investments in infrastructure and economic growth, and create more equitable and fair tax systems.

Attacking the Constitution: State Legislators for Legal Immigration and the Anti-Immigrant Movement - This report from the Southern Poverty Law Center provides information on the far-right State Legislators for Legal Immigration (SLLI), a group of state lawmakers focused on mounting attacks against immigrant in states nationwide. The report details SLLI’s claims and features in-depth profiles of twelve legislators who have sought advance often-unconstitutional proposals that target immigrants and their families. A particularly troubling example of SLLI’s policy proposals is their efforts earlier this year to introduce legislation in over a dozen states that strips US citizen children of undocumented immigrants of their American citizenship – bills that overwhelmingly failed in states across the nation.

An Overview of Job Quality and Discretionary Economic Development Subsidies in New York City - The Fiscal Policy Institute, Good Jobs New York, and the National Employment Law Project recently released this report, which finds that in the name of economic development, the New York City government is directing public funds to projects that only pay poverty-level wages. The authors conclude, “drawing on a combination of public records and independent research, our assessment is that significant numbers of low‐wage jobs are being created with New York City tax dollars—jobs for which starting pay is as low as the minimum wage and for which annual earnings often do not even break the $20,000 mark.”