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May 15, 2008

The Union Advantage:  Unionization raises the wages of the typical low-wage worker by 20.6 percent, according to a new report by the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR), which includes state-by-state data on gains from unionization for workers in all income brackets.

Costs of War:  Highlighting the costs of the Iraq War, the Center for American Progress has developed an interactive map that shows what each state is suffering in lost investments in jobs, health care and clean energy.  The projected cost of the war for taxpayers in a large state like Texas are $54 billion, but even a state like South Dakota is losing out on over $1 billion.

May 08, 2008
Incumbent Advantages:  In Advantage, Incumbent, the National Institute on Money in State Politics found that 92 percent of incumbent state legislators were re-elected and that 84 percent of all winning legislative candidates raised more funds than their opponents.
Apr 24, 2008
In a new report by the State Foreclosure Prevention Working Group, a group of state attorneys general and banking regulators working to prevent home foreclosures, they find that seven out of ten delinquent borrowers are not on track for any loss-mitigation outcome.  The report recommends more systematic loan work-out systems and slowing down foreclosure processes to allow time for more work-outs.

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Apr 21, 2008
In their latest Economic Snapshot, the Economic Policy Institute highlights that teacher pay in the United States is not only falling behind other professions, but it also lags far behind other industrialized countries as a percent of per capita GDP.
Apr 17, 2008
Reframing the Immigration Debate:  The Rockridge Institute has a new paper, To Respect and Protect: Expanding our Discourse on Immigration, that emphasizes that progressives must change the "frame" on immigration from one of conservative fears to one emphasizing the global interdependence of working families in different countries and how a more progressive immigration policy, including ending the economic exploitation of "economic refugees" (the Rockridge term) will benefit our whole society.
Apr 10, 2008
Rising Inequality: In a state-by-state analysis of rising income inequality, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that since the late 1990s, incomes of the bottom fifth of families has declined by 2.5% among the bottom fifth of families, even as the top fifth has seen a 9.1% increase.  In recent years, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico, Connecticut and Indiana have seen the greatest increases in income inequality.
Mar 27, 2008
With a new website, Truth in Immigration,  the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has created a national clearinghouse for refuting immigration falsehoods that seeks to "refute legal and factual inaccuracies about immigrants and/or Latinos."
Mar 20, 2008
New reports by the Apollo Alliance -- Green Collar Jobs in America's Cities and its companion for states, Greener Pathways -- outline how policymakers can develop programs to train and employ people for the high wage careers in the new clean, green, energy efficient job sectors.  Both reports emphasize that clean energy jobs are a pathway both for environmental and economic rejuvenation of local communities.