Fourteen states face a total budget shortfall of at least $29 billion,
with twelve others expecting budget problems, according to a state budget update from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
The brief outlines a number of options for those states and cautions
against cuts in services that would undermine long-term economic
investments and calls for greater federal support as part of an
Unlocking America: Why and How to Reduce America's Prison Population,
published by the JFA Institute, details the explosive growth in prison
populations from just 196,000 in 1970 to 1.5 million in state and
federal prisons today-- with an additional 750,000 in local jails. The
report emphasizes that there is little evidence that this mass
incarceration reduces crime and outlines recommendations for changing
current sentencing laws and correctional policies to reduce
The Drum Major Institute has released its 2007 Year in Review,
which highlights the ten best and ten worst public policies of 2007, a
reading list for progressives, what the Right has been up to, and a States of the Union
profile of key policy and success measures that compare the states,
from availability of preschool to structurally deficient bridges to
health care access.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), one of the most
prominent anti-immigrant groups, is funded by racist foundations and
has ties to white supremacist groups through its key staff members,
according to a new report, FAIR: Crossing the Rubicon of Hate, by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
SPLC argues that reporters in the media should stop taking a hate group
like FAIR seriously as a reputable mainstream commentator on the
cities see a construction boom, workers in the industry should benefit
as much as the developers. But in New York City, according to a new
report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, Building Up New York, Tearing Down Job Quality,
at least 50,000 construction workers are employed off the books or
misclassified as independent contractors to cheat them out of fair
wages. On top of lost wages, all levels of government lost out on an
estimated $489 million in unpaid taxes in 2005 alone.
of Indiana's voter ID rules finds that many registered voters in
Indiana lack the required photo identification required under the law,
meaning legally qualified voters are being disenfranchised. The report
by the Washington Institute for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
finds that African Americans, the elderly, less educated, and
lower-income voters are disproportionately disenfranchised under the
Good jobs - jobs that pay at least
$17 an hour and provide health insurance and a pension -- declined by
3.5 million between 2000 and 2006 according to a new report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.
Key to the decline was the erosion of employer-provided health
insurance (down 3.1%) and employer-sponsored pension and
retirement-savings plans (down 4.9%).