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Oct 25, 2007
In two new reports, the Urban Institute highlights data on how government can encourage low-income families to save and acquire assets for long-term economic empowerment:
Oct 18, 2007
With the vote on SCHIP today, there's a flurry of new reports and polls. 
Oct 11, 2007
While the right-wing complains that SCHIP encourages parents to drop employer health coverage for their kids, less discussed is the fact that families with employer-sponsored insurance spend as much as 12.9% of income in out-of-pocket copays and other expenses. The Urban Institute highlights why SCHIP is so important in expanding coverage and also helping families gain access to affordable health care coverage.
Oct 04, 2007

The National Institute on Money in State Politics has released a series of new reports:

  • new report on independent expenditures details how they are playing an increasing role in state politics, with $115 million in independent expenditures spent in just five states - Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine and Washington - where data was readily available. 
  • Unfortunately, while 39 states have some statutory reporting requirements for state-level disclosure, only those five states make such information available in comprehensive and relevant formats. Another Institute report, Indecent Disclosure, highlights the disclosure law problems state-by-state and recommends how to fix them.
  • And in Closing the Gap: State Party Finances Four Years After BCRA, the Institute found that state political parties raised $454.6 million in 2006, a drop from the $569.4 million raised in the similar 2002 election cycle. Yet the top 10 largest individual donors gave $25 million collectively in 2006, more than the top 20 individual donors in 2002 who gave slightly less than $9 million.
Sep 27, 2007
Even as Congress debates expanding SCHIP health care coverage for children, the reality is that over half of people (53%) living in low-income families in nine states and the District of Columbia are eligible for neither Medicaid nor SCHIP coverage, according to new analysis from the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Center for Social Policy. While eligibility varies across different states, no state covers more than 80% of those low-income families.
Sep 20, 2007
CEO pay at large companies averaged $10.8 million in 2007, more than 364 times the pay of the average U.S. worker, with the top 20 private equity and hedge fund managers pocketing an average of $657.5 million each, or 22,255 times the pay of an average worker, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.  The report suggests ending tax subsidies for excessive executive pay, increasing income tax rates on the very wealthy, and denying government contracts to companies with wastefully high CEO pay.
Sep 13, 2007
Despite claims by the Bush administration that extending SCHIP health coverage to more kids will undermine private health coverage, new data from the Economic Policy Institute emphasizes that 86% of SCHIP enrollees either had no coverage or lost coverage within the six months before signing up. And even the majority of those with private coverage who switched over to SCHIP cited the lack of affordability of that private coverage as the need to enroll.
Sep 06, 2007
A new Transportation Equity Network report, The Road to Jobs: Patterns of Employment in the Construction Industry in 18 Metropolitan Areas, highlights the critical role of construction jobs in offering decent-paying employment to non-college educated workers, yet African-Americans are underrepresented in this workforce. With a looming shortage of skilled construction labor, the report emphasizes there is a window of opportunity to fund skills training that will open up the industry to excluded minorities and women.