A new Urban Institute study
finds that while the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
has signed up close to 70 percent of its target population, 1.8 million
eligible children nationwide are still not enrolled and new federal
funding is needed to meet that goal.
From New York to Los Angeles, new immigrant entrepreneurs have emerged as key
engines of urban growth, according to
the Center for an Urban Future, with first generation immigrants creating a
massive number of new businesses in these communities.
Reinforcing CFED's message that tax breaks are a poor road to state economic growth, a report commissioned by Kentucky's state government finds that tax breaks hadn't produced the number of new jobs state officials had previously claimed, while workforce training programs were far more cost-effective in creating new jobs
A new "State of the States"
report by State Coverage Initiatives, a program of the Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation surveys recent state efforts to expand health
insurance coverage. Rising hopes bode well for additional reforms in
other states, but the report cautions that because of variations in
each state, particular reforms are not always easily replicable in
Some opponents of the minimum wage argue that Earned Income Tax Credit is a complete substitute. However, as a new Urban Institutereport emphasizes, "raising the EITC enough to offset the loss in purchasing power of the minimum wage could prove costly," and the EITC system would have to be expanded to a far larger portion of working families to make up for the lost value of the minimum wage.
What's sadder than cities subsidizing rich corporations with fat tax breaks? How about suburbs paying to move jobs around the same metro area, as Good Jobs Firstdocuments in a new study on "job piracy" in the Twin Cities Metro Area, a trend that wastes taxpayer money and deepens economic inequality. A parallel study by Brookings on Michigan found that economic subsidies were encouraging sprawl and wealthier communities at the expense of existing central cities.
Before you take "expert advice" on health care reform that mysteriously seems to enrich companies like the pharmaceutical industry, check out a new study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine which finds that one-third of review-board members who monitor patient studies in US hospitals take money from the companies whose products are being tested.