Research Roundup

Jun 21, 2007
Increasingly, exploitive unregulated work conditions are not just at the fringe of the economy, but are often a consistent part of industries ranging from supermarkets to child care to restaurants to manufacturing, according to a new report, Unregulated Work in the Global City, produced by the Brennan Center for Justice.  Policymakers need to deal with the pervasive violations of the federal, state and local laws that are supposed to protect workers-- but too often don't.
Jun 14, 2007
Countering the myth that American public opinion is conservative, the Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters have released The Progressive Majority, a major review of public polling research that demonstrates that Americans actually show robust support for progressive policies, from increasing spending on public services to strengthening unions to increasing taxes on the wealthy to opposing restrictions on abortion rights. The report supplies ammunition for anyone needing to counter the false conventional wisdom that the American people don't hold progressive values.
Jun 07, 2007

With passage of the federal minimum wage, the Economic Policy Institute has released a new study showing where state minimum wage rates will remain higher than the new federal rate in coming years.

May 31, 2007
Like too many corporate subsidies, New York State's Industrial Development Agencies' (IDAs) property exemptions end up subsidizing wealthy communities and fueling regional sprawl, Good Jobs First finds, even as poorer communities most in need are bypassed for financial support.
May 24, 2007
In a new report, Restoring Prosperity, the Brookings Institution highlights how states can contribute to revitalizing older industrial cities by capitalizing on existing assets like transit systems and universities.  By encouraging reinvestment in those assets to modernize them and encouraging retraining of residents, states can restore these cities as engines of regional economic growth.
May 17, 2007
In comparison to other nations, the United States spends more than any other nation on health care without delivering universal coverage, yet consistently delivers worse health care results for patients, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund that compared patient and physician surveys between the US and six nations (Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom).
May 10, 2007
In honor of Mothers Day, Save the Children has released a report on the State of the World's Mothers 2007, which highlights the horrors of over 10.1 million children dying worldwide before age 5, but also finds that the United States ranks only 26th in the world in taking care of mothers' and children's health and other needs, given that the U.S. has the second highest infant mortality rate in the developed world and its failure to provide for paid maternity leave and other care for families.
May 03, 2007
In its first survey of a US-based corporation for human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch details Wal-Mart's Violation of US Workers’ Right to Freedom of Association, a 214-page report detailing the "sheer magnitude and aggressiveness of [Wal-Mart's] anti-union apparatus and actions" -tactics that take advantage of failings in United States labor law which allow companies to deny US workers internationally recognized labor rights.