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Research Roundup 5/11: The Economic Impact of Immigration Reform, Death on the Job, Paid Parental Leave, and More

Adding it Up: Accurately Gauging the Economic Impact of Immigration Reform [Immigration Policy Center]
"More and more research demonstrates the economic benefits of immigration reform. The last few years have witnessed a burst in economic research showing the strongly positive net impacts of immigration in general and comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) in particular. Broad agreement has emerged as to not only the net economic and fiscal benefits of immigration and CIR, but the acceleration of those benefits over time."

Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect [AFL-CIO]
"Today, 150 people will likely be killed on the job or die from job-related illnesses and disease. That deadly toll will continue tomorrow and the next day and the next until the nation 'renews the commitment to protect workers from injury, disease and death,' and makes it a high priority, says the 2013 edition of the AFL-CIO’s Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect."

Meet The Show-Me Institute [Progress Missouri]
"Progress Missouri released a new report exposing direct ties between the Show‐Me Institute (SMI) and the Koch Brothers-funded State Policy Network (SPN), a national network of like‐minded 'think tanks' that promotes disinformation and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) agendas in state Capitols. The Show‐Me Institute has also received significant funding from the Donors Capital Fund, which is also connected to the notorious Koch Brothers, and other out‐of‐state right‐wing organizations such as the Roe Foundation and the Cato Institute."

Revealing Tax Subsidies 2013 [OSPIRG Foundation]
"In 2011 and 2012, through a bipartisan effort, the Oregon State Legislature adopted new measures (ORS 184.484) intended to shine the spotlight of transparency on eighteen economic development tax expenditure programs estimated to cost Oregon taxpayers over $665 million in the 2013-15 biennium. This study examines the first two years of annual reports made available by the law on the Oregon Transparency Website. It evaluates how well the law is being followed, and the degree to which the new information helps the public determine the value of these programs."

Employers Not Filling Gap in Need for Paid Parental Leave in U.S. [Institute for Women's Policy Research]
"This Mother’s Day, the United States is still behind all other high-income industrialized nations when it comes to providing paid leave to parents. And, according to a new analysis released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), employers are not filling the gap—despite many providing paid leave benefits beyond legal requirements."

Measuring Up: Aspirations for Economic Security in the 21st Century [Insight Center for Community Economic Development]
This report "analyzes the ways in which the U.S. government and others frame, measure and shape the public conversation about what it takes for people to be economically secure. Specifically, the report looks at multiple indicators including income and assets, and it highlights groups that too often are excluded from the public debate, such as people of color, women, older adults, immigrants, and multi-generational households."
 

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