report by Service Employees International
Union shows the negative effects that result when private
equity takes public companies private.Not only does
the public lose access to critical information needed to maintain the
accountability of corporations, but workers are usually allowed no voice in
the deals and usually receive little benefit from them.
The bad news on Wal-Mart's abuse of taxpayers keeps coming.
New research by
Citizens for Tax Justice and Change to
Win shows that Wal-Mart used tax loopholes in escape $2.3
billion in state corporate income taxes between 1999 and 2005. But
the news is worse-- add in health care costs dumped on taxpayers and other
estimates that Wal-Mart is costing state taxpayers up to $2.5 billion
As we noted in our tax reform conference call last week, there are movement in
many states to enact "combined reporting" reforms to prevent companies from
using accounting games among corporate subsidiaries to avoid state
taxes. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has
a new report highlighting this
trend, while a number of local organizations have reports on the need in their
With Tax Day coming, the Center for Budget Policy &
Priorities(CBPP) has a
report debunking the
right-wing Tax Foundation's "Tax Freedom Day" propaganda about the tax burden
on middle class families due to state and local taxes. In fact, the Tax
Foundation's reports are based on tax estimates that have been proven to be
inaccurate and inconsistent over time.
Treating teenagers like adults in the criminal justice system,
especially for youth charged with non-violent crimes, is a recipe for
crippling young lives without increasing public safety. This is the
conclusion of a wide-ranging report by The Campaign for Youth Justice, which also highlights which states promote the best and worst practices in dealing with teenage offenders.
Want the simplest way to expand voter turnout? Enact Election
Day Registration (EDR), which increases turnout by 10 to 12 percentage
points, according to a new report by Demos, which highlighted how widely successful EDR was in states that used it in the 2006 election.
A major report (large
PDF) by the bi-partisan Commission on the National Guard and
Reserves bolsters criticisms by states that the Iraq war has led to
neglect of the domestic mission of the National Guard and that
coordination with states has been lacking. The report recommends
reforms to put a higher priority on domestic missions and increase the
influence of governors over National Guard deployments.
An analysis by the Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
find that the President's budget provides less than half the funds
states need to maintain SCHIP enrollment-- and erects fiscal incentives
for states to cease providing SCHIP to many children and low-income