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Nov 16, 2006

In another sign that the private sector isn't all it's cracked up to be when it comes to health care, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities notes that "Medicaid costs are growing more slowly than costs for Medicare or private insurance."

Nov 09, 2006
The AFL-CIO released a post-election survey highlighting how union members made the difference in progressive victories around the country. Check out their powerpoint presentation on how union members split 74% to 26% in favor of Democrats and the strategies that turned out these voters for the midterm elections.
Nov 02, 2006
While many families move to sprawling exurbs because they think the housing is more affordable, a new study by the Center for Housing Policy finds that increased transit costs in the exurbs means that for every dollar a working family saves on housing, the spend 77 cents more on transportation- a report that for the first time measures the combined housing and transit costs in 29 metropolitian areas at the neighborhood level.
Oct 26, 2006

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that a rising number of low-income working families are being helped by state level Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).

Oct 19, 2006

Out of control campaign spending is enveloping state legislative races, according to a new report by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which finds that 78 legislative races in 12 states over the 2003-2004 cycle involved more than a million dollars in spending-- a total of $155 million for these races.

Oct 12, 2006
The National Employment Law Project has released an in-depth new report detailing policy options for government to better enforce wage and overtime time laws, from shutting down sweatshops to strengthening state enforcement agencies to encouraging private enforcement by workers and advocates.
Sep 28, 2006

With the recent outbreak of e. coli from infected spinach because of the negligence of the federal Food and Drug Administration, it's worth reviewing the report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest on how a proposed federal law, H.R. 4167, would overturn 200 state food safety laws protecting the public health.

Sep 21, 2006
Highlighting the squeeze on families, the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations released its 2006 "Northwest Job Gap Studies", finding that rising health insurance costs in recent year add to the problem of families making a living wage needed to care for their families.