Research Roundup

Mismanagement: Privatization Efforts Jeopardize Public Safety and Health- In this brief, One Wisconsin Now details Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s track record with pushing for the privatization of public assets in recent years, and documents the excessive costs, mismanagement, high risks, job loss, lost accountability, and negative impacts on the middle class, working families, and vulnerable populations that have occurred as a result of these efforts.

Good Rules: Ten Stories of Successful Regulation- In contrast with the misguided conservative assault on regulations, this DEMOS publication provides examples of successful government rules that have greatly helped and protected American families, workers, consumers and businesses, including common sense regulations like municipal building codes, American’s with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Acid Rain regulations.

House GOP Proposal Means Fewer Children in Head Start, Less Help for Students to Attend College, Less Job Training, and Less Funding for Clean Water- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently released this publication, which provides analysis of the deleterious impact of the proposed House GOP’s budget cuts on states, programs, and different populations.

Apples to Apples: Private-Sector and Public-Sector Compensation in Iowa- The Iowa Policy Project compared education, work experience, annual hours worked, race, sex, disability status, and firm size for the public and private sector, and found that on average, Iowa’s public employees tend to be more educated than their counterparts in the private sector, and earn less, even when benefit packages are accounted for.