Realizing Health Reform's Potential: Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act of 2010  - The Commonwealth Fund just released a new report that shows that up to 16.6 million workers are in firms that would be eligible for the small business tax credit included in the federal health reform law from 2010 to 2013. According to the report, over the next 10 years, small businesses and organizations could receive an estimated $40 billion in federal support through the premium credit program.
Review of City of New Orleans Contract with Telecommunications Development Corporation  - The New Orleans Inspector General released this analysis of a private contract the city awarded to Washington DC-based Telecommunications Development Corporation (TDC) in October 2009 to provide staffing to two city agencies. The Inspector General concludes that not only did the procurement process lack competition and transparency, but the city wasted over $750,000 over an eight month span by utilizing TDC's services. Further, the city would save almost $1 million annually by using public employees to perform these functions.
On Immigrants and Employment:
The Effect of Immigrants on U.S. Employment and Productivity  - This research paper from Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco visiting scholar Giovanni Peri finds immigration has no significant effect on the number of jobs available to native-born workers and in fact expands incomes and productivity over time for all residents. Peri, who is also an associate professor of economics at the University of California Davis, found that immigration pushed wages up by $5,100 on average from 1990 to 2007 after adjusting for inflation, accounting for 20 percent to 25 percent of the economic gain during that period.Costly in Every Way: Anti-Immigrant Laws Hurt States Financially  - As 46 states continue to grapple with a total of $121 billion in budget shortfalls, this updated fact sheet from the National Employment Law Project details how implementing and defending anti-immigrant laws costs states and their taxpayers millions of precious dollars. A 2008 study by the Perryman Group found removing all undocumented workers from the US would reduce annual economic output by $651 billion and reduce annual spending by $1.8 trillion. Arizona is projected to lose $90 million in economic boycotts after it passed SB 1070, a broad anti-immigrant proposal already enjoined by the federal courts.
From Anti-Immigrant to Pro-Worker: What States Can Do About Immigration and Workers' Rights  - This updated fact sheet from the National Employment Law Project exposes the flawed nature of many state laws that seek to present immigrant workers as responsible for high unemployment rates and the current economic crisis - and then proceed to target these workers with harmful policies that seek to, among other things, criminalize day laborers seeking work, impose harsh penalties on employers who hire undocumented workers, and bar the undocumented from accessing workers compensation. The fact sheet goes on to explore how states can actually address concerns about wage levels and workplace enforcement by raising the wage ceiling and ensuring they enforce existing wage and hour protections - thereby strengthening and enforcing protections for all workers rather than targeting those who are foreign-born.
Not In Competition : Data Underscores Differences Between Immigrant and Native-Born Workers  - This fact sheet produced by the Immigration Policy Center analyzes the labor force participation and unemployment rates of native-born and immigrant workers in search of about immigration's true effect on employment rates. The fact sheet, which is based upon the most recent labor and employment data from the US Census Bureau's 2009 Current Population Survey, finds that immigrant and native-born workers generally do not compete with each other for jobs, as they largely differ in terms of the jobs they perform, where they live, and their level of education. The analysis also establishes that even when immigrant and native-born workers work in the same industry or firm, they often occupy disparate positions. The analysis serves to effectively dispel a connection between higher levels of immigration and unemployment rates.
State-by-State Fact Sheets on the Foreign-Born  - These updated fact sheets from the Migration Policy Institute based on 2008 American Community Survey data (the most recent available), provide valuable information on each state's immigrant residents and workers. The information provides separate, state-by-state fact sheets in four key categories: 1) demographics and social characteristics; 2) language and education; 3) workforce data; and 4) income and poverty rates.
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