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January 7, 2006
Reports and Analyses: Conference Agreement TANF Provisions Impose Expensive New Work Requirements on States and Will Result in Loss of Child Care Subsidies for Working Poor
The conference agreement on the spending reconciliation bill includes a major restructuring of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work participation requirements, imposing expensive and unfunded new requirements on states and severely limiting the flexibility they were afforded under the 1996 law that created the TANF block grant.
Reports and Analyses: The Business Case for Workers Age 50+: Planning for Tomorrow's Talent Needs in Today's Competitive Environment
This study details the business case for hiring and retaining the 50+ worker as an effective solution to the projected challenge of rising competition for talent in the coming years.
This Fall 2005 survey of 801 Pennsylvania AARP members finds that many worry about their ability to heat their homes during the coming winter months. Most favor reversing recent changes in the state's utility law that lessen or eliminate consumer protections for older and low-income customers.
Reports and Analyses: Why the Application of the Expected Across-the-Board Appropriations Cut to Defense is Likely to be Purely Cosmetic
Defense funds that are reduced through an across-the-board cut now are likely to be fully restored next spring, when a supplemental appropriation for Iraq is enacted. Based on past Iraq supplementals, the supplemental is likely to be structured in a way that allows the Pentagon to move funds around and undo the across-the-board cut.
Reports and Analyses: Report Opposing Confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr. as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (PDF)
A detailed description of Judge Alito’s troubling legal record on church-state issues.
Reports and Analyses: The Limits of State Sovereignty: How Federal Actions Jeopardize Oklahoma's Long-Term Budget Outlook (PDF)
An analysis of the negative effects federal decisions on budget, tax, and other policies are having on Oklahoma's long-term fiscal outlook.
Reports and Analyses: New Bush Administration Decision Makes States Base Food Stamp Benefit Levels for This Winter on Last Year's Heating Costs
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that the cost of heating homes with natural gas or heating oil will be 30 to 50 percent higher this winter than last. As a result, food stamp households are facing monthly fuel bills that, in some cases, are hundreds of dollars higher than last winter.
The building boom is keeping rental inflation low.
Reports and Analyses: Decline in CPI Leads Real Wages Up in November, but at Year 4, No Gains Over Recovery
This analysis on Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers examines a full four years of real wage data over the recovery. It shows how one good month cannot erase the damage done to real wages over several years.
Samuel Alito, President Bush’s nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, poses a serious threat to people with disabilities. Having sat on a federal court of appeals for 15 years, Judge Alito has a record of decisions hostile to disability rights.
Instructions for using the worksheet to help people with mental illnesses choose a Medicare drug plan.
This report, authored by Sandra Venner, highlights a cross-section of America where innovative asset-building policies are working in states such as Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Across the nation, states with both abundant and lean fiscal resources, with urban and rural populations, and reflecting a variety of ideologies, are increasingly focusing their policies in ways that enable residents to build their asset wealth.
During the third quarter of 2005, U.S. households enjoyed large gains in net worth but also took on debt at a quickening pace that exceeded income growth and the rise in housing values. This report examines key indicators of wealth, income, debt, liquidity and risk derived from Flow of Funds data.
The Economic Policy Institute is worried that the Federal Reserve will continue hammering at inflation with interest rate increases. These rate hikes will slow down potential wage growth by breaking economic growth.
Reports and Analyses: Variation in Use of Medicare Services Among Regions and Selected Academic Medical Centers: Is More Better?
This report finds that while giving providers incentives to "do the right thing" will likely save lives, it is unlikely to have a major impact on rising costs.
This report looks at how worker centers -- numbering about 140 in 32 states so far -- use advocacy and organizing to provide support for immigrant and low-wage workers and fight for, among other things, safer worksites, unpaid wages and enforcement of labor laws.
In this Year in Review: the best and worst in public policy this year, the six events that impacted the future of America, a report from the frontlines in six states and from the blogosphere, DMI's recommended reading list, a recap of what the think tanks of the conservative Right are up to, and, the 2005 Injustice Index.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Guatemala regularly faces attacks and threats. Transgender sex workers have been particularly vulnerable to attack. One such sex worker, Sulma, was shot in the head, allegedly by police, on December 17, and remains in the hospital in a serious condition. Another transgender sex worker was killed in the attack.
This winter, nearly 1000 whales will be killed under the guise of "scientific research." On January 27 join friends in your community for a whale-watching party: watch a brand-new video of Greenpeace ships confronting the Japanese whaling fleet and join a national conference call with campaigners on the ship.
The draconian budget reconciliation bill that cuts Medicaid and other programs for low-income people was derailed in the Senate by a last-minute procedural move. As a result, the bill was not enacted into law. Call or visit your Representative's district office to explain why the bill should be rejected.
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