Tag: state government

  • Four Tidbits About the U.S. Economic Recovery

    The Great Recession that began in late 2007 in the United States officially ended in June 2009, but anybody can plainly see that we are still miles from a full recovery. The February unemployment rate of 8.9 percent is considered a major improvement from this point last year, and other indicators suggest that a slow […]

  • What Does the Public Think Unions Stand For? The Battle for Hearts and Minds in Wisconsin

    Are public sector labor unions greedy leeches on the side of government, or are they the last bulwark of a national movement for working people? The battle to define American public sector labor unions, and the labor movement in general, reached a new urgency this week in Wisconsin (our embedded correspondent Paul sends this dispatch […]

  • Change the Discourse, Don’t Change the Bill

    “Repeal and replace Obamacare” was a rallying cry for Republican challengers on the campaign trail this fall. Now that Republicans have regained Governorships and Congressional districts across the country, the battle to save the health care law swings into full force. At least in rhetoric, Republicans want to raze the health care law and start […]

  • Doobieous Politics: Will Legal Marijuana Help Minority Communities?

    Proposition 19, the California ballot initiative that would decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, has largely been an amusing sideshow in an otherwise nasty election season. Polls show that Californians are fairly split on the initiative, but much will depend on who turns out to the polls on Tuesday morning. One group […]

  • When There’s No More Fat to Trim: State Budgets and Public Opinion

    When voters go to the polls on November 2nd, they won’t just be voting for national offices. Across the country there are many tightly contested state elections. While these races do not garner as much attention, they are arguably more important for inequality. This is because education, and most of the means-tested programs that serve […]