Category: Policy & Research

Research, analysis, criticism and policies on topics of importance to progressive thinkers in Connecticut

More Jobs! Higher Wages! Real Facts!

NY Fed: Minimum wage hikes didn’t kill jobs Study found that higher pay boosted job numbers for low income workers –Crain’s NY Business:  GREG DAVID — Columnist — September 25, 2019 11:25 AM Bloomberg HIGHLIGHTS • Study zeroed in on NY border • Wages increased…

So Unfair TAX INEQUALITY 2019

Who Pays Taxes in America in 2019? For years, Americans have been told that the rich are paying a highly disproportionate share of the nation’s taxes. Claims to that effect often focus on just one tax, the federal personal income…

CT State Disgrace – Health Care Inequality

Report highlights CT’s racial health disparities  By JOE COOPER – JANUARY 2, 2019 – Hartford Business Journal A new report says major health disparities exist among boys and men of color compared to non-Hispanic white men and boys in Connecticut. The inaugural 2018 Connecticut Report…

Rich are Winners (Of Course) When IRS is Defunded

The Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes An eight-year campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist. –The Atlantic–PAUL KIEL, JESSE EISINGER, PROPUBLICA—DEC 11, 2018…

Book Blasts Corporate Cash Influence at Universities

‘How Corporate Cash Bought American Higher Education’  New book outlines how rich donors have become more assertive about how their money should be used and explores the costs to higher ed. –By Marjorie Valbrun November 2, 2018 A new book about Nike…

Jobs and Economy Supported by Real Pensions!

DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMIES October 17, 2018   — POSTED BY – TYLER BOND This week, we want to focus on the economics of pensions, the most secure form of retirement savings. Today we want to highlight how public pensions…

WOW! 1/2 $$$ Trillion Less Pay For Women

Women lose $513 billion a year in wages due to gender pay gap and math is worse for some —Charisse Jones, –USA TODAY– Oct. 23, 2018 |  (Photo: Getty Images) Women experience $513 billion in lost wages a year because of the…

SHOCKER! 401Ks Cost More!

WHY DEFINED BENEFIT PENSIONS COST LESS October 15, 2018  –POSTED BY–TYLER BOND– Today we’re examining why defined benefit pensions cost less than 401(k)-style defined contribution plans. Defined benefit pensions cost less than 401(k)s because they are more efficient. Pensions are group…