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  • Media Briefing: Examining Wide and Growing Income Gaps in the States
    Michael Leachman, Elizabeth McNichol, and Doug Hall
    November 15, 2012

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute held a joint conference call briefing on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to discuss a major new state-by-state report on income inequality.
  • Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends
    Elizabeth McNichol, Douglas Hall, David Cooper, and Vincent Palacios
    November 15, 2012

    A state-by-state examination finds that income inequality has grown in most parts of the country since the late 1970s.  Over the past three business cycles prior to 2007, the incomes of the country’s highest-income households climbed substantially, while middle- and lower-income households saw only modest increases. During the …
  • States Continue to Feel Recession’s Impact
    Phil Oliff, Chris Mai, and Vincent Palacios
    Updated June 27, 2012

    As a new fiscal year begins, the latest state budget estimates continue to show that states’ ability to fund services remains hobbled by slow economic growth.  The budget gaps that states have had to close for fiscal year 2013, the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2012, total $55 billion in 31 states.  That amount is smaller …
  • Some Basic Facts on State and Local Government Workers
    Elizabeth McNichol
    Updated June 15, 2012

    This brief report presents some basic facts about state and local employees:  the jobs they perform, how many there are, how their pay compares with pay in the private sector, and how much states and localities — mainly school districts, cities, and counties — spend on pay and benefits. Who Are Public Employees? By far …
  • Out of Balance
    Elizabeth McNichol
    April 18, 2012

    The state budget gaps of the last five years led to $290 billion in cuts to public services and $100 billion in tax and fee increases. Those actions lengthened the recession and delayed the recovery.  Because spending reductions were dominant, hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost; undermining education, health care and other state …
  • The Texas Economic Model: Hard for Other States to Follow and Not All It Seems
    Elizabeth McNichol and Nicholas Johnson
    April 3, 2012

    Whatever its boosters may say, Texas is not a helpful model for economic growth for the rest of the country. True, the number of people and jobs in Texas has been expanding, causing other states to wonder whether Texas holds important lessons for state policies that can generate similar growth elsewhere. The answer is no. Texas has …
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