On Being Grateful for Paying Taxes

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

dirty dishesThere were lots of great Tax Day-related articles and posts this year, but we especially appreciated this one Valerie Tarico published on Truthout. She writes that taxes, like dirty dishes, are blessings in disguise because of the tools of prosperity they support. Here’s an excerpt from Valerie’s piece:

Gratitude as a life posture or a sense of being “blessed” is something that religious people talk about mostly in church and secular people like me, who have given up that traditional forum and vocabulary, mostly keep to ourselves. But [my cousin] Robyn, in her note [on Facebook], did an interesting thing. By adding taxes to her list, she crossed a boundary. Not the boundary between church and state – that one’s been crossed plenty of late – but the boundary between civic life and spiritual life. I wonder what it would it mean for our country if more of us said, to a God or to the universe: “I thank You that I have roads to maintain, schoolbooks to buy, a sewer to mend, rivers and mountains to protect and a free country in which I can pay taxes.”

State Governments Viewed Favorably as Federal Rating Hits New Low

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

This recent poll by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press seems to echo what we at Public Works know from our work – that people associate government with bickering politicians, which dominates the image of federal government … Continue reading

Tackling Inequality Requires Support for Government

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

It’s a modern American paradox. Inequality continues to worsen and Americans’ concern about it is growing, and yet public support for solutions just hasn’t kept pace. A new study finds a reason why – Americans doubt government’s ability to address … Continue reading

Americans Want Government to Create Jobs

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

With all the negative attention these days on government spending and future deficits, it’s interesting to note that most people would like government to take action now to create jobs, even if it means spending some money. According to Gallup’s … Continue reading

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Broken Government

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

There is no shortage of articles these days about the impacts of the budget cuts resulting from the sequestration process. This short article from the Washington Post caught our eye because it points out one critical element that is often … Continue reading

Design-led Innovation in the Public Sphere

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

Design for the Public Good is set to release a report to the European Union countries that outlines recommendations for improving public service delivery. This article in the Guardian highlights some of the organization’s innovative recommendations. Here’s an excerpt: It … Continue reading

Expanding Role of Public Libraries

by Public Works on April 30, 2013 in April 2013 eNewsletter

Local public libraries are adaptable institutions, retooling decade after decade to meet community needs. These days some public libraries are getting creative, lending out such items as seeds and science equipment. This article from USA Today provides the details. Here’s … Continue reading