Connecting the dots between tax investments and our communities

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in June 2012 eNewsletter

apple storeIn this interesting blog post, Demos’ David Callahan, points out the irony of Apple looking to shirk its tax responsibilities while the public structures that make these kinds of profits profitable like schools and roads see their budgets slashed. Connecting the dots between tax loopholes and avoidance schemes and their broader consequences for communities and opportunities for future generations is essential to making progress on this thorny topic.

The Big Idea Behind Fighting Inequality

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in Economy

This article by Mark Schmitt makes a strong case that changes to the tax code would promote the middle class and increase opportunity. More pieces like this one – that give concrete ways to combat rising inequality using public tools … Continue reading

Linking budget cuts to increase cases of whooping cough

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in June 2012 eNewsletter

A terrific example of a story that sheds light on the consequences of state budget cuts is this impressive piece in the New York Times on the increasing rates of whooping cough in Washington State following years of cutbacks in … Continue reading

Michigan Narrative

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in Changemakers

Last month, progressives in Michigan gathered for the annual Michigan Summit. The event began with presentations by Michigan Voice, Public Works, and others who have spent the past several months developing a state narrative for Michigan that taps into the … Continue reading

Do we Need Government to Fight Discrimination?

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in Feature

Do we need government to fight discrimination? That question is the central theme of a compelling article by Rinku Sen published recently in The Nation Magazine. Sen discusses the role that government has played at different times in American history … Continue reading

Government Favorability Gap is Growing

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in June 2012 eNewsletter

The Pew Research Center recently reported that the gap in favorability ratings between state and local governments in comparison to the federal government is growing. The report doesn’t draw any firm conclusions as to why the gap is growing but … Continue reading

Public Works in the Field

by Public Works on June 21, 2012 in In the Works

New York: Public Works was pleased to partner with the Center for Working Families to conduct two workshops at the recent Progressive Leadership Conference held in Kerhonkson, New York. The individuals and organizations attending the conference are championing an ambitious … Continue reading