Americans favor roads and bridges over tax cuts for job creation

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Public Opinion

Public Opinion_Favor spending on infrastructureA recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll found that 52% of Americans would rather we spend funds on rebuilding our public infrastructure as a tool for creating jobs. In contrast, 32% favored cutting taxes.

Clever Ad makes it “Cool” to Ride the Bus

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Changemakers

Check out this engaging and humorous British video the Midtraffik company shows us how “cool” it is to ride the bus. What if other public systems had advertising budgets? Think about it.

Poverty Data shows role public systems in helping people meet basic needs

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Public Beat

The U.S. Census Bureau released its annual poverty data last month, finding that the national poverty rate was unchanged in 2011 from the previous year. In this blog post, the National Women’s Law Center discusses the important role that public … Continue reading

How Economic Proposals are Framed Makes All the Difference

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Framing

There are 715,000 fewer teachers, firefighters and other types of state and local workers today than there were in 2008, according to the BLS. Is that because Americans consciously decided these roles are not important? Of course not. In this … Continue reading

Alabamans vote in favor of shoring up general fund

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Public Beat

Last week, voters in Alabama handily approved a change allowing the state to borrow from its savings for three years to shore up the state’s general fund. Lawmakers are already vowing to repay the funds with “cost cutting” measures at … Continue reading

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton makes artful case for role of government

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Changemakers

In this guest column for The Herald News, Lee Hamilton eloquently reflects on our longstanding national debate about the role of government and why it’s not likely to be resolved any time soon. In the piece Hamilton writes that “In … Continue reading

Americans are torn about the role of government in helping those in need

by Public Works on September 27, 2012 in Public Opinion

While 71% of Americans remain concerned that poor people have become too dependent on government (down from 85% in 1994) a majority still believe that “government should provide all citizens with the basic necessities of life” (59%).