Policy Brief

In July 2008, 49 advocates, scholars, and thinkers met in Washington, D.C. and came to agreement on the outlines of a broad agenda for democracy reform. In the weeks that followed, the participants broke into workgroups and developed the recommendations outlined in this document.
08/08/2011
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Strong voter participation and engagement are fundamental to a healthy democracy.  Efforts to restrict access to voting fly in the face of this important goal.  Alarmingly, despite another midterm election in which nationally only 41 percent of eligible persons voted, many...
08/08/2011
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Strong voter participation and engagement are fundamental to a healthy democracy.  Efforts to restrict access to voting fly in the face of this important goal.  Alarmingly, despite another midterm election in which nationally only 41 percent of eligible persons voted, many...
08/08/2011
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In order to reverse the troubling low graduation rates at our nation’s community colleges, low-income students must stop being financially penalized for attending these institutions. As this brief outlines, low-income students who attend community college receive less state and institutional...
08/08/2011
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Economic security for seniors was built on the three-legged stool of retirement (Social Security, pensions, and savings) at the core of the social contract that rewards a lifetime of productivity. Economic security of seniors, however, is being challenged by two simultaneously occurring trends: a...
08/08/2011
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Economic security for seniors was built on the three-legged stool of retirement (Social Security, pensions, and savings) at the core of the social contract that rewards a lifetime of productivity. Seniors’ economic security, however, is being challenged by two simultaneously occurring trends: a...
08/08/2011
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Americans use credit cards millions of times every day. The convenience and utility of revolving credit has become a way of life for most families. However for some, it has also become a lifeline. This report, based on Demos’ 2008 national household survey of low- and middle-income households,...
08/08/2011
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Young adults in North Carolina and across the country are confronting an economic reality vastly different from that of their parent’s generation. Over the past three decades, economic opportunity and security for all but the most affluent and most highly educated has declined. Today, North...
08/08/2011
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How do credit records affect  Americans?  Credit reports and scores have a direct and growing impact on Americans' economic security and opportunity. They are increasingly being used by insurance companies, employers, utilities and even hospitals for a range of economic decisions despite...
08/04/2011
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Writing for the Massachusetts Municipal Advocate Magazine, Patrick Bresette explicates the causes of and solutions to the distrust in government so prevalent in our country.  “Negative views of government are indeed dominant, but these views are not as entrenched as many believe. There are...
07/13/2011
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