Having lost more than 143,000 jobs since the financial industry set off the Great Recession in 2008, Massachusetts's economy and its middle class depend more than ever on the health of our small businesses. Yet the engine of a thriving small business economy — affordable credit — has stalled...
Today's young adults are coming of age in a tough economy, on the heels of 30 years of declining economic opportunity and security for all but the most affluent and most highly educated. These changes are quite evident in Michigan, where the once-mighty manufacturing sector that provided better-...
For far too long, brokers have been selling their older clients complex investments known as structured products. These products are so risky, and so costly in fees, that some of them are almost sure money losers. They entered retirement portfolios like Trojan horses, and then destroyed people’s...
Maine can put deposits of state tax revenue to use in ways that tilt the economic playing field back toward Main Street businesses, our community banks, and long-term job growth. A Maine Street Economic Development Bank—like the successful Bank of North Dakota—will generate new revenue for Maine,...
The Housing Crisis and How to Fix It. This special report by Demos and The American Prospect includes articles by Dan Immergluck, Mike Konczal, Rebecca Ruiz, James Carr, Marcus Stanely, Alyssa Katz, and Barry Zigas.
Across the country, states are considering proposals to move general revenue deposits out of the Wall Street banks that dominate the banking business today, and use them to capitalize a new local public structure with a mission to grow the local economy. A “Main Street Partnership Bank” would be...
Washington can put deposits of state tax revenue to use in ways that tilt the economic playing field back toward Main Street businesses and our community banks, local infrastructure investments and long-term job growth. A Washington Investment Trust—like the successful Bank of North Dakota—will...
Summary Hawaii can put deposits of our state tax revenue to use in ways that create local jobs by tilting the economic playing field back toward our neighborhood businesses and state-chartered and community banks. A Hawaii Partnership Bank—like the successful Bank of North Dakota—will generate new...
We have analyzed the likely impact on voter turnout should West Virginia adopt Same Day Registration (SDR).1 Under a system proposed2 in West Virginia, eligi- ble voters who miss the current deadline for reg- istering may be able to register to vote during the state’s 17-day early voting period.3...
On March 29th, 2011 Public Works hosted a webinar on ways to take advantage of tax season as an opportunity to communicate a different story about the role of taxes in our country. While it focuses on Tax Freedom Day, it includes universal examples for any situation. This guide provides strategies...