Public Structures

Cuomo has made the politically expedient shortcut routine for major bills, just months after a judge chastised the practice. Even good-government groups that howled when previous governors used the measure far less frequently accepted it last week, which also happened to be the annual Sunshine Week...
03/19/2012
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What are people angry about?  In a series of 41 well-chosen slides making the rounds on the internet, financial analyst Henry Blodgett graphically demonstrates the distortions in the distribution of income, the dimensions of the unemployment problem, and various indicators of the...
10/21/2011
Blog
In spite of the ostensible tidal wave of recent anti-government sentiment, Patrick Bresette—Associate Program Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector—reminds us that public support for the core functions of government still exist. “Contradictions in public opinion reveal...
06/13/2011
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Dianne Stewart (Director of Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector) reminds us that “taxes are our contribution to something important that is bigger than we are.” Paying taxes is our way of ensuring that the quality of life we enjoy endures, in this way we are stewards of the common...
04/17/2011
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This short presentation addresses how to communicate about taxes more productively. This video describes the prevailing themes in anti-tax rhetoric and includes tools to foster a more pragmatic discussion about the role that taxes play in our society. For this discussion to be fruitful, the public...
11/15/2010
Video
To avoid either a double-dip recession or, worse, prolonged deflation, Obama has to convince a GOP House, and an ever-more vitriolic electorate, to tolerate more governmental intervention to stimulate a still desperately weak economy. Confident that the voters would sign onto an expansive role for...
11/13/2010
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Dominant public perceptions of government undermine efforts to engage citizens in the day-to-day work of the public sector and the many challenges, decisions and competing priorities that face our public systems. However, it is possible to create a more productive conversation about government if...
09/03/2010
Publication
Public Works began this far-reaching effort with groundbreaking analysis and thorough, multifaceted research that examined Americans' attitudes toward the public sector. This research, which was originally conducted in 2004–2005 by the FrameWorks Institute and re–tested in 2008–2009 by the Topos...
05/06/2010
Publication
Getting back to Government as “Us”—as our tool for getting things done –is an essential ingredient for winning tax and revenue debates.  At the beginning of 2010, Oregon voters approved two tax increases that had been passed by the legislature and were being challenged at the ballot.  ...
02/05/2010
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Paving the Way is part of a larger effort undertaken by the Topos Partnership and Public Works to create more constructive public dialog about public policy and economic outcomes. Promoting Broad Prosperity contains the complete findings and recommendations from this body of research...
12/11/2009
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