THE MEASURE OF AMERICA 2010-2011

The Project data which you are about to access is very revealing. The information measures how all 50 states measure up to one another when comparing health, education and income. The American Human Development Project which developed an index which is dedicated to stimulating fact-based public debate about and political attention to issues that affect people’s well-being and access to opportunity in the United States. Read more »

National Building Trades Department Meets in St. Paul

The 68th Building and Construction Trades Department met in St. Paul from August 17th thru August 20th. There are a number of speeches to choose to view, including those of BCTD President Mark Ayers, President of the AFL-CIO Richard Trumka and the BCTD Leadership Team. The Minnesota Building Trades and St. Paul Building Trades Councils were very instrumental in helping the Convention become the success it was.

http://www.buildingtrades.org/#/videos

US Labor Department study underscores positive impact of unemployment insurance

WASHINGTON — On November 11, 2010 The U.S. Department of Labor announced the findings of a multi-year study of the impact of the Unemployment Insurance program in stabilizing the economy during a deep recession. The study was commissioned by the department and undertaken by IMPAQ International LLC and the Urban Institute. Read more »

Report Shows Recovery Act Worked, Calls for State Action on Jobs

Minnesota families need family-sustaining jobs. They don’t need them in a year or a decade; they need jobs now. Read more »

Thoughtless Think Tanks: Factoids v. Facts

Factoid Scholarship and Sound Bite Thinking About the History and Intent of Prevailing Wage Laws

Professor Peter Phillips from the University of Utah wrote a fascinating article about a decade ago. He describes the difference between "factoids" and "facts". This insightful article draws some light onto how news can be presented and absorbed for public consumption. Read more »

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