Monthly Archives: May 2011
Cells For Sale: Understanding Prison Costs And Savings, written by former investigative reporter Bob Paynter for Policy Matters Ohio examines the effects of prison privatization in the Buckeye state, including claims by supporters that the privatization of two state prisons has saved state taxpayers $45 million over the past 10 years. Analyzing those claims in the context of a renewed push for prison privatization by Ohio Governor Kasich, the report concludes that state officials “still hadn’t developed an accurate, reliable way to compute how much, if anything, they had actually saved.”
[Directly excerpted from the Progressive States Network. Download the full report Cells For Sale: Understanding Prison Costs and Savings.]
Unauthorized Immigrants Pay Taxes, Too published by the Immigration Policy Center provides an analysis of undocumented residents’ contributions to state tax coffers via personal income taxes; property taxes; and sales taxes refutes the flawed conventional wisdom on immigrants economic roles. The report found that undocumented immigrants paid over $11 billion in state and local taxes nationwide in 2011 alone.