Monthly Archives: May 2008

New Research: One-Third of Alaska's Jobs are "Bad Jobs"

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) was established in 1999 to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives. CEPR is committed to presenting issues in an accurate and understandable manner, so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options. Toward this end, CEPR conducts both professional research and public education.

CEPR has an excellent website which is an invaluable resource for national and state-specific research. A recent study, Working Families and Economic Insecurity in the States: The Role of Job Quality and Work Supports, provides information on job quality and the economic security of working families in the states in the first half of the current decade. It also quantifies the important role that public work supports—benefits for workers such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and child care assistance—play in helping workers make ends meet.

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Keep Coal Out of Our Energy Future

I would like to bring to your attention a new informative and well-documented publication from Cook Inletkeeper, Alaska Coal Primer: The ABC’s of Coal in Alaska. In addition, here is a recent communication from Cook Inletkeeper that outlines the policy issues and how you can influence them:

Help shape Alaska’s energy policy! Tell AEA the best way to power Alaska! The Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) is holding a series of Energy Plan Town Hall Meetings across the state. AEA is most interested in hearing how to address rising energy prices across the state.

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Tracking Money in State Politics: Who Do You Want to Investigate?

With a name like National Institute on Money in State Politics, you can imagine the possibilities, and they are realized on this site.

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. Our comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available for free through our Web site We encourage transparency and promote independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.

It would be easy to spend hours on this site, exploring all the different analytic possibilities, reading the special reports, and investigating your “favorite” Alaskan legislators and politically influential industries. For example, the state overview feature allows you to view money given to candidates and committees in Alaska in a particular election. You can see state totals as well as for specific races and candidates. Money is broken down into top contributors, industries, political parties, and candidates. Here are some Alaska examples for the 2006 election cycle:

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