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Understanding the Economy 2007 & 2008

  • “Scapegoating the economic crisis”. Fall/Winter 2008.
  • “Lobbying and Politics”. January 2008.
  • “Financial Quicksand: Payday lending sinks borrowers in debt with $4.2 billion in predatory fees every year (Executive Summary)”. October 2007.
  • “Latino and African-American workers in the global economy”. May 2007.

Understanding the Economy 2006

  • “Growth in the foreign-born workforce and employment of the native born”. October 2006.
  • “Income inequality has increased in Virginia over the past two decades”. May 2006.
  • “Moral bankruptcy prevails”. Winter 2006.

Understanding the Economy 2005

  • “Unhappy anniversary”. October 2005.
  • “Many States Face Structural Budget Problems”. July 2005.
  • “State spending limits: threats to social services”. April 2005.

Understanding the Economy 2003 & 2004

  • “The capitalist conquest of democracy”. Winter 2004.
  • “With taxes, what you believe in is what you get”. Spring 2004.
  • “Subsidizing the destruction of the commons”. November 2003.
  • “Closing three corporate income tax loopholes would generate $92 million in new revenue”. July 2003.
  • “Tax hikes vs. spending cuts in the VA General Assembly”. April 2003.
  • “Virginia Organizing Project unveils tax reform plan”. January 2003.

Understanding the Economy 2001

  • “Wages and Crime.”. October 2001.
  • “Virginia: Phantom Revenues Allow Expensive Tax Cut to Occur This Year”. October 2001.
  • “Fiscal Virginia: The Tax Commission Report.”. July 2001.
  • “Virginia Taxes Punish the Working Poor”. April 2001.
  • “Fiscal Virginia: Evaluating the System and Fixing the Problems”. April 2001.
  • “Fiscal Virginia: Where the Money Comes From and Where It Goes.”. January 2001.

Understanding the Economy 2000

  • “Virginia Wages: Are We All Better Off?”. October 2000.
  • “Safeguarding Taxpayers Dollars.”. July 2000.
  • “Virginia Rides the New Economy.”. April 2000.
  • “Tultex; a Virginia Victim of Free Trade.”. January 2000.

Understanding the Economy 1998 & 1999

  • “What is Wrong With Inflation ?”. October 1999.
  • “Living Wage at the University of Virginia.”. July 1999.
  • “Some Basics of Econo.0mic Globalization.”. April 1999.
  • “Corporate Welfare: Who Benefits ?”. January 1999.
  • “Earned Income Credit”. October 1998.

Resources for Understanding General Economic Issues

Average Annual Pay (All States)

Average Annual Pay (All MSAs)

Occupational Compensation Surveys (Major MSAs in the U.S.)

Citizens for Tax Justice

United for a Fair Economy

AFL-CIO Economic Policy Papers

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Grassroots Economic Organizing

Heartland Labor Capital Project

The Hidden Entitlements

Multinational Monitor

National Priorities Project

Economic Policy Institute


Tracking Executive Compensation

Securities and Exchange Commission

Executive Paywatch

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