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How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison
A new report by the Fordham Institute describes just how powerful the teachers unions truly are and what their presence means for education reform. “The study analyzed factors ranging from union membership and revenue to state bargaining laws to campaign contributions, and included such measures such as the alignment between specific state policies and traditional union interests and a unique stakeholder survey.”
How to Get a Budget Deal Instead of the Cliff
The 4% Growth Project recommends this opinion piece by Alex Blinder from the Wall Street Journal. Blinder asks Congress in an open letter to avoid the fiscal cliff stating, “If you take between 3% and 4% of total spending out of an economy, a recession is very likely to follow.”
The Freedom Collection recommends this article by Steven A. Cook in Foreign Policy about the current unrest in Egypt, making the argument that current political instability in Egypt is not motivated by a uniting cause like democracy, which unseated Hosni Mubarak. According to Cook, the current instability can be traced back to the Arab Spring when the Egyptian military failed to establish a political transition from Mubarak-era autocracy to a democratic system.
TARIFF-IED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.