The Wonk Salon, June 27, 2011

The Decline of Michigan’s Middle Class
Demos

Michigan once had a prosperous middle class, now it doesn’t. Middle-income workers aren’t getting their “fair share” of the income pie. The Top 1% of earner take home more pay than the entire middle class combined.

Gearing up for 21st-Century Law Enforcement Threats
Heritage Foundation
Coping with the rise of the lone-wolf terrorist and other home-grown terrorist threats require a cultural shift among federal and local law enforcement authorities across the country.

How to Make Work Sharing Work
Center for Economic and Policy Research
Instead of laying people off, let’s share jobs. The idea has worked well in Germany, and it could work in the United States, too, if the states made a few tweaks to their unemployment compensation programs.

Salvaging the Federal Flood Insurance Program
Government Accountability Office
The National Flood Insurance Program is $17.8 billion in debt to the U.S. Treasury. A string of disasters could push it into insolvency. The solution: Charge premiums that fully reflect the risks of building in flood-prone areas.


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