Research and Reports

Climate Change Fact Sheet

This fact sheet looks at some questions and facts about climate change. These questions include:

1) What are climate change and global warming?

2) What causes climate change and global warming?

3) What is the basic scientific proof of climate change?

4) What will happen as a result of climate change?

5) How will climate change affect me?

Climate change is one of the most important issues in our generation. Without significant changes to our carbon emissions, we run the risk of changing the world as we know it. As we discuss political issues with individuals who may or may not agree with us about this issue, it is important to enter those discussions armed with the facts.

Minimum Wage Fact Sheet

The minimum wage has been an important part of United States policy since 1938. It is currently set at $7.25 per hour but that has not always been the case - both in its' purchasing power as well as real dollars.

This fact sheet goes over some key questions about the minimum wage that will help as states and thecountry decide whether or not to increase the minimum wage:

1) What is the minimum wage?

2) What is the history of the minimum wage?

3) What is the purpose of the minimum wage? Is it working?

4) What are some characteristics of minimum wage workers?

Did NAFTA Help Mexico? An Update After 23 Years

This paper from the Center for Economic Policy Research compares the performance of the Mexican economy with that of the rest of the region and with its own economic performance, over the 23 years since NAFTA took effect, based on the available economic and social indicators. Among the results, it finds that Mexico ranks 15th out of 20 Latin American countries in growth of real GDP per person, the most basic economic measure of living standards; Mexico’s poverty rate in 2014 was higher than the poverty rate of 1994; and real (inflation-adjusted) wages were almost the same in 2014 as in 1994. It also notes that if NAFTA had been successful in restoring Mexico’s pre-1980 growth rate — when developmentalist economic policies were the norm — Mexico today would be a high-income country, with income per person comparable to Western European countries. If not for Mexico’s long-term economic failure, including the 23 years since NAFTA, it is unlikely that immigration from Mexico would have become a major political issue in the United States, since relatively few Mexicans would seek to cross the border. 

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Minority Veterans Report: March 2017

Over the past 30 years, racial and ethnic minorities have entered the military in ever-increasing numbers. This report from the Department of Veterans Affairs looks at this population in both the military and as veterans. 

It finds: "In 2014, minorities comprised 22.6 percent of the total Veteran population in the United States" and "By 2040, they are projected to make up 35.7 percent of all living Veterans." The report also chronicles the history of minorities in the military and as Veterans, including providing individual profiles of certain individuals in the military. It also looks at demographic features of these individuals and discusses challenges of minority Veterans in relation to VA. 

"The goal of this report is to gain an understanding of who our minority Veterans are, how their military service affects their post-military lives, and how they can be better served based on these insights."

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