Winter 2004-Vol. 14, No. 1
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Worker’s Compensation: State Report Cards
A state report card published by the Work Loss Data Institute that rates the effectiveness of individual states and territories in limiting the number of workplace injuries and illnesses. The eight states and territories that flunked may be unexpected.

Only the “Rich-Folks” Pay Taxes
Ever wonder who pays the most taxes? New data from the Internal Revenue Service shows that the top half of wage earners are paying most of the federal income taxes in the United States. This analysis identifies what percent of the tax burden the top 1%, 5%, 10% and 50% of wage earners pays.

Strange Bedfellows: Teamsters, Auto Workers, and Trial Lawyers
Labor unions and trial lawyers were the largest contributors to Democratic Political Action Committees in the 2001-2002 elections cycle. What’s more, new data suggests the Teamsters largesse will increase in effort to reclaim the White House and Congress in 2004 for the Democratic Party.

Manufacturing Juggernaut Ahead?
New data from the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) and Grubb & Ellis suggests a manufacturing boom may be right around the corner.

Economic Liberty = Prosperity
This study examines the link between a countries level of economic freedom and the level of prosperity in that country. The United States ranks high in this index, but Europe is the big winner.

Ten Gallon Tort Reform
A map identifying the American Tort Reform Associations list of “judicial hellholes” and how these areas correlate with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranking of state’s liability systems is an almost exact match.

And Speaking of Stupid Lawsuits
A recent lawsuit brought against Southwest Airlines magnifies the need for tort reform in much of the U.S.

Electricity Capacity Glut
The U.S. electric-power industry enticed by the promise of deregulated markets, has added more generating plants and capacity than will be needed for years to come.