Archive for April, 2013

New Jersey’s Failing Infrastructure

Superstorm Sandy is not the only culprit in New Jersey’s deteriorating transport, electric, and water/wastewater systems. Other priorities, deferred maintenance and lack of upgrades have produced a weakened state backbone. According to Facing Our Future, this state needs to spend $70 billion to correct the glaring deficiencies highlighted in this report; $40 billion alone for the water sector. “This report presents a vision for infrastructure needs within each of three prioritized areas and discusses those needs in the historical context of long-standing neglect and under-funding. The report also identifies funding ideas to support the investments, and provides recommendations for how to achieve the required funding for each area…”(5) Links to federal and state reports featured in this report, as well as additional studies, are available. A podcast on this report is at NJ Spotlight (one of our favorite New Jersey issues-oriented sites); news reports/editorials are at The Star-Ledger, Press of Atlantic City, newjerseynewsroom, and NJ 101.5. Recently, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its highly regarded 2013 Report of America’s Infrastructure; the state report for New Jersey makes for interesting reading.

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Racial Disparities In Wealth Building

According to this Urban Institute report – Less Than Equal: Racial Disparities in Wealth Accumulation – whites had double the income of Hispanics and blacks but six times the wealth in 2010. This has been an ongoing process for decades. It must be remembered that the term ‘wealth” includes not only income but insurance, savings, pensions, the ability to get loans for homes and cars(these are also indicators of wealth), and the means of passing along material goods to the younger generation (inheritance); all these are assets that need to be factored into the wealth equation. Other informative Institute reports in its series entitled “The Changing Wealth of Americans”  include:  Changes in Wealth of Low-Income Neighborhood Residents: A Local View of the Financial Crisis; Does Financial Support and Inheritance Contribute to the Racial Wealth Gap?, and Coping with the Great Recession: Disparate Impacts on Economic Well-Being in Poor Neighborhoods among others. Its home page also features timely blog entries and “major media coverage.” This is a site is constantly updated with current reports and information. This 2013 report from Brandeis University supports the Institute contentions – The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide as does this 2011 document from the Pew Research Center –  Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between White, Black, Hispanics.

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Stacks of Statistics

Since 2013 is the International Year of Statistics, we strongly urge you to visist Statistics Resources and Big Data on the Internet 2013 for national and international facts and figures from a plethora of sources. And many of the major foreign sites present their findings in English.

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Hudson County Gets an “F” For Air Quality

That is what the American Lung Association gives the county in its annual State of the Air Report.  As the report states: “If you live in Hudson County, the air you breathe may put your health at risk.” However, we are not alone; most of the state rates an “F” with the exception of Atlantic, Cumberland and Passaic counties that rate a not-much-better grade of “D”. You can read the whole report(179 pages), skip to the key findings, or compare cities.

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Recent Cybersecurity Reports

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Free Access to The New York Times Video Library

For some time, The New York Times had erected a paywall around some of its features, including the video library. Now, with underwriting from corporate sponsors, this valuable learning tool is once again free. Covering the world, arts, science, business and other topics, these films can act as useful adjuncts for current events research.

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During the Economic Recovery, the Rich Got Richer While the Other 93% Lost Wealth

According to the Pew Research Center’s report – A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93% – in the economic recovery during 2009-2011, the net worth per household of the top 7% gained 28% while the other 93% registered a 4% decrease. Numerous charts reinforce this bleak document.

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