Reports

 

Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Hazards

Published: 2015

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely to live near dangerous chemical facilities than whites and people with incomes above the poverty line.


 

A Tale of Two Retirements: Changing the Rules that Allow Platinum Pensions for CEOs and Increase Retirement Insecurity for the Rest of Us

Published: 2015

Retirement benefits for CEOs at corporations have exploded while the rest of Americans struggle to save for retirement. Just look at this statistic: the 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion. That’s equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American families!


 

Blowing Smoke: Chemical Companies Say “Trust Us,” But Environmental and Workplace Safety Violations Belie Their Rhetoric

Published: October 2015

Large chemical companies and their major trade association and lobbying arm, the American Chemistry Council, say they can maintain high safety standards through self-regulation and voluntary actions. Our report finds this isn’t the case. Voluntary standards don’t work, and existing regulations are not effectively enforced.


 

gasping-for-supportGasping for Support: Implementation of Tougher Air Quality Standards Will Require New Funds for State Agencies

Published: May 2015

New scientific research shows that the current levels of air pollution that we believed to be safe can actually cause serious damage to our health. This new information underscores the urgency for tougher clean air standards.


 

 chemical-hazardsChemical Hazards in Your Backyard

Published: April 2015

Now more than two years after the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, this report asks the question that haunted the community in the aftermath of the tragedy: why didn’t the people who arrived to help fight the fire know that extremely flammable and explosive materials were inside?


 

burning-our-bridgesBurning Our Bridges: Cutting Offshore Tax Rates Won’t Fund Our Infrastructure or Create Jobs

Published: April 2015

This report identifies the 26 U.S. corporations with the largest stockpiles of untaxed overseas profits and analyzes how much they could help meet U.S. infrastructure needs if these firms paid the taxes they owe on their offshore profits (but can legally put off paying).


 

reducing-our-exposure

Reducing Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals: Stronger State Health Protections at Risk

 Published: March 2015

Now more than two years after the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, this report asks the question that haunted the community in the aftermath of the tragedy: why didn’t the people who arrived to help fight the fire know that extremely flammable and explosive materials were inside?


 

making-the-gradeMaking the Grade: Access to Information Scorecard 2015

Published: March 2015

We conducted our second annual analysis of the performance of the 15 federal agencies that consistently receive the most Freedom of Information Act requests. Most agencies have improved, but scores are once again low overall.


 

 dashboard2016 Public Protections Budget Dashboard

Published: 2015

The Center for Effective Government has developed this simple dashboard to help provide the public and the media with a simple entry point for learning more about our government’s efforts to protect the public.


 

gaming-the-rulesGaming the Rules: How Big Business Hijacks the Small Business Review Process to Weaken Public Protections

Published: November 2014

By law, three federal agencies – the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – are required to convene a small business review panel any time they plan to issue a rule that could have a significant economic impact on small businesses.


 

fleecing-uncle-samFleecing Uncle Sam: A Growing Number of Corporations Spend More on Executive Compensation than Federal Income Taxes

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Of America’s 30 largest corporations, seven paid their CEOs more last year than they paid in federal income taxes.


 

 kids-in-danger-zonesKids in Danger Zones

Published: September 2014

One in every three schoolchildren in America today attends a school within the vulnerability zone of a hazardous chemical facility.


 

benefits-public-protectionsThe Benefits of Public Protections: Ten Rules That Save Lives and Protect the Environment

Published: July 2014

This report examines the public health, worker safety, and environmental benefits projected from ten proposed or final rules issued between 2009 and 2014 by five federal agencies.


 

bridge-to-prosperityThe Bridge to Prosperity: Reverse Reckless Cuts, Restore Our Infrastructure, and Revive Jobs

Published: December 2013. Updated and re-released in May 2014.

We can invest in infrastructure and jobs if we recapture the $150 billion of tax revenue that leaks out of the Treasury every year, by plugging the corporate tax loopholes that wealthy individuals and prosperous multinational corporations use to avoid paying taxes.


 

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