Federal Aid for Jobs and Essential Public Goods and Services

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On July 13-14, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland, representatives from more than 80 organizations from 23 states convened to discuss the need for a national response to the national recession. The goal was to kick-off a grassroots organizing drive in support of extending federal recovery aid to communities throughout the United States.

The conference, organized by the Institute for Wisconsin's Future and funded by the Ford Foundation, concluded with an awareness of the need to work together, share strategies and materials, and organize others by holding similar meetings in their state or region.

Public Works is pleased to provide this Webpage to support this effort. Here you will find materials made available by meeting organizers, presenters, and fellow participants, along with additional resources to help state groups as they move forward.

The first section contains, Making the Case for Federal Support to the States, a document that offers ideas, strategies, and specific advice on how to effectively make the case for more federal recovery funding. This document complies the core communications recommendations that emerged from the conference discussions.
It is informed by research on Government & the Economy conducted for Public Works:The Demos Center for the Public Sector by the Topos Partnership.  

After the conference, an incentive award program was created by the Ford Foundation for organizations who actively apply the lessons that emerged from the meeting in op-eds or other persuasive communications about the importance of federal funding in the states.  

Communication Strategies and Techniques

Making the Case for Federal Support to the States to create jobs, protect essential public structures and rebuild our economy.

Beyond "Living Within Our Means."  Government spending during economic downturns improves economic conditions. How do advocates for a strong public sector deal with widespread perceptions that government deficits and overspending create a bad economy? 

In this report, the Topos Partnership for the Ford Foundation presents effective tools for communicating the role of government spending in our public structures. 

Research Reports on Government and the Economy. Topos Partnership for Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector.

Conference Presentations and Exercises  

Demanding State Support (PDF).  Meg Bostrom.Topos Partnership. 

Education Votes. Mary Kusler. National Education Association.  

Government, the Economy and We the People (PDF). Topos Partnership. And, the accompanying exercises and suggested answers. Patrick Bresette. Public Works: The Dēmos Center for the Public Sector.  

Progressive Federal Revenue Options. John Irons. Economic Policy Institute.  

The Financial Speculation Tax: A New Revenue Source for State and Local Governments. Dean Baker. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

The Housing Crash Recession: How we got here and how we get out. Dean Baker. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). 

Presentations and Resource Materials for Your Use

Fighting for Wisconsin Families. Karen Royster. Institute for Wisconsin's Future. 

Timeline of Key Deregulatory Events. Dean Baker. Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

From The Field

Oshkosh Stimulus

"Oshkosh Stimulus." Tom Willadsen. Citizens for A Strong Oshkosh.

"Stimulus Funding Success in Oregon." U.S. Department of the Interior.

Keep us on the Road to Recovery. Jeff Shaw. North Carolina Justice Center.
What our Recovery Requires. Edwin McLenaghan. North Carolina Budget & Tax Center.
A Foundation for Economic Recovery. Clifford Ginn. Opportunity Maine.  Published in The Journal Tribune. Sept. 25, 2010.  
Financial Speculation Tax Talking Points. Mary Bottari. Center for Media and Democracy.

Financial Speculation Tax Op-ed. Mary Bottari. Center for Media and Democracy.

Community Organizing Tool Kit

The templates in this section are provided by the Institute for Wisconsin Future to assist you in setting up local or state-wide meetings. Simply download the materials, insert the name of your city or state, and change the details to meet your needs.

Recommended Reading   

American Jobs Plan: A Five Point Plan to Stem the U.S. Jobs Crisis.  Economic Policy Institute Research and Analysis Report. (PDF version)

Cheaper Than You Think -- Why Smart Efforts to Spur Jobs Cost Less than Advertised.  Josh Bivens and Kathryn Anne Edwards. Economic Policy Institute Memorandum. May, 18 2010. (PDF version)

Could the Right to Rent Stop the Foreclosure Hurricane? (PDF). Greg Kaufmann. The National. June 23, 2010.

Deficit Reduction Should Take a Back Seat to Job Creation.  John Irons. Testimony before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Financial Reform. June 30, 2010.  (PDF version)

Dire States: State and Local Budget Relief Needed. Ethan Pollack. Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper. November 19, 2009. (PDF version) 

Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator. Center for Economic and Policy Research.  (PDF version).  

Job Sharing:Tax Credits to Prevent /Layoffs and Stimulate Employment. Dean Baker. Center for Economic and Policy Research Issue Brief. October 2009.  (PDF version).

Local Government Job Losses Hurt Entire Economy.  Ethan Pollack. Economic Policy Institute. May 27, 2010.  (PDF version) 

New CBO Report Find Recovery Act has Preserved or Created up to 2.8 million Jobs (PDF). Michael Leachman. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Special Series: Economic Recovery Watch. May 26, 2010.

New Jobs Bill would Create or Save Well Over A Million Jobs.  Ross Eisenbrey. Economic Policy Institute Policy Memo. May 25, 2010. (PDF version)

Prospects for Employment Growth: Is Additional Stimulus Needed. Lawrence Mishel. Economic Policy Institute. Testimony before the Committee on Financial Services. February 23, 2010. (PDF version)

The Right Prescription for an Ailing Economy (PDF). Dean Baker. The Nation. June 30, 2010

Top 1% Leaving Others in the Dust. Arloc Sherman. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. June 25, 2010. (PDF version)

Top 10 Reasons Congress Needs to Stand Tall on Stimulus. Chad Stone. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. June 18, 2010. (PDF version)

Topos on Framing (PDF). Topos Partnership. July 2010. 

Who's Deficit Is It, Anyway?
Kathy Ruffing. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. June 11, 2010. (PDF version)


ProPublica: Recovery Tracker. Look up recovery projects in your community with this comprehensive tool that analyzes stimulus spending by county and state.

War Supplemental: Estimated federal support for education jobs, by state (PDF). Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. 

What States and the Economy Lost When the Senate Jobs Bill Failed: Data on How Much Medicaid Aid each State Lost (PDF). Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Staying Informed 

Use the resources in this section to stay up to date on the Federal Recovery Act and related congressional legislation.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:Recession and Recovery. Includes the special series: Economic Recovery Watch.

Economic Policy Institute.

ProPublica on Stimulus and Recovery.


Government Accountability Office (GAO). Following the Money:GAO's oversight of the Recovery Act 

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