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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Tax Reform in the 113th Congress: An Overview of Proposals

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Taxes

Reviews the need for tax reform to create a simpler and fairer system and proposals offered in the 113th Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


Minimum Wages for Tipped Employees

Categories: Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

Features a table with state figures for January 2014 wages for tipped employees including minimum cash wage and basic combined cash and tip minimum wage rate.  Also includes annual tables back to 2003.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Highway Bridge Conditions: Issues for Congress

Categories: Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Public Works,Transportation

Discusses the extent of the current problem with structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges in the U.S., the federal role in funding and maintaining bridges, and recent proposed legislation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


Investigation of the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Sex Issues,Women

Reports on findings of Justice Department investigation of allegations of sexual abuse of prisoners in an Alabama state prison.   From the Justice Department


Federal Workforce: Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation

Categories: Govt Finance,Govt Personnel

In 2012 personnel costs for current and former federal civilian employees represented about 26% of total discretionary spending.  This report examines employment trends of federal civilian personnel from 2004 to 2012 and the extent to which federal civilian employee compensation has changed and reasons for the change.  From the Government Accountability Office


Financial Burden of Medical Care: A Family Perspective

Categories: Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Statistics

Reports that 1 in 5 persons are in a family having problems paying medical bills.  This report explores selected family demographic characteristics and their association with financial burdens related to medical care.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Wetlands: An Overview of Issues

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Property Rights

Describes what wetlands are and the controversies that have arisen in regard to federal regulations, especially those targeted to private lands.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center


Final Sequestration Report for Fiscal Year 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics

Estimates the caps on budget authority for FY2014 at $605 billion for defense programs and $504 billion for nondefense programs.  Also covers limits on discretionary budget authority for 2015 through 2021.  From the Congressional Budget Office