Reports & Papers

CPR White Papers and Issue Alerts offer timely and thoughtful analysis on current policy issues, spanning the full range of environmental, health, safety and regulatory issues.

Memo to the Next President: A Progressive Vision of Government and Protective Safeguards
Type: Reports (Aug. 3, 2016)
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Author(s): Alejandro Camacho, Robert Glicksman, David Driesen, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Joseph Tomain, Robert Verchick, James Goodwin
Barack Obama's Path to Progress in 2015-16: Thirteen Essential Regulatory Actions [UPDATED]

In 2014, the Center for Progressive Reform issued a report identifying 13 key regulatory actions that the Obama administration should be certain to finish before June of 2016, in order to ensure that the rules would 1) make it out of the regulatory pipeline during Obama's tenure, and 2) be finalized in time to be safe from repeal by the successor administration. In 2016, CPR followed up to see whether the Obama administration had adopted the necessary sense of urgency. (Read the online version of this report for the 2016 updates.)

Type: Reports (Aug. 1, 2016)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor, James Goodwin, Matt Shudtz, Anne Havemann
OSHA's Discount on Danger: OSHA Should Revise Its Informal Settlement Policies to Maximize the Deterrent Value of Citations

More than 30,000 workers have died as a result of on-the-job injuries since 2009, many because their employers failed to follow safety procedures -- violations for which OSHA imposed fines. But a report from CPR finds that OSHA is routinely discounting those fines, greatly diminishing any deterrent value.

Type: Reports (June 9, 2016)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Katie Tracy
Regulating Forced Arbitration in Consumer Financial Services: Re-Opening the Courthouse Doors to Victimized Consumers
Type: Reports (May 4, 2016)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, James Goodwin, Mollie Rosenzweig
Preventing Death and Injury on the Job: The Criminal Justice Alternative in State Law

Preventing Death and Injury on the Job: The Criminal Justice Alternative in State Law, CPR Paper 1602. This manual begins by explaining why local prosecutors should focus more attention on bringing criminal charges against employers—the business entity as well as responsible executives and managers—in appropriate cases involving the death or serious injury of one or more workers. It also offers an introduction to criminal law and criminal procedure to help advocates understand what charges might apply. Then, this manual discusses how to build a successful campaign, and provides an appendix of helpful resources that advocates can utilize and tailor to fit their campaign.

Type: Reports (March 16, 2016)
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy
Federal White Collar Crime: Six Case Studies Drawn from Ongoing Prosecutions to Protect Public Health, Worker and Consumer Safety, and the Environment

Federal White Collar Crime: Six Case Studies Drawn from Ongoing Prosecutions to Protect Public Health, Worker and Consumer Safety, and the Environment, CPR Issue Alert 1507, by Rena Steinzor, November 2015.

Type: Reports (Nov. 18, 2015)
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Author(s): Rena Steinzor
The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch

The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch, CPR Issue Alert 1506, by CPR Member Scholars William W. Buzbee, David M. Driesen, Kirsten H. Engel, Victor B. Flatt, Robert L. Glicksman, Emily Hammond, Alice Kaswan, Alexandra B. Klass, Thomas O. McGarity, Melissa Powers, and Joseph P. Tomain

Type: Reports (July 30, 2015)
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Author(s): William Buzbee, David Driesen, Kirsten Engel, Victor Flatt, Robert Glicksman, Alice Kaswan, Alexandra Klass, Thomas McGarity, Melissa Powers, Joseph Tomain
Earmarking Away the Public Interest

In Earmarking Away the Public Interest: How Congressional Republicans Use Antiregulatory Appropriations Riders to Benefit Powerful Polluting Industries, CPR's Thomas McGarity, Richard Murphy and James Goodwin explore the ways Republicans in Congress have worked to undercut regulatory safeguards for health, safety and the environment with budget riders.

Type: Reports (July 8, 2015)
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Author(s): Richard Murphy, Thomas McGarity, James Goodwin

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