The Busted Economy as a House Afire

**Update 9/6: Here are a couple charts as visual aids. Approach them cautiously if you’re prone to vertigo.** Over the weekend at CEPR blog, Dean Baker addresses the question, “Are the American people better off than they were four years ago?” The reason we know that the questioners are incompetent reporters is that this is…

Illinois & Stimulus Transparency

[Updates 8/2: Handy ARRA map w/links to state summaries and Illinois’ ARRA site.] We love Good Jobs First because it’s taught us about development subsidies and TIF. This week, GJF released a report rating the quality of each state’s disclosure of its use of funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The…