In this edition of Brookings Data Now: ALEC’s influence on state legislatures; Kuwait a leading donor for Syrian refugees; private charitable development donations in the U.S. outpace official amounts; and county-level tax burdens compared.
Sample size in a new survey of ALEC model bills introduced in state legislatures in 2011-12
The most common of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s model bills in the sample were about immigration and the environment.
Amount of Kuwaiti government grants for humanitarian aid work related to Syrian refugees
With an additional $183 million from Kuwait’s independent charities, Kuwait is the largest non-Western donor in charitable giving for the Syrian crisis.
Amount in 2010 contributed by U.S. religious groups, NGOs and charitable organizations to international development causes
Official U.S. development assistance was $30 billion.
Percent of U.S. counties with an average federal income tax burden over $6,700
The overall U.S. average across counties is $3,400.
Colleen Lineweaver contributed to this post.