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Dear Supporter,

Since 2008, home values in the top 2012 battleground states have fallen by an average of 16%--or by nearly $28,000.

As we continue our series of five ideas for the President's State of the Union address next week, PPI is releasing a new report today arguing that home values, second only to jobs, will be a key battleground issue this year. 

IDEA #3: Rescue underwater homeowners; restore homeownership wealth

In "Underwater: Home Values in 2012 Battleground States," we looked at home values in 16 potential battleground states from 2008 to 2011. We find both an enormous loss of middle-class wealth and a potentially potent political issue. We also offer up some practical first steps toward restoring home values

MORE IN OUR SERIES:
IDEA #1: Scraping regulatory barnacles off the economy—A Regulatory Improvement Commission

IDEA #2: Starting up start-ups--Improving access to credit and access to capital for smaller businesses

COMING TOMORROW:
IDEA #4: Off-year fundraising timeouts to break the hold of money over politics

Best,

Will

Will Marshall
President, Progressive Policy Institute

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