Good News for Private Sector Jobs, Bad News for State-Local Government Jobs
The new employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on January 9th, showed strong growth in private sector employment, but a rather gloomy picture for state and local government jobs. The longer-term trends indicate no rebounding in government employment. For the nation as a whole, state and local government employment is down 3.0 percent, or 598,000 jobs, from the peak level recorded in August 2008.
Virginia Affordable Care Act Opponents Thwart Full Implementation
Researchers from The Commonwealth Institute, a leading Richmond, Virginia-based policy center, have pointed to the effectiveness of opponents of the Affordable Care Act in blocking full implementation of key provisions of the law in Virginia, despite support for broadening the state’s Medicaid program by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Virginia report is the twenty-first baseline study completed by a 36-state network led by the Rockefeller Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kansas Affordable Care Act (ACA) Report Chronicles the Impact of Politics on Implementation
Researchers at the Kansas Health Institute have just released their baseline report from Kansas and are highlighting the diverse approaches to ACA implementation taken by Kansas state elected officials to the level of the governor. The Kansas report is the 19th baseline study to come out of the 36-state network established by the Rockefeller Institute, in conjunction with the Brookings Institution and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania, to examine the implementation of the ACA.
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Sunshine After the Rain: Revenue Collections Resume Growth After Declines in the First Half of 2014
After falling short in the first half of 2014, state tax revenues resumed growth in the third quarter of 2014. Tax revenues are expected to show further growth throughout the rest of state fiscal year 2015, if economic growth accelerates as expected. Personal income tax collections rose by 4.3 percent and sales tax collections grew by 5.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Only seven states reported declines in overall tax collections.
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Twenty-One Baseline Reports In, with More to Come
The Rockefeller Institute of SUNY, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of the University of Pennsylvania are coordinating a network of indigenous field researchers in 36 states to analyze the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Network aims to provide accessible, user-friendly, clear, and objective reports that can assist the public, governments, service providers, and experts in the process of reforming American health care. To date, 21 baseline state reports have been published, along with two regional overview reports on state experiences in the West and the South. More reports will be uploaded soon. To access the reports and other information on this long-term project, including C-SPAN coverage of our recent release of reports on the southern states, go to the Network’s website at the following link:
Michigan ACA Study Highlights Alternative Techniques for Medicaid Expansion
The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan has released a baseline report on Michigan’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which shows that the alternative approach to passing and implementing Medicaid expansion in Michigan — a state led by a Republican governor — can be a model for other states with bipartisan or Republican-led governments seeking Medicaid expansion. This is the most recent of the state reports of the 36-state ACA implementation network, a collaborative endeavor of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Rockefeller Institute Researchers Present at National Public Policy Conference
Senior Fellow Swati Desai and Director Thomas Gais both delivered papers at the 2014 Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), held in Albuquerque, NM, on November 6-8. Dr. Desai, who also serves on APPAM’s policy council, presented “WorkFirst Works for Single Homeless Men,” based on an evaluation RIG conducted in New York City. Dr. Gais presented “Trialing for the Public Good: Building Effective Programs from the Ground Up,” which discusses the potential for continuous, small-scale experimentation in the public sector.
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Growing Volatility in State Tax Revenue Is Driving Forecasting Errors
According to a new technical report released by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, increases in state revenue forecasting errors during the recent recession were driven by increases in revenue volatility. The report discusses how revenue forecasting errors have changed in recent years and examines the relationship between revenue forecasting accuracy and (1) tax revenue volatility, (2) timing and frequency of forecasts, and (3) forecasting institutions and processes.
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Cybersecurity Crosses Sectors and Levels of Government: Learning from Recent Federal Efforts
In this Observation piece, Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Brian Nussbaum looks at how the U.S. government has recently detailed roles and responsibilities for cybersecurity involving the efforts of government players at the federal level (including the military, law enforcement, and other security agencies). It argues a comparable framework for state and local governments, as well as corporations and not-for-profits, would be valuable. Through utilization of various capabilities, often across levels of government and across sectors, the piece argues that we can take advantage of the best of the capabilities of involved actors at the same time we realize the enhanced benefit that results from “cross-sector coordination.”
State Governments Leverage Higher Education in International Engagement
In an illuminating new report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Jason Lane and colleagues Taya Owens and Patrick Ziegler analyze the emerging role that states play in promoting the internationalization of higher education institutions. Through these efforts, the researchers suggest, colleges and universities engaged in international activity strengthen economic development and public diplomacy.
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About the Open Health Data, Open Opportunities Workshop
How can releasing millions of data points improve the health of New Yorkers? This interactive workshop brought together researchers and practitioners to explore how open health data can be a viable new resource for health research and developing innovative health interventions.