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  • New Hampshire ACA Report Points to State’s Individual Approach to Adoption
  • Good News for Private Sector Jobs, Bad News for State-Local Government Jobs
  • Michigan ACA Study Highlights Alternative Techniques for Medicaid Expansion
  • A special tribute by General Colin Powell, a friend to Joe Persico.
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Growing Volatility in State Tax Revenue Is Driving Forecasting Errors
  • State Governments Leverage Higher Education in International Engagement
  • Politics of  Sea Level RiseSea level rise in the Northeast is a regional problem that requires a coordinated regional response.
  • New Report on Underfunding of Public Pensions
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Revenue Collections Resume Growth in Third Quarter of 2014


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After two consecutive quarters of declines, total state tax collections grew 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Preliminary data for the October-December 2014 quarter suggest further strength in overall tax collections. However, the growth is not evenly distributed among individual states. Officials in oil-rich states are facing new fiscal challenges due to large drops in oil prices in recent months, and subsequently large declines in severance taxes.
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New Hampshire ACA Report Points to State’s Individual Approach to Adoption


Providence College researchers released a report that outlines the Granite State's approach to implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to the research team, “implementation of the ACA continues to move forward in New Hampshire with bipartisan support from the legislature and strong support from the governor’s office, but policy makers remain committed to a ‘uniquely New Hampshire’ approach to health care reform.” The researchers highlighted New Hampshire’s “strong preference for local control and a well-established tradition of local government.” The New Hampshire report is the 22nd 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.
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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.
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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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ACA Implementation Research Network



Twenty-One Baseline Reports In, with More to Come



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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:

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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.”
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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


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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.
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