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Saturday, August 23, 2014
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After Four Years of Uninterrupted Growth,
States Reported Declines in Tax Collections

State tax collections showed a decline of 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, which follows four years of uninterrupted growth. The declines are neither surprising nor a sign of a slowing economy, but more due to the impact of the fiscal cliff, which led taxpayers to shift income from tax year 2013 to tax year 2012 to minimize federal tax liability. Early figures indicate further declines in the second quarter of 2014. However, state tax collections will likely resume the growth in the second half of 2014.
Report             News Release

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.
Report            News Release

Poverty, Innovation, and Evidence-Based Policymaking in NYC

In a new report, the Rockefeller Institute analyzed the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, an innovative institution committed to trying and testing diverse ways of reducing urban poverty and making policy decisions based on the results.

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.
Workshop website

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Rockefeller-Fels Study Examines the National Implementation of the ACA

Determining the effectiveness of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 35 states is the goal of a new research initiative by the Rockefeller Institute of SUNY and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. The collaboration between these two organizations 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.
   The first regional and state reports of the Rockefeller-Fels network, focusing on the Western United States, are being issued before the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Later reports will describe ACA implementation in the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern states. Using a common research format, researchers have produced reports from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington. You may open the state reports by clicking on their names above or from webpages using the link below.
Research website

New Report on Underfunding of Public Pensions

The Rockefeller Institute, in cooperation with the State Budget Crisis Task Force, released a new report on the crisis of underfunding of public sector defined benefit plans at the National Press Club. This is the first in a series of Blinken Reports, annual analyses of key fiscal issues affecting state and local governments.

Political Cooperation in Tackling Sea Level Rise Unlikely

Sea level rise in the Northeast is a regional problem that requires a coordinated regional response. In this report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow James W. Fossett and University of Buffalo Research Professor Kathryn Friedman examine the possibilities for coordinated regional action to address this difficult problem in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.