State Revenues from Gambling Show Weakness Despite Gambling Expansion
States’ revenues from gambling showed soft growth at 0.6 percent in fiscal 2014, despite expansion of various gambling activities in recent years. In fiscal 2014, revenue collections from lotteries and racinos grew by 0.6 and 1.5 percent, respectively, while revenue collections from casinos declined by 1.4 percent. The expansion of gambling across the nation created stiff competition for certain regions of the nation and heightened rivalry for the same pool of consumers.
The Learning Evolution: How Technology is Transforming the Classroom of Tomorrow
What’s next for technology-driven teaching and learning? Ben Wildavsky, director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute, and Jeffrey Selingo, professor of practice at Arizona State University, offer a cheat sheet for understanding changes that lie ahead in the higher ed technology world. They argue that technological changes to higher education, from blended learning to personalized measurement of how students learn best, will take place incrementally yet result in a very different higher education landscape within the next decade or two. To engage the next generation of students, leaders of bricks-and-mortar institutions must keep an eye on opportunities provided by the fast-approaching digital future.
The Pew Charitable Trusts and Rockefeller Institute Report on Managing Volatile Tax Collections in State Revenue Forecasts
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Rockefeller Institute have released a report designed to help policymakers better understand how volatile state taxes affect the accuracy of revenue projections. It examines data from 1987 through 2013 and reveals that predicting how much money state governments will raise has become more difficult than ever. The increase in revenue forecast errors is due largely to the growing volatility of tax collections across the states. From 2000 to 2013, the size of fluctuations in tax revenue rose in 42 states. And although no state can entirely eliminate forecasting errors, this study identifies three ways to help them manage volatility.
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Revenue Collections Resume Growth in Third Quarter of 2014
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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ACA Implementation Research Network
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;
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.
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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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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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.