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Friday, January 30, 2015


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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.
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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.

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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The Institute in the news...

“Kansas Faces Additional Revenue Shortfalls After Tax Cuts”

; The New York Times
The Times highlights recent Institute research on states tax revenues.

“U.S. News rolls out global university rankings, with some surprises”

; The Washington Post
Senior Fellow Ben Wildavsky comments on the latest U.S. New & World Report’s university rankings.

“Solar power is casting a bigger shadow”

; CBS Money Watch
An Institute Observation by Senior Fellow James Fossett and others is cited.

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