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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.
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.
Rockefeller-Fels Study to Examine 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.
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U.S. State Government Tax Revenue Rises Third Year to Record; Bloomberg.com
Bloomberg quotes Senior Researcher Donald Boyd in this story on tax revenue increases.
The Institute’s recent pension reform research is cited in this analysis of public pension funding.
Expect heavier rains, more severe flooding in Upstate New York, experts say; The Post-Standard
Lessons learned from the Institute’s forum on severe weather incidents in upstate New York.
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