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Keeping the Promise of Pre-K: Using Technology to Ensure Quality

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by The Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and ReadyNation New York

Symposium on U.S. Immigration Reform and State-Level Immigration Policymaking

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Light Refreshments 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Symposium 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This symposium is made possible by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and co-sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and The New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet).

Discussing Detroit: The Potential Ripple Effects of the Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in U.S. History and What It Might Mean for New York

Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, the Albany Law School/University at Albany Institute for Financial Market Regulation, and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Joe Persico and FDR: Chronicling the Roosevelt Legacy and the World It Created

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Monday, November 17, 2014
2:00 – 4:00

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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.

“April Surprises” Left Many States with Bad News

Preliminary data for the second quarter of 2014 indicate that state personal income tax collections declined by 7.1 percent. This is the second quarter in a row that states reported declines in personal income tax collections. The declines were much anticipated and were driven by the temporary bubble in income tax collections, mostly attributable to the so-called federal “fiscal cliff.” However, we believe personal income tax collections should resume 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.

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The Institute in the news...

U.S. State Government Tax Revenue Rises Third Year to Record;

Bloomberg quotes Senior Researcher Donald Boyd in this story on tax revenue increases.

Bridgewater: 85 Percent of Public Pension Funds Will Go Bust Within 30 Years;

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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