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Reports on Need for New Government Investments for Economic Recovery, Diversity in State Judicial Campaigns, and More
Julie Bero on January 14, 2010 - 2:05pm
Reports on the need for new government investments for economic recovery:
- Private sources of spending cannot support job growth - This economic snapshot by the Economic Policy Institute shows that public investments in the last year were critical in stemming economic collapse this past year and why additional public spending is so critical.
- State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price - This report highlights how millions of children are feeling the effects of the economic downturn as states cut basic services and programs. It highlights why new federal funding for key programs are critical for both job creation and serving the needs of the next generation.
Diversity in State Judicial Campaigns, 2007-2008 - Money and incumbency are overwhelming determinants in who wins state judicial elections and this reality impacts racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the nation's courts, according to this report by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. The report also found that candidates in partisan judicial elections, where they are listed on the ballot with a party affiliation, averaged up to three times more money than those in nonpartisan or retention races.
Right-Sizing Prisons: Business Leaders Make the Case for Corrections Reform - This Pew Center report features how around the country, business leaders are advocating for public safety policies that control corrections costs, keep communities safe and ensure states have the workforce they need for a thriving economy. They have highlighted how the costs of prisons are undermining spending on education and other services vital to long-term business success in states.
The Alliance for Health Reform held a briefing on Friday, January 8th analyzing the policy and implementation issues of health insurance exchanges. Both House and Senate reform bills include an exchange, but the proposals differ in several important aspects. One major difference is that the House proposal would set up a national exchange, with states having the right to opt out; the Senate version envisions state exchanges. The Alliance briefing examines the strengths and weaknesses of both and includes the speakers' presentations and a number of analytic and related resource materials. Among the resource materials are Health Insurance Exchanges in Healthcare. Reform: Legal and Policy Issues (The Commonwealth Fund) and Implementation and Enforcement of Health Care Reform - Federal versus State Government (The New England Journal of Medicine). The briefing and speakers' presentations can be viewed via webcast or podcast.
2010 Election Administration Policy Recommendations - Project Vote has released a series of summaries of election administration in 11 states with recommendations on policies that would improve election practices in each. The states covered are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia.