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1 in 5 Americans Will Purchase Health Insurance on an Exchange by 2017

June 4, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Health insurance exchanges have been the source of much debate, but largely among governors and statehouses trying to figure out how they plan to implement one. In practice, these exchanges are supposed to work like Orbitz but for health insurance. Not only will states have their own public exchange, private insurers are also setting up health exchanges.[read more]

Tennessee Pole Tax Bills Draw National Attention on Broadband Taxes

April 2, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Political action committees and concerned citizens of all stripes have come out against two bills in the Tennessee state legislature that would effectively increase taxes paid by utility companies and broadband providers for use of the poles in that state. Both anti-tax groups and broadband access groups are concerned that the bill could limit investment in broadband throughout the state.[read more]

Maryland Introduces Cybersecurity Tax Credit

February 19, 2013 by Bailey McCann

Maryland State Senator Catherine E. Pugh has introduced four bills in this legislative session, and Governor Martin O’Malley has announced a package of initiatives designed to further Maryland’s leadership as a hub for cybersecurity jobs.[read more]

Idaho Adopts Financial Transparency, Puts Records Online

January 15, 2013 by Bailey McCann
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Idaho has launched a new government transparency website which includes downloadable financial reports from public offices over the last several years. The reports range from broad summaries of State revenues and expenditures with easy-to-read charts and graphs, to detailed snapshots of agency-level finances.[read more]

Virginia Governor Calls for $500m for Transportation in 2013

December 9, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has put forward a new transportation goal for 2013, and that goal includes a challenge to legislators – find $500 million in new revenues to pay for it. At the Governor’s annual transportation conference, he laid out is plans for the state’s transportation system.[read more]

New Jersey Senator Gets Tough on Shared Services

December 2, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) has passed a bill through the Senate that would allow the state to get on the shared services bandwagon or face the loss of state aid. New Jersey has been working for the last year to move its many small municipalities on to a shared services model in an effort to control costs, but some cities and townships have been reluctant to move to the model. Now, state officials want to add some teeth to the plan.[read more]

Housing and transportation costs rise, taking over 50% of income in median income households

October 22, 2012 by Bailey McCann

Following up on a housing and transportation cost report released earlier this year, and reported on by CivSource, the Center for Housing Policy—the research affiliate of the National Housing Conference—and the Center for Neighborhood Technology has released a new report – Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to...[read more]

Kerching! Celebrity Guide to Tax Dodging

September 6, 2012 by John Gray

"Featuring all your favourite tax dodgers. You too can avoid your fair share like a celebrity!"[read more]

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Money Management: Tips to Help Your Future

August 22, 2012 by Jim Peters

If you want to “live within your means,” you must first establish what those “means” are. Start with an inventory.[read more]

State budgets slowly bounce back, tax picture remains flat

August 9, 2012 by Bailey McCann
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State budgets are much improved since the end of the Great Recession, but they still face considerable challenges. Ten states are reporting that they will end FY 2012 with year-end balances of ten percent or more, an improvement over the years coming out of the 2008 financial crisis where many states were lucky to report that figure at 1% or above.[read more]

California Leads Nation in Foreclosures, Passes Homeowners Bill of Rights

July 14, 2012 by Bailey McCann

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a homeowners bill of rights. The new law provides additional options for homeowners that are facing foreclosure and are being unduly hassled by bill and loan collectors. The law comes as new data shows that California leads the nation in foreclosures, with the highest rate since 2005....[read more]

Localism - Yesterday's Lesson on How Not to Make It Happen

May 6, 2012 by Douglas Carwell

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Congratulations to Joe Anderson, Liverpool's new Mayor. Having a directly elected civic leader - almost regardless of which party holds the post - will be good news for the city. But there's no getting away from it. Yesterday, voters in Manchester, Coventry, Nottingham and Bradford rejected the idea of directly elected mayors. Birmingham...[read more]

Branding In Times of Class Conflict

April 8, 2012 by Dannielle Blumenthal, Ph.D.

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Fancy coffee shop. This one happens to be Caribou, but it could be Starbucks or any other. For some it is a hideout because they have nowhere else to go. For others it's a quick stop, drop $5, on the way to well-paying job. Society is way too divided right now between rich and poor...some are wealthy beyond wealth and many are hopeless...[read more]

To Save the Euro or Go for Growth?

December 4, 2011 by Douglas Carwell

Saving the Euro, suggest ministers, will restore economic growth to Britain. It is, they imply, the most important thing we must do to ensure our own recovery. Perhaps if the single currency was such a panacea for growth, we'd have seen a little more of it in stagnant Euroland this past ten years? Maintaining the Euro at any price won't...[read more]

Gov 2.0: Network Analysis for Income Inequality?

November 5, 2011 by David Eaves

I’ve been thinking a lot about these two types of graphs at the moment.  This first is a single chart that shows income growth for various segments of the US population broken down by wealth. This second is a group of graphs that talk about pageviews and visits to various websites on the internet. What is fascinating about the...[read more]