A close look is taken at the outcome of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, pertaining to infrastructure; what it has done, and what it has not. With the proposal of another infrastructure spending spree, costing taxpayers $50 billion, the question of union pandering arises.
(AEI) Either Duncan will have to admit he handed out 4 billion borrowed bucks on the basis of unenforceable paper plans, or he’ll have to start trying to strong-arm states by holding new governors and state education chiefs to the commitments of their predecessors–and clawing back dollars from states that don’t comply. Neither of those scenarios is too appealing.
(WSJ) Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings, but that’s effectively the retirement account they guarantee to many state government employees.
Utah continues its five-year-old health care reform plan, scheduled to take full effect in the fast approaching 2011 year, all while continuing the fight against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In the morass of new health care restrictions, rules and regulations in the federal law is a requirement that could greatly increase the amount of paperwork businesses must submit to the IRS.
An analysis of the Anchorage School District contracts finds cost estimates significantly higher than the estimates provided by the ASD to the school board.
As private sector pay growth has slowed, federal employee pay has putzed along to double its counterpart’s rate. Federal compensation has ballooned nearly 30% more than private pay since 2000.
The transparency group Sunlight Foundation has followed up on its 2007 list of “8 Principles of Open Government,” extending the list to ten must-do’s for proper public access to information.
As questions regarding Social Security issues are raised methods of dealing with them, that include raising the retirement age and payroll taxes, are being floated. This year Social Security paid out more than it received, and predictions say it will only continue.
The Medicare Chief Actuary has published his own Medicare projections report, calling the official Trustees’ report “unreasonable” and “implausible.” The Trustees’ report is based on current law, and not inclusive of changes caused by the resent healthcare overhaul.
An often overlooked provision in Alaska statute allows cities to exempt themselves from campaign financial disclosure requirements, and several Alaskan boroughs have made the move to include the exemptions on the upcoming October ballots.
(Congressional Research Service) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act creates, requires others to create, or authorizes dozens of new entities to implement the legislation, and the total number is yet to be determined because of the ambiguity of the law.
Almost everyone believes there is an enormous amount of waste and inefficiency in health care. But why is that? In a normal market, wherever there is waste, entrepreneurs are likely to be in hot pursuit — figuring out ways to profit from its elimination by cost-reducing, quality-enhancing innovations. Why isn’t this happening in health care?
(Kansas Policy Institute) As revenues decline, local government is faced with the decision to raise taxes, which could risk citizens leaving for better tax structure, or trim and cut government growth. Better budget information could make the decision easier.
(NCAP) Recent reports state that due to over-estimated discount rates, the public employee retirement pension liabilities of many state and local governments have been under-estimated by 75-86 percent.
(Fox Business) Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act.