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Want More Entrepreneurs?  Raise Welfare Benefits!

Want More Entrepreneurs? Raise Welfare Benefits!

Over at the Atlantic, Walter Frick has a piece on the relationship between public welfare benefits and entrepreneurship.  The meme in the media is that the more generous the benefits, the greater the dependency, the less the initiative.  Logical, but according to some recent research, dead wrong: Entrepreneurs are actually more likely than other Americans […]

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California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

California: A Case Study of the Interaction between Social Policy & the American Dream?

A recent Orange County Register column reviews the changes in California’s economy over the last 40 years: Forty years ago, California was the role model for education, particularly with its network of community colleges, state universities and, at the apex, the University of California system. Today, that reputation is unraveling. For one thing, we are […]

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Welfare Reform May Need to be Reformed

Welfare Reform May Need to be Reformed

When the main US welfare program (Assistance to Families with Dependent Children–AFDC) was transformed into Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in the 1990s, it was hailed a a great success. The intent of the reform was to make it a last-resort “safety net” rather than an income support program. The last decade has been a […]

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The Hidden Injuries of Austerity?

The Hidden Injuries of Austerity?

Over at the “Confessions of  a Community College College Dean” blog at Inside Higher Education, blogger Matt Reed has  some interesting speculations on how the current period of austerity may be affecting public higher education: The hidden injuries of austerity aren’t just psychological. They find their way into the workings of institutions. IT solutions that […]

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So You Want to Consolidate Governments. . . .

So You Want to Consolidate Governments. . . .

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for the presentation Peter Fairweather made on consolidation at the Tug Hill Commission‘s Local Government Day earlier this year on the five factors for successful government consolidation.  You can download a PDF version of the presentation by clicking here.

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Peter Fairweather Speaks at Tug Hill Local Government Day

Peter Fairweather Speaks at Tug Hill Local Government Day

Last week, Peter Fairweather gave a talk about local government consolidation at the Tug Hill Commission’s Local Government day.  The talk was covered by the Watertown Daily Times: “[Consolidation is] about as enjoyable as getting a root canal. And there are perfectly good reasons to get a root canal, but you should be clear about […]

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