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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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Policy Wonk’s Corner:  Was Arthur Okun Wrong?

Policy Wonk’s Corner: Was Arthur Okun Wrong?

At some point everyone who got an advanced degree in the policy sciences in the last 30 years had to read Arthur Okun’s Equality & Efficiency:  the Big Trade Off.  It was a little book with a big influence.  The central image in the book was the “leaky bucket” (proving, I guess, that he was […]

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How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

It is a question asked by anyone who has been involved in local government.  Over at Governing, Mark Funkhouser has some thoughts: In a recent study entitled Making Public Participation Legal, Matt Leighninger cites a Knight Foundation report that found that attending a public meeting was more likely to reduce a person’s sense of efficacy […]

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How the Fed Shut Down is Affecting Economic Development Programs

How the Fed Shut Down is Affecting Economic Development Programs

The IEDC has a good rundown of how federal economic-development-related agencies and programs have been affected by the latest Tea Party stunt: • The Economic Development Administration is offline, which means all of EDA’s vital grant work and work in disaster recovery has come to a stop. • The SelectUSA Investment Summit is still on […]

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Innovation and the City:  Setting a New Urban Agenda

Innovation and the City: Setting a New Urban Agenda

The Center for an Urban Future has release a new report recommending innovative initiatives for New York City, and by implication, every major American city: This report, “Innovation and the City,” presents 15 of the most promising reforms—from San Francisco’s bold plan to establish a $50 college savings account for every kindergartener in public school, […]

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