His bargain-basement version of concierge medicine has stirred up interest—and opposition.
A number of states and cities are experimenting with merit pay plans for teachers.
Source: Karen Imas, State News, February 2007, Vol. 50 no. 2
Several states are implementing comprehensive health care reform plans, bringing the issue to the forefront of national discussion 10 years after the Clinton health proposal failed.
A new CSG study had found legislative salaries haven’t kept up with inflation. The salaries for lawmakers are influenced by type of legislature, frequency of sessions and the regions in which legislators serve.
This is a table of state legislator annual salaries by region: 1975-2005 (CPI adjusted), broken down by state.
The South is more purple than red, and Democrats don’t need to sell their souls to win it back.
Source: Jason Furman, Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, January-February 2007, Vol. 50 no. 1 (subscription needed)
Is there an opening to seek a compromise on social security with the republicans? This former Clinton administration economist thinks there may well be. It will not be to everyone’s liking, he says, but it may be the best we can hope for.
Source: Dean Baker, Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs, January-February 2007, Vol. 50 no. 1 (subscription needed)
The Democrats regained control of Congress in November in part as a result of the corruption and incompetence of the Republicans, but also in part because of their promises to make things better for the average family. Their ability to stay in power will depend on their ability to make good on these promises. Two areas that are central to the economic security of average workers are health-care reform and trade policy. The Democrats will have to put forward a clear progressive agenda in these areas if they expect to be taken seriously in future elections.
Source: Richard M. Clerkin and Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Public Administration Review, January/February 2007
The Charitable Choice provision of the 1996 welfare reform act under the Clinton administration and the Bush administration’s establishment of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives in the White House have expanded the participation of overtly religious service organizations in the implementation of social policy. What has been the impact of these moves on human service-oriented religious congregations? Most of them seem unwilling to forego their sacred mission for the sake of receiving public funding, and for a few participating congregations, a measure of secularization may have crept into their service programs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics rounds the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to a single decimal place before it is publicly released. Because the actual changes in the CPI have been small recently (the rate of inflation has been relatively low), the small differences in rounding the CPI index before calculating an inflation rate can create a significantly misleading picture of monthly price inflation. This article demonstrates how such problems can arise and investigates how frequently there is a discrepancy between inflation rates calculated from unrounded indexes and those calculated from rounded indexes under different possible rounding policies.