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Monday, September 15, 2014
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Wisconsin at Crossroads for Health Care Reform

Wisconsin's implementation of the Affordable Care Act has set it apart from its neighboring states and put it on a unique path among states nationally. This approach has been referred to as "Obamacare with a twist." A new study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute reviews Wisconsin's implementation process and milestones to date.
Report            News Release

New Reports Examine the National Implementation of the ACA in the South

Determining the effectiveness of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 35 states is the goal of a new research initiative by the Rockefeller Institute of SUNY, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. The collaboration between these three organizations aims to provide accessible, user-friendly, clear, and objective reports that can assist the public, governments, service providers, and experts in the process of reforming American health care. The first regional and state reports of the Rockefeller-Brookings-Fels network, focusing on the Western United States, were issued before the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Reports for the Southern states were released at the National Press Club on August 25, 2014. Later reports will describe ACA implementation in the Midwestern and Northeastern states. Using a common research format, researchers have produced southern state reports from Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia. You may open the state reports by clicking on their names above or from webpages using the link below.
Research website

After Four Years of Uninterrupted Growth,
States Reported Declines in Tax Collections

State tax collections showed a decline of 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2014, which follows four years of uninterrupted growth. The declines are neither surprising nor a sign of a slowing economy, but more due to the impact of the fiscal cliff, which led taxpayers to shift income from tax year 2013 to tax year 2012 to minimize federal tax liability. Early figures indicate further declines in the second quarter of 2014. However, state tax collections will likely resume the growth in the second half of 2014.
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State Governments Leverage Higher Education in International Engagement

In an illuminating new report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Jason Lane and colleagues Taya Owens and Patrick Ziegler analyze the emerging role that states play in promoting the internationalization of higher education institutions. Through these efforts, the researchers suggest, colleges and universities engaged in international activity strengthen economic development and public diplomacy.
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Poverty, Innovation, and Evidence-Based Policymaking in NYC

In a new report, the Rockefeller Institute analyzed the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity, an innovative institution committed to trying and testing diverse ways of reducing urban poverty and making policy decisions based on the results.

About the Open Health Data, Open Opportunities Workshop

How can releasing millions of data points improve the health of New Yorkers? This interactive workshop brought together researchers and practitioners to explore how open health data can be a viable new resource for health research and developing innovative health interventions.
Workshop website

New Report on Underfunding of Public Pensions

The Rockefeller Institute, in cooperation with the State Budget Crisis Task Force, released a new report on the crisis of underfunding of public sector defined benefit plans at the National Press Club. This is the first in a series of Blinken Reports, annual analyses of key fiscal issues affecting state and local governments.

Political Cooperation in Tackling Sea Level Rise Unlikely

Sea level rise in the Northeast is a regional problem that requires a coordinated regional response. In this report, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow James W. Fossett and University of Buffalo Research Professor Kathryn Friedman examine the possibilities for coordinated regional action to address this difficult problem in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.