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ACA Report Reflects Transformative Period for Kentucky Health Policy


Health care insurance coverage remains a contested policy issue in Kentucky years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In a just released special report, published in partnership with the Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York and the Brookings Institution, the authors from the University of Kentucky found that public policy decisions unfolding in Kentucky will have major economic and political implications for the state and could serve as harbingers of change in other states.
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Urban Blight Forum Focuses on Challenges to Our Nation’s Cities

Possible remedies to blight in our nation’s cities were discussed by leading authorities from throughout the state and nation in a recent forum held at the University at Albany. The event was organized by the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, and the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Keynoting the program was Alan Mallach, a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress, and a national authority on the subject.
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New York State ACA Experience Highlighted in Report/Forum

While many states have resisted or struggled with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its rollout in New York has been relatively smooth. This and other findings were presented at a forum at the Rockefeller Institute on June 6th by Sarah Liebschutz. Her study is the latest in a series of more than 30 reports produced by the 40-state, 70-researcher ACA Implementation Network.
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Rockefeller Institute Reports Highlight Public Pension Risk


Public pension funds provide benefits to nearly 10 million people, invest over $3.6 trillion in assets, and are deeply underfunded. A new Rockefeller Institute report and policy brief put a spotlight on how the methods that public retirement systems and governments use to fund pensions are affected by investment return volatility. The analysis concludes that a typical 75-percent funded public pension plan has a one in six chance of falling below 40-percent funded within the next 30 years, a crisis level currently faced by only a few major plans. The research brief and associated report are the beginning of a series from the Rockefeller Institute of Government’s Pension Simulation Project.
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Case Study of NYS’s Response to Extreme Weather Events


This research report presents an innovative case of state-level post-disaster resiliency planning and management in New York. The report also analyzes its performance compared to previous post-disaster federal efforts. It shows that the state’s “Managed-Participatory” approach facilitated production of strong community reconstruction plans by encouraging rigorous local participation and strengthening links between communities and policymakers.
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Twenty-Six Baseline Reports In, with More to Come



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The Rockefeller Institute of SUNY, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of the University of Pennsylvania are coordinating a network of indigenous field researchers in 40 states to analyze the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide objective reports that can assist the public, governments, service providers, and experts in the process of reforming American health care. To date, 26 baseline state reports have been published, along with two regional overview reports on state experiences in the West and the South. To access the reports, go to the link below and click on the map for the states that have issued reports.

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Colorado Officials Tout Modernization Efforts in Election Reform

New York State county and state election officials recently had the opportunity to hear from Colorado State election officials on policy changes they have implemented that have resulted in a dramatic increase in electoral participation. The program was hosted by the Rockefeller Institute and the New York Voters Coalition.
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April State Income Tax Returns, Always a Wild Card, Likely to be Weak in Many States

April income tax returns are always uncertain for states, sometimes providing pleasant revenue surprises and sometimes unpleasant ones. These returns often are related to the stock market and capital gains in the prior year, and to estimated payments of tax. A new By the Numbers Brief says both indicators suggest that this year’s returns could be quite weak.
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Blinken Report: Gambling Not a Solution to State Revenue Woes


States turning to gambling as a quick fix for revenue woes have been disappointed with the results, according to a new study from the Rockefeller Institute. The study warns that “State officials considering expansion of existing gambling activities or legalization of new activities should weigh the pros and cons carefully.”
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Study to Enhance Applied Learning Opportunities for Students


SUNY and the Rockefeller Institute have released a research report and a supplement on applied learning at colleges and universities world-wide. According to SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, "With this research in hand, SUNY will continue expanding internships, cooperative education, clinical placements, service learning and other valuable work-based learning experiences for students and partnering with our colleagues across New York to ensure that the state's workforce needs can be met by SUNY graduates."
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Softening Third-Quarter Growth in State Taxes, Weak Forecasts for Fiscal 2016 and 2017

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State tax revenue growth slowed in the third quarter of 2015, a trend that is expected to continue in the remainder of fiscal year 2016 and into 2017 according to the latest State Revenue Report. Fluctuations in the stock market and the drop in oil prices are two of the reasons that these trends likely will continue into the future.
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Rockefeller Institute Launches Constitutional Convention Educational Website


The Rockefeller Institute has launched a Constitutional Convention web portal on its site. It can be found at http://www.rockinst.org/nys_concon2017/ . The new web portal offers citizens objective information on the background and history behind the constitutional convention. The material on the site represents the collective nonpartisan educational efforts of the state’s foremost authorities on the New York State Constitution and the convention process.
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Report Highlights Trends in Medicaid Expansion


The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Rockefeller Institute compare the demographic, fiscal, and economic characteristics of states that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not. To date, 30 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Medicaid expansion, while the remaining 20 states have rejected expansion or are still debating the issue.
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