By Richard P. Nathan
After Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pulled the American Health Care Act prior to the vote, the question remains: What is next for efforts to reform health care? In a new blog post, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Richard Nathan examines both the political landscape and the substantive policy issues that are in play for any future attempts at reform.
By Heather Trela
While the states have moved toward expanding the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana, the drug is still illegal under federal law. Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff Heather Trela examines this potential federalism showdown over marijuana policy that could come to a head under the Trump administration.
By Patricia Strach
President Trump has proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In a new blog post, Rockefeller Institute Deputy Director for Research Patricia Strach questions if the use of awareness campaigns are a useful strategy for solving an intractable problem like sexual assault.
By Julie Novkov
University at Albany Professor Julie Novkov explains what's at stake in the Gorsuch nomination: both the implications for the Supreme Court's ideology and the hot-button issues the Court takes up, as well as the potential for undermining or upholding the separation of powers.
By Jim Malatras
Given the upcoming Senate vote on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Rockefeller Institute President Jim Malatras examines the factors that have contributed to the failure of previous Supreme Court nominations in a new blog post. Political ideology, timing of the nomination, and presidential (mis)management have been cited in recent nominations that have been rejected or withdrawn.
By Jim Malatras
Rockefeller Institute President Jim Malatras addresses the potential role for the states in regulating climate change efforts as federal regulations are rolled back by the Trump administration. He suggests that the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) could serve as a model for states in regulating environmental concerns. The RGGI bipartisan collaborative has been successful in lowering CO2 emissions in member states.
By Jim Malatras
Rockefeller Institute President Jim Malatras responds to some of the issues raised by Senior Fellow D. Bruce Johnstone in his post about the governor’s proposed Excelsior Scholarship Program. As one of the chief architects of the program, Malatras provides insight on concerns about tuition, the full-time credit requirement, the impact on private independent schools, and the projected cost estimate. He believes that the Excelsior Scholarship may help students stay in school and open the door for more people to consider going to college.
By D. Bruce Johnstone
Former SUNY Chancellor, and Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow, D. Bruce Johnstone assesses the governor's proposed Excelsior Scholarship Program. Johnstone supports the proposal's goals but writes that it would offer little aid to students with the greatest financial need, that its benefits would go to a relatively small number of students, and that it might hurt the state's independent colleges and universities. He calls for more study and alternative solutions to the problem of access.
By Mark Marchand
Writer and Rockefeller Institute Alum Mark Marchand considers the ongoing debate on climate change presented in a recent Rockefeller Institute/University at Albany Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences forum on severe weather. The event, held November 10th, was the third in an annual series.
By Marc Landy
From 2006 through 2008, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government partnered with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to conduct a regional analysis of the recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The Institute and the Council assembled a network of field researchers from throughout the region to examine how local and state governments, as well as the nonprofit sector, were dealing with the many challenges of recovery. In addition, the Institute drew on the reports and other research to examine the role of the federal system in the recovery. At the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Rockefeller Institute researcher Marc Landy revisits a proposal developed by him and a co-researcher, former Institute Director Richard Nathan, for the establishment of a federal officer in charge to coordinate federal response to major disasters.
By Brian Nussbaum
In this Observation piece, Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Brian Nussbaum looks at how the U.S. government has recently detailed roles and responsibilities for cybersecurity involving the efforts of government players at the federal level (including the military, law enforcement, and other security agencies). It argues a comparable framework for state and local governments, as well as corporations and not-for-profits, would be valuable. Through utilization of various capabilities, often across levels of government and across sectors, the piece argues that we can take advantage of the best of the capabilities of involved actors at the same time we realize the enhanced benefit that results from “cross-sector coordination.”
By Richard Perez, Jeffrey Freedman, and James W. Fossett
Researchers from the University at Albany Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and Rockefeller Institute researchers explore the advantages of solar power as a means of mitigating long-term power outages resulting from more prevalent severe weather occurrences. This proposed solution, the authors suggest, may be particularly vital in the Northeast, a region identified by climate researchers as a “hot spot” for an increase in severe weather events.
By James W. Fossett
In this insightful observation piece, Rockefeller Institute Senior Fellow Dr. James Fossett indicates that improved disaster recovery from major natural and man-made disasters is possible through strategic planning, careful coordination between various levels of government, and the development of easily accessible response mechanisms.
By Jason E. Lane
Director of Education Studies Jason E. Lane examines the growing role that the United States is playing in the development of higher education in Latin America in a chapter of a new book from the Institute of International Education, Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration.
By Erika Martin
Proposed changes by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force in HIV testing guidelines will remove financial barriers to receiving HIV tests, according to Institute Fellow Erika G. Martin and Bruce R. Schackman, Weill Cornell Medical College.