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ITES: Profiling Pennsylvania’s Economy

This is the second entry in “It’s the Economy, Stupid” a 15-part series analyzing the local economic news in five swing states. It’s known as the Keystone, Quaker, Coal, Oil, and perhaps someday soon the Gas State (more on that later). But to its close to 13 million inhabitants who embrace its motto of “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence,” it … Continue reading

Spending to Save: Innovation Challenge Grants Seek Better Outcomes at a Lower Cost

This post was originally published on the Mintz Levin: Health Law and Policy Matters blog. Written by Jared Alves and Kevin Kappel Stakeholders across the health care spectrum will soon compete for $1 billion in grants offered by the Health Care Innovation Challenge. The initiative, funded as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was announced … Continue reading

Preempting the Courts: Proposed Bill Seeks to Cut, Freeze ACA Spending

This Post was Originally Published on the Mintz Levin: Health Law & Policy Matters Blog  Written by Jared Alves and Kevin Kappel House Subcommittee Chairman Rehberg (R-MT) unveiled his draft Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill that would cut $2.4 billion from 2011 funding levels, on Thursday. While the Chairman contends that it … Continue reading

Municipal Credit Ratings Sustain Super-Downgrades

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Surprise, confusion and frustration pervade reactions to nearly 200 super-downgrades of municipal credit ratings that occurred over the past year. The Wall Street Journal details reactions by city officials who witnessed ratings drop, and in the 196 cases of super-downgrades, by more than three notches. … Continue reading

USPS Looks to Slow Service, Save Billions

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. In an era when tweets announce an earthquake faster than its tremors, the US Postal Service might buck the speed trend to save $1.5 billion. As reported by The Washington Post, allowing one additional day for First-Class and Priority Mail deliveries would reduce costs associated with the premium … Continue reading

Washington Could Learn a Lot from a Golfer

This post was originally published on the Public Notice Research & Education Fund: Washington Could Learn a Lot Blog. And no we’re not talking about the Presidential or House Speaker kind.  No, their “Golf Summit” experience doesn’t cut it. We need to look at professionals. And with the PGA Championship continuing through Sunday, now is the … Continue reading

Will States Face a Downgrade Too?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Standard & Poor’s recent downgrade of the United States’ credit rating leaves 13 states with higher ratings than the federal government. As reported by USA Today, S&P has yet to announce plans to downgrade the ratings of states and municipalities, but the effect may be felt … Continue reading

States Brace for Cuts in Federal Aid

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. With uncertainty surrounding spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal, lawmakers in states and municipalities are bracing for potentially weaker streams of federal cash. And the amount at stake is sizable, with states set to receive $586 billion from the federal government this year, and … Continue reading

Debt Ceiling Uncertainty Hits State Budgets

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. Fruitless debt ceiling negotiations have left state governments and citizens searching for certainty in the face of a possible federal default and credit downgrade. As reported by USA Today, a downgrade would leave states, as well as “7,000 cities, counties, universities, and non-profits” facing steeper borrowing costs from … Continue reading

Could Washington Learn a Lot from the NFL?

This post was originally published on the Public Notice Research & Education Fund: Washington Could Learn a Lot Blog. The answer is yes. At least according to an Examiner.com op-ed that details five lessons which politicians in Washington could learn from the compromise that ended the lockout on Monday. Ryan Witt, the author of the op-ed, suggests that “no deal … Continue reading