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Government Issues

Public-Private Partnerships in National Infrastructure

Improvements in technology have allowed greater participation by businesses to expand road capacity via high occupancy toll lanes...

Regulatory Alternatives: Best and Worst Practices

Government agencies should not only identify alternatives when creating regulations but also consider each one thoughtfully...

Little Progress Notched in Federal Streamlining

A new report from the Government Accountability Office identified 51 new areas where the government could realize more efficiency...

Making Cold Medicine Prescription-Only Did Not Reduce Meth Use

The number of meth lab incidents in Oregon declined from 467 in 2004 to 12 in 2010; however, most of this decline occurred before a prescription-only law for pseudoephedrine became effective in 2006...

Fixing America's Freeways

The average urban commuter wastes 34 hours a year in rush-hour congestion today, compared with just 14 hours in 1982...

One in Eight Voter Registrations Inaccurate

Nearly 2 million deceased individuals are listed as active voters and approximately 2.75 million people have active registrations in more than one state...

How Lower Income Citizens Commute

More than 76 percent of low-income workers use cars to get to work, according to the five-year American Community Survey for 2006 to 2010...

Does Gender Matter for Political Leadership?

While female mayors do not implement different policies, they do appear to have higher unobserved political skills, as they have a 6 to 7 percentage point higher incumbent effect than a comparable male...

Fixing Mortgage Finance: What to Do with the Federal Housing Administration?

The Federal Housing Administration currently backs an activity portfolio of over $1 trillion; with an economic value of only $2.6 billion, relatively small changes in the performance of its portfolio could result in significant losses to the taxpayer...

Dependence on Government at All-Time High

Government dependency jumped 8.1 percent in the past year, with the most assistance going toward housing, health and welfare, and retirement...


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