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Carbon tax might work, if revenue funds renewables

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A July 21 report released by Barry Rabe, director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), and collaborators at the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion, "Public Views on a Carbon Tax Depend on the Proposed Use of Revenue​," is receiving broad media attention.

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Local opposition to fracking gains momentum in Colorado

Friday, July 18, 2014

Municipal control over energy policy could make hydraulic fracturing a risky investment in Colorado, Ford School professor Barry Rabe tells the Christian Science Monitor in a July 17 article by Jared Gilmour, titled "In US energy boom, who decides if fracking comes to town?" A legislative compromise in Colorado would have prevented municipal bans on the drilling technique, while also giving municipalities more power to determine fracking policy. However, the compromise collapsed this week after Governor John Hickenlooper failed to gain necessary Republican support.

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Parthasarathy elected to 4S Governing Council

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Shobita Parthasarathy has been elected to the Governing Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. The decision was announced in the society's email newsletter, Technoscience Update, on July 15.

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Business Insider echoes calls for 2-question aid application

Thursday, July 10, 2014

"Student aid applications are a burdensome gauntlet, and complexity is most damaging to students with the least resources," writes Dennis Zeveloff in a July 9 article, "Why We Should Cut the Federal Financial Aid Form from 130 Questions to 2," published in Business Insider. Tuition has risen sharply enough in the past twenty years that federal aid, controlled by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, has become an important part of affording college for most students. However, as Zeveloff notes, the 130-question, 10-page application is tedious enough that in 2009, 40 percent of the 20 million students enrolled in U.S. colleges left it incomplete.

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Anti-globalization is "bad news for the U.S. auto industry"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"It looks as if U.S. auto manufacturers have finally gone global," Marina v.N. Whitman writes in "Globalization is, finally, working in Michigan's best interest," a June 27 op-ed in the Detroit Free Press. "In the first quarter of this year, General Motors sold significantly more cars in China than it did in North America."

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Washington Post, Times note plunge in long-term unemployment

Monday, July 7, 2014

"The nation has not seen such hefty job gains since the late-1990s tech hiring boom," writes Patrice Hill in a July 3 article in the Washington Times, "Unemployment falls to 6.1 percent amid U.S. hiring surge." Hill cites the most recent Labor Department report that the United States added 288,000 new jobs in June.

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New interstate pipeline proposed near old pipeline-rupture site

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a trench though Ron Kardos' Oceola Township, Mich., pasture last year for an oil pipeline - but already Kardos is preparing for another onslaught of construction," writes David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News.

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Hausman in VoxEU on energy

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Estimating the economic value of energy transmission is difficult," writes Catherine Hausman in a June 16 article for VoxEU, a Centre for Economic Policy Research publication funded by the European Union that promotes research-based policy analysis by leading scholars. Hausman and colleague Lucas Davis (Berkeley) take advantage of a natural experiment to calculate the value of electricity transmission: the unexpected closure of the San Onofre (Calif) Nuclear Generating Station in 2012.

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Wealth inequality doubles among US households

Friday, June 27, 2014

By Diane Swanbrow

Wealth inequality among U.S. households roughly doubled between 2003 and 2013, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers.

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Chamberlin on Michigan's lax charter school laws

Monday, June 23, 2014

"In September 2005, Emma Street Holdings bought property on Sibley road in Huron Township for $375,000. Six days later, Emma Street sold the parcel to Summit Academy North, a charter school, for $425,000." So begins Jennifer Dixon's Detroit Free Press feature, "Weak Michigan charter school laws enable scams, insider dealing."

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Stevenson speaks at White House Summit on Working Families

Monday, June 23, 2014

Betsey Stevenson, a member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, will offer a plenary speech during the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, DC. Her topic: A 21st century economy that works for businesses and workers. The summit is expected to receive broad media attention, and early features ran today in The New Republic and Washington Post.

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NY Times publishes "answer on a postcard"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo) have proposed a bipartisan bill to dramatically simplify the college financial aid form. They announced their proposal in the op-ed column, "An Answer on a Postcard," published by The New York Times on June 18, which heavily cites Susan Dynarski's research and policy recommendations. Dynarski first introduced the concept in a policy proposal published in 2007.

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"No legitimate, fact-based reason" to deny gay marriage

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

On June 17, both MLive and the Detroit Free Press reported on amicus briefs filed with the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (covering appeals from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) in Michigan's landmark gay marriage case.

Amicus briefs were filed by more than 50 corporations, 16 states, and a group of 25 Republicans. Among the Republicans to stand in favor of gay marriage is Dr. John J.H. (Joe) Schwarz, a long-time lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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The Guardian features Courant study: Top U's pay too much

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Top universities are paying too much for scores of academic journals provided by major publishing companies," writes Ian Sample, science editor of The Guardian, in the June 16 article, "Universities 'get poor value' from academic journal-publishing firms." Sample is citing the work of Paul Courant and colleagues, "Evaluating big deal journal bundles," published June 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Obama EO on student loan relief doesn't go far enough

Monday, June 16, 2014

In her Economic View "Finding Shock Absorbers for Student Debt," published June 15 in the Sunday business section of The New York Times, Susan Dynarski explains why President Obama's recent executive order aimed at easing the debt burden for millions of student loan borrowers doesn't go far enough. Student loan payments should be adjusted automatically, just like Social Security contributions and tax payments, argues Dynarski.

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No job, no welfare, no good

Friday, June 13, 2014

A recent report authored by Kristin Seefeldt and colleagues from The Urban Institute is the subject of Olga Khazan's article for The Atlantic, "What Happens If You Have No Welfare and No Job?"

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Student loan market regulation, the urgency of reform

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Remember the Problems with Mortgage Defaults? They're Coming Back with Student Loans," writes Professor Susan Dynarski in The Upshot, The New York Times' curated blog on politics, policy, and economics. "The parallels with the mortgage crisis are striking," writes Dynarski, who goes on to describe the delays distressed borrowers encounter, and the policies and practices that create and exacerbate them.

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Dr. Schwarz speaks with Stateside on care of veterans

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cynthia Canty of Stateside, a Michigan Radio program, interviewed Dr. John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz, a physician and former Republican Congressman, about the Veterans Affairs Administration audit that flagged three Michigan VA medical care facilities—in Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Muskegon—for a close review of practices.

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The Atlantic cites Jacob's teacher tenure study

Thursday, June 12, 2014

As a California judge rules that the state's teacher tenure system is disproportionately harmful to children from low-income families, Dana Goldstein explores the origins and impacts of the state's teacher tenure system—both positive and negative—in The Atlantic.

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One in three say no solid evidence of global warming

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By Greta Guest

While a majority of Americans still believe that global warming is occurring, the cold and snowy winter of 2014 created more disbelievers, according to a newly released survey by the National Surveys on Energy and Environment. The survey is a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy and the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

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