October/November 2011

MEDICAID: THE 800-POUND GORILLA
By Rachel Brand
State lawmakers are trying to cut costs so the program will survive, even when millions more are added to the rolls.

 

  • THE TECHNOLOGY PROMISE
    By Katie Boyer
    Widespread use of electronic medical records promises to transform health care. But can we afford it?
     
  • HIGHER EDUCATION: DO THE MATH
    By Julie Davis Bell, Brenda Bautsch and Michelle Liu
    Increasing Latinos’ success in college not only benefits lives, but can also be an economic boon for the entire nation.
     
  • GOT MILK?
    By Jennifer B. Saunders
    Breastfeeding offers benefits to mother and child, and lawmakers are taking steps to encourage the practice.
     
  • THE REACH OF FREE SPEECH
    By David Savage
    Recent rulings make it tough to nail down the boundaries of protected speech and other thorny state-federal issues.
     
  • BLOG,  TWEET AND POST: PROCEED WITH CAUTION
    By Judy Nadler
    Social media tools can pose ethical problems for lawmakers. 
     
  • STAFF: ETHICS IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD
    By Natalie O’Donnell Wood
    Legislative staff members discuss the ethical challenges of social media.
     
  • EVERYTHING'S ON THE TABLE
    By Garry Boulard
    Selling buildings, turning to private business, cutting the size of the legislature and even taking away cellphones are all ideas for states desperate to cut costs.

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