Missouri Legislative Library

New Arrivals

April 2011

 

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

1. Foreman, Morgan. “Preventing pregnancy among older teens.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 22, 2 p. (Children of older teens are more likely to come in contact with child-welfare and criminal-justice systems and become teen parents themselves than children of mothers who are 20 or 21. Pregnancy-prevention strategies are available through the Affordable Care Act.) VF : Teenage Pregnancy

2. Johnson, Lauren N. “Bullying : Schools try new ways to deal with an old problem.” Illinois Issues, April 2011, Vol. 37, No. 4, p. 30-32. (Efforts to combat bullying in schools now take into account the increased use of technology by teens.)

3. Wheeler, Jennifer Breshears. “Immunization and the Affordable Care Act.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 20, 2 p. (Immunizations are included in the ACA as preventive services that new health plans and insurance policies must cover without cost sharing.) VF : Child Welfare

COURTS

4.
Griffin, Jonathan. “Judicial selection.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 19, 2 p. (The three main approaches states use to choose their judges are election, merit selection and gubernatorial appointment. Kansas is considering adopting the federal approach – Executive nominates, Senate confirms.)VF : Judges

5.
Kohn, Alan C. “A legal essay : the judicial activism myth.” Journal of the Missouri Bar, March-April 2011, Vol. 67, No. 2, p. 106-112. (Kohn, a former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk, says scholars and other thoughtful people should leave the term “judicial activism” to politicians.)

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Nichols, Russell. “Bail out : States struggle to regulate the bond industry.” Governing, April 2011, Vol. 24, No. 7, p. 30-34. (Whether or not bail bondsmen save states money in the long run, lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulations on the industry.)

CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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Adult correctional systems : a report submitted to the Fiscal Affairs and Governmental Operations Committee. Atlanta : Southern Legislative Conference, 2010, 119 p. (Statistics on incarceration in Southern states – Missouri is one as grouped by the Council of State Governments − comprise the first portion of this report. Topics are population trends, facility capacity, budgets, staffing, costs for new prisons, probation, rehabilitation, prison industries and privatization. Separate state profiles include corrections initiatives.) VF : Correctional Facilities
 
8. Arment, Christian. “Is incarceration still the answer? The impact of current policies and possible alternatives.” Truman Policy Research, March 2011, Report 04-2011, 10 p. (Higher incarceration rates have not proven to be a deterrent and have proven to be costly to budgets, families and communities. What does work? Cognitive-behavioral programs and jobs programs.) VF : Alternatives to Incarceration

6.
Nichols, Russell. “Bail out : States struggle to regulate the bond industry.” Governing, April 2011, Vol. 24, No. 7, p. 30-34. (Whether or not bail bondsmen save states money in the long run, lawmakers are pushing for tighter regulations on the industry.)

9.
State of recidivism : the revolving door of America’s prisons. Washington, D.C. : Pew Center on the States, April 2011, 41 p. (This study looks at recidivism rates and successful policies and practices that have reduced them. Missouri is favorably profiled. 50-states chart.) VF : Correctional Facilities

10.
Wheet, Alice. “Domestic child sex trafficking.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 21, 2 p. (An estimated 100,000 American children are forced into prostitution each year. Identifying the exploited children is a major barrier to protecting and helping victims.) VF : Crime

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Final report of the Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth. Atlanta, Ga. : Market Street Services, Inc., April 11, 2011, 90 p. (The report contains perspectives from Missouri’s top leaders on what the state must do to be competitive for high-value jobs and the necessary talent to fill those jobs. Eight strategies are outlined. In addition to this report, more than 40 white papers are online. http://www.ded.mo.gov/Strategic.aspx) Box: Department of Economic Development

EDUCATION

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Birkeland, Kathryn, and Jo Arney. “The Wisconsin Covenant : a closer look at participants, access, and redistribution in higher education.” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 6-16. (The Wisconsin Covenant declares that Wisconsin high-school graduates with a B average will be granted entrance to state schools, with a financial aid package. The authors say the requirements will most likely channel funds to white students who would have gone to college anyway.)

13.
Howley, Craig, et al. Consolidation of schools and districts : What the research says and what it means. Boulder, Colo. : National Education Policy Center, February 2011, 24 p. (The authors conclude that decisions to redraw district boundaries are best made on a case-by-base basis. State-level plans are unlikely to be a reliable way to obtain solid fiscal or educational improvement.) VF : Schools – Attendance

14.
Wheeler, Charles N. “School district consolidation plan isn’t as simple as it may seem.” Illinois Issues, April 2011, Vol. 37, No. 4, p. 37-38. (Gov. Pat Quinn wants to reduce the number of school districts in Illinois by two-thirds. He’s getting negative feedback from the education community.)

15. Winterfeld, Amy. “Tapping school facilities for community health : joint-use agreements.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 24, 2 p. (Joint-use agreements can allow local government to work with school districts to share school facilities, addressing liability, staff, maintenance, hours, cost-sharing and other issues.) VF : School Linked Services

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES
           
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Jost, Kenneth. “Public-employee unions : Are the current attacks justified?” CQ Researcher, April 8, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 14, p. 313-336. (Most economists say that government employee wages and salaries are generally not out of line but benefits and pensions are often more generous than those in the private sector. Public opinion about public-employee unions varies depending on specific issues.)

17.
Lafer, Gordon, and Sylvia Allegretto. “Does ‘right-to-work’ create jobs? Answers from Oklahoma.” Economic Policy Institute, EPI Briefing Paper, March 16, 2011, No. 300, 22. (The authors conclude that there is no evidence that right-to-work increased job opportunities in Oklahoma.) VF : Right-to-Work Laws

ENERGY

18.
Clark, Korey. “Nuclear fallout : Future of nuclear energy : renaissance or dark age?” StateNet Capitol Journal, April 4, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 10, p. 1-6. (The ongoing crisis at a damaged nuclear power plant in Japan may reverse the trend of increasingly positive attitudes toward nuclear energy.)
           
19. Hosansky, David. “Wind power : Is wind energy good for the environment?” CQ Researcher, April 1, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 13, p. 289-312. (Wind provides about 2 percent of America’s electricity and could produce as much as 20 percent within 20 years. There are formidable obstacles to overcome to make that happen.)

20. Pless, Jacquelyn. “Cogeneration : moving toward a sustainable future.” NCSL Legisbrief, April-May 2011, Vol. 19, No. 23, 2 p. (About two-thirds of energy used to generate power in the U.S. is lost as waste heat. Cogeneration is the process of capturing the waste heat, thereby improving efficiency, reliability and air quality. The national goal is 20 percent cogeneration by 2030.) VF : Energy

ENVIRONMENT

21. Ehisen, Rich. “The carbon conundrum : state cap-and-trade programs under fire.” StateNet Capitol Journal, April 11, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 11, p. 1-5. (In a suit filed by environmental justice organizations, a state court ruled that California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act violated state law by not considering alternatives to a cap-and-trade program.)

FINANCE & REVENUE

22. Robyn, Mark. “Census Bureau releases 2010 state tax collection data.” Tax Foundation Fiscal Fact, April 5, 2011, No. 266, 5p. (State tax revenues were down 2 percent from 2009 – when revenues were down 8.5 percent from 2008. 50-state chart shows tax burdens v. tax collections.) VF : State Finance & Revenue

23.
“State and local finances in FY 2008.” State Policy Reports, February 2011, Vol. 29, No. 3, p. 2-15. (This issue looks at trends in U.S. Census state and local finance data. Numerous 50-state charts, including FY2008 general revenue per capita, federal revenue as a percent of general revenue, major revenue sources, taxes as a percent of own-source revenue, and user fees’ percentage of own-source revenue.)

24.State and local governments’ fiscal outlook : April 2011 update.” Washington, D.C. : U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-11-495SP, 14 p. (Overall, the state and local operating balance as a percentage of gross domestic balance is projected to decline steadily, absent any policy changes. The main driver of long-term fiscal problems is the projected growth in health-related costs.) VF : State Finance & Revenue

25. State budget update : March 2011. Denver : National Conference of State Legislatures, March 2011, 54 p. (Most tax categories are performing at or above estimates through the first seven months of FY2011. Many states still face a paradox – stronger revenues, persistent shortfalls. 50-state charts.) NCSL : State Budget

26. States’ revenue estimating : cracks in the crystal ball. Washington, D.C. : Pew Center on the States, March 2011, 52 p. (Analysis of 23 years of data on estimates and collections of personal income, sales and corporate income taxes shows that states regularly estimate revenue incorrectly. Overestimates have gotten larger during each of the last three economic downturns and more states have made these errors. Some states have adopted approaches that appear to increase their accuracy.) VF : State – Finance & Revenue

HEALTH, WELFARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

27. Crites, Edward V. “The regulation and discipline of physicians in Missouri.” Journal of the Missouri Bar, March-April 2011, Vol. 67, No. 2, p. 88-94. (The article gives an overview of grounds for discipline, the decision-making process of the Administrative Hearing Commission and defense avenues open to physicians.)

28.
Halpin, Helen A., et al. “Mandatory public reporting of hospital-acquired infection rates : a report from California.” Health Affairs, April 2011, Vol. 30, No. 4, p. 723-729. (A study begun just before mandatory reporting of hospital-acquired infections rates in California went into effect finds that rural hospitals faced the greatest challenges in reporting and improving infection rates.)

29.
Higgins, Aparna, et al. “Measuring the performance of individual physicians by collecting data from multiple health plans : the results of a two-state test.” Health Affairs, April 2011, Vol. 30, No. 4, p. 673-681. (The results of a pilot project in Florida and Colorado are analyzed. The project’s goal was to create a scalable and consistent approach to data aggregation and to physician performance reporting that could be applied across multiple health plans and regions.)

30.
Walters, Jonathan. “Record connection.” Governing, April 2011, Vol. 24, No. 7, p. 50-53. (Many physicians are finding that electronic health records help them deliver medicine faster, better, cheaper.)

31.
Werner, Rachel M. “The effect of pay-for-performance in hospitals : lessons for quality improvement.” Health Affairs, April 2011, Vol. 30, No. 4, p. 690-698. (The effects of a 260-hospital pay-for-performance demonstration project are compared to a 780-hospital control group. Findings suggest that tailoring incentive programs to hospitals’ specific situations is more likely to affect health care quality.)

MISSOURI HISTORY

32.
Wagner, Allen E. Good order and safety : a history of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, 1861-1906. [St. Louis] : Missouri History Museum, 2008, 532 p. (This book is a history of the first century of the police department, under state control, in St. Louis.) HV 8148.S262 W34

REFERENCE

33.
State rankings 2011 : a statistical view of America. Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2011, 604 p. (This annual volume contains data on a broad range of quality-of-life factors. Overall Missouri ranks 30th, down four places from 2010. The top state is New Hampshire.) Ref HA203 .U17

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

34.
Greenblatt, Alan. “The hand-off.” Governing, April 2011, Vol. 24, No. 7, p. 24-28. (As cities are given more of the burden of making government work efficiently, they may find themselves positioned as true laboratories of democracy. Time will tell if they can afford the responsibility.)

35.
Holeywell, Ryan. “Recall fever.” Governing, April 2011, Vol. 24, No. 7, p. 44-48. (Recall attempts against mayors more than doubled between 2009 and 2010. Kansas City’s Mark Funkhouser says recall attempts are intended to create a negative atmosphere around an incumbent.)

36.
Silvia, Chris. “Collaborative governance concepts for successful network leadership.” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 66-71. (Collaborative leadership differs from that in a hierarchical setting. Research is providing insight into the best practices of network leadership.)
           
37.
Warm, David. “Local government collaboration for a new decade : risk, trust, and effectiveness.” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 1, p. 60-65. (Warm is director of the Mid-American Regional Council of Greater Kansas City. He finds that building trust is the real agenda in collaboration.)

TAXATION

38.
Dunn, Jamey. “A taxing question : a controversial new law attempts to force collection of taxes on Internet sales.” Illinois Issues, April 2011, Vol. 37, No. 4, p. 24-26. (Illinois just enacted an affiliate tax, HB 3659, which requires out-of-state retailers to collect Illinois sales tax on Internet sales.)

39.
“Midwestern states’ tax rates compared.” LRU First Reading, March 2011, Vol. 24, No. 3, p. 2. (Illinois’ Legislative Research Unit provides tables showing property tax collection and personal income tax rates in seven states, including Missouri.)

40.
Padgitt, Kail M. 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index. Tax Foundation Background Paper, October 2010, No. 60, 60 p. (States’ stiffest competition for jobs often comes from other states. The annual SBTCI allows policymakers to see how their states compare. Numerous 50-state charts.) VF : Taxation

TECHNOLOGY ISSUES

41.
Gomez, Maria V. “Some states attack spoofing on social media sites.” LRU First Reading, March 2011, Vol. 24, No. 3, p. 1+. (States are beginning to address the issue of posting messages on the Internet or creating e-mail accounts using others’ names without their consent. At least four states have laws on the subject.)

TRANSPORTATION

42.
“High-speed rail : investing in a new national transportation infrastructure.” Congressional Digest, April 2011, Vol. 90, No. 4, p .97-128. (The system components, potential and cost issues are discussed. The monthly debate topic:“Is the Obama Administration’s plan for a national high-speed rail system fiscally sound?”)

WOMEN & MINORITIES


43. Neill, Mark H. “The women’s rights movement in Missouri.” Journal of the Missouri Bar, March-April 2011, Vol. 67, No. 2, p. 114-119. (This essay, which appeared in the Journal in March 1973, traces the changes in women’s rights from 1854 to the time of publication.)