Missouri Legislative Library

New Arrivals

February 2010

 

AGED

1.
Koren, Mary Jane. “Person-centered care for nursing home residents : the culture-change movement.” Health Affairs, February 2010, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 312-317. (Nursing homes are beginning to be operated as person-centered homes offering long-term care services.)

ANIMALS

2. Clemmitt, Marcia. “Animal rights : Is the treatment of animals improving?” CQ Researcher, Jan. 8, 2010, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 1-24. (Animal-rights legislation passed in 2009 includes California’s ban on tail docking of dairy cows, New Jersey’s requirement that garments with real fur be labeled with the species and country of origin, and Nevada’s becoming the last state to ban possessing or training dogs for fighting.)

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

3. Kids count in Missouri : 2009 data book. St. Louis : Citizens for Missouri’s Children, 2010, 188 p. (The first portion of the book discusses child well-being according to economic security, education, health, protection and safety, and adolescent success. One-page county profiles are included, also.) Ref HQ796b.M56

4. Tormey, Kathrun. “Wisconsin policymakers respond to crises in social-services agency.” CSG Stateline Midwest, February 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 7. (Wisconsin’s state-financed child care and foster care have new policies and procedures in place as the direct result of the death and abuse of two small children in the care of their aunt and the uncovering of fraud and safety issues in its Wisconsin Shares program.)

5. Winterfeld, Amy. “Improving child nutrition.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 8, 2 p. (The status of school breakfast and lunch programs is reviewed.) VF : Child Welfare

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

6. Poole, Kenneth E. “State of business.” State Legislatures, February 2010, Vol. 36, No. 2, p. 22-25. (Reducing profligate spending slows economic recovery in the short term, but it may make for a sustainable long-term recovery. Poole offers suggestions to help policymakers prepare for the “next generation” economy.)
EDUCATION

7.
Deyé, Sunny. Making a difference : eight state legislative policy recommendations for improving America’s high schools. Denver : National Conference of State Legislatures, 23 p. (Ways to raise graduation rates are offered, along with specific state actions. The document includes a Missouri-specific guide on improving education outcomes.) NCSL : Education

8. Ginn, Jennifer. “Common to the core.” CSG Stateline Midwest, February 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2, p. 1+. (The “Common Core State Standards Initiative,” led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, has created a set of standards for K-12 mathematics and language arts. The final version is expected in March. States will decide for themselves if they want to adopt the standards.)
 
9. Kolesnikova, Natalia A. “Community colleges and economic mobility.” Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, January/February 2010, Vo. 92, No. 1, p. 27-53. (The report looks at the demographics of community college students, who comprise nearly half of all college students in the U.S.)

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES

10.
Ward, James. “Recovery Act funding for dislocated workers.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 11, 2 p. (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included a $1.25 billion appropriation for employment and training activities for dislocated workers who qualify.) VF : Employees – Training

11. Workers’ compensation : benefits, coverage, and costs, 2007. Washington, D.C. : National Academy of Social Insurance, August 2009, 76 p. (This annual report presents 50-state data on coverage rules, cash and medical benefits, costs, injury, illness, fatalities, and other topics.) Ref HD7103.65.U6 W56

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Workers compensation state rankings, manufacturing industry costs and statutory benefit provisions. Ronkonkoma, N.Y. : Actuarial & Technical Solutions, Inc., 2009 edition, 15 p. (The study ranks workers’ comp benefits and costs by state. Charts, ) Ref HD7103.65 .U6 W682

ENERGY

13.
Choo, Kristin. “The war of winds.” ABA Journal, February 2010, p. 54-61. (Complaints from people who live near wind turbines include the noise, shadow flicker and accompanying health issues.)

14. Clark, Korey. “Wyoming could become first state to tax wind.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 1, 2010, Vol. 18, No. 6, p. 4. (The Wyoming legislature is considering a bill that would levy a $1 per-megawatt-hour excise tax on wind energy production.)

FINANCE & REVENUE

15. Anderson, Tim. “Scaling back spending.” CSG Firstline Midwest, January 2010, Vol. 17, No. 1, 4 p. (The basic strategies to cut FY2010 budgets are: across-the-board cuts, targeted cuts, reduced local aid, agency reorganization, privatization and changes related to state employees – e.g., layoffs, unpaid furloughs, benefits reduction, job loss. Michigan is trying them all, as it cuts the state budget by $1.8 billion.)

16. Blouin, Amy. “Eliminating state income tax would create significant burden and increased risk on municipalities.” The Missouri Municipal Review, January 2010, Vol. 75, No. 1, p. 11-12. (If Missouri expected to make up the $5.8 billion shortfall that would accompany the loss of individual and corporate income taxes, it would be necessary to raise the sales tax rate to 7 percent and eliminate many of the sales tax exemptions currently in place. The impact on local sales tax rates could cause deficits in local revenues.)
17. Dadayan, Lucy and Donald J. Boyd. “Recession or no recession, state tax revenues remain negative.” State Revenue Report, January 2010, No. 78, 18 p. (Tax collections for the third quarter of 2009 were nearly 11 percent lower than the same period in 2008. Numerous graphs, 50-state charts.)

18. Johnson, Nicholas, et al. “An update on state budget cuts.” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, December 18, 2009,13 p. (The report summarizes recent state budget actions and includes a 50-state chart on service reductions.) VF : State Finance & Revenue

19. State expenditure report, fiscal year 2008. Washington, D.C. : National Association of State Budget Officers, Fall 2009, 103 p. (Expenditures reflected in this report account for nearly all of total state spending, detailed by program area. To view this document in a .pdf online, visit www.nasbo.org ) RefHJ7550 .S72

HEALTH, WELFARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

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Baicker, Katherine, et al. “Workplace wellness programs can generate savings.” Health Affairs, February 2010, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 304-311. (Employer-based wellness initiatives can improve health and generate substantial savings in health-care costs, even in the short run.)

21.
Dall, Timothy M., et al. “The economic burden of diabetes.” Health Affairs, February 2010, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 297-303. (Average annual medical cost per case is $2,864 for undiagnosed diabetes, $9,975 for diagnosed diabetes, and $443 for pre-diabetes. By age 60 20 percent of Americans are diabetic and 40 percent are pre-diabetic.)

22.
DePaulis, Ashley. “Reducing sodium to improve health.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 12, 2 p. (The average American adult consumes twice the recommended amount of sodium every day. Public health advocates are working with manufacturers to reduce sodium in the food supply.) VF : Food Products

1.
Koren, Mary Jane. “Person-centered care for nursing home residents : the culture-change movement.” Health Affairs, February 2010, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 312-317. (Nursing homes are beginning to be operated as person-centered homes offering long-term care services.)

23. Lo Sasso, Anthony T. and Gayle R. Byck. “Funding growth drives community health center services.” Health Affairs, February 2010, Vol. 29, No. 2, p. 289-296. (The study looks at funding for federally qualified health centers during 1996-2006 and the corresponding increase in services available to patients.)

HOUSING

24.
Patton, Zach. “Stemming the tide of homelessness.” Governing, February 2010, Vol. 23, No. 5, p. 32-33. (Some cities are helping homeless people by placing them in independent permanent housing as quickly as possible. During the current economic downturn, the federal government has adopted a policy focused on such re-housing efforts.)

INSURANCE

25. Buntin, John. “Dueling diagnosis.” Governing, February 2010, Vol. 23, No. 5, p. 20-25. (Many state officials think that federal health-care reform will come “on the backs of the states.”)

26. Ehison, Rich. “A few words with : Massachusetts Sen. Richard Moore.” Statenet Capitol Journal, February 15, 2010, Vol. 18, No. 5, p. 1-5. (Sen. Richard Moore was one of the principal architects of the legislation that created “Mass Health,” his state’s near-universal health care insurance program. He talks about the program and its effects on health-care reform in Massachusetts.)
11. Workers’ compensation : benefits, coverage, and costs, 2007. Washington, D.C. : National Academy of Social Insurance, August 2009, 76 p. (This annual report presents 50-state data on coverage rules, cash and medical benefits, costs, injury, illness, fatalities, and other topics.) Ref HD7103.65.U6 W56

12. Workers compensation state rankings, manufacturing industry costs and statutory benefit provisions. Ronkonkoma, N.Y. : Actuarial & Technical Solutions, Inc., 2009 edition, 15 p. (The study ranks workers’ comp benefits and costs by state. Charts, ) Ref HD7103.65 .U6 W682

MOTOR VEHICLES

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“Automated enforcement.” NCSL website, November 2009, 4 p. (At present eight states prohibit the use of red-light cameras, while many other states have restrictions on their use. State laws on red-light cameras and photo radar are summarized and statutory citations are provided.) VF : Traffic Regulation

28.
Savage, Melissa. “Older drivers.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 13, 2 p. (States have a variety of ways to help identify drivers who should not be operating vehicles or who could keep their driving privileges if modifications were made to their cars.) VF : Driver’s License 

PENSIONS & RETIREMENT

29.
Clark, Korey. “Recession spurs new round of pension reform.” StateNet Capitol Journal, March 1, 2010, Vol. 18, No.6, p. 1-3. (There is a $1 trillion gap between pension and retirement benefits promised to government retirees and what has actually been said aside to cover those costs.)

30.
Clark, Robert L. The crisis in state and local government retiree health benefit plans : myths and realities, 2009 update. Washington, D.C. : Center for State & Local Government Excellence, November 2009, 11 p. (Unfunded actuarial accrued liabilities, annual required contributions and the current method of financing state retiree health plans are discussed. 50-state charts.) VF : Public Employee Retirement Systems

31. Munnell, Alicia H., et al. Pension obligation bonds : financial crisis exposes risks. Washington, D.C. : Center for State & Local Government Excellence, January 2010, 9 p. (Most pension obligation bonds issued since 1992 are currently in the red. They generally appear to be issued by the wrong governments at the wrong time.) VF : Pensions.

REFERENCE

32.
Statistical abstract of the United States : 2010. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Census Bureau, October 2009, 985 p. (Some of the new tables include data from the 2007 Census of Agriculture and the 2007 Economic Census, type of work flexibility allowed employees, amount of debt held by families. New international tables are suicide rates by sex and country for 2004, road fatalities by country for 1990-2007.)Ref HA 202.U5

33.
The World almanac and book of facts 2010. New York : World Almanac Books, 2010, 1008 p. (Vital statistics, historical trivia, country-by-country election results, the decade in review and data on economics, business, energy are included in this annual reference book.) Ref AY67.N65 W7

STATE/FEDERAL RELATIONS

34.
Ramsdell, Molly. “A rough road to REAL ID.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 10, 2 p. (The intent was that residents of the U.S., its territories and commonwealths would have identification cards that meet federal standards by Dec. 31, 2009. That didn’t happen. The new deadline is May 11, 2011. Resistance continues to be strong.) VF : Federal-State Relations

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

35.
Cullen, Morgan and Tim Storey. “Redistricting : making the census count.” NCSL Legisbrief, February 2010, Vol. 18, No. 9, 2 p. (State processes for redrawing state and Congressional legislative districts vary somewhat.) VF : Apportionment – Legislative

TAXATON

36.
“Assessing the fairness of state tax systems.” State Policy Reports, 2009, Vol. 27, No. 21, p. 4-7. (The Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy says that every state fails tax fairness, when the term implies that best-off families pay at a tax rate at least equal to what low- and middle-income families pay. Of the 10 states with the most regressive tax systems, six have no broad-based income tax.)