Missouri Legislative Library

New Arrivals

May 2010

 

AGRICULTURE                                         
           
1. “Doyle sours on raw milk bill.” StateNet Capitol Journal, May 24, 2010, Vol. 18, No.16, p. 5-6. (Citing public health grounds, Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin vetoed a measure allowing dairies to sell raw milk directly to the public.)

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS

2. “What have states in the Midwest done to limit political ‘robocalling’?” CSG Stateline Midwest, May 2010, Vol. 19, No. 5, p. 5. (Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota have laws that are worded broadly enough to restrict automated political telephone calls.)

CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES

3. Ferguson, Ellyn. “A fight in the lunch line.” CQ Weekly, March 22, 2010, Vol. 68, No. 12, p. 678-684. (Congress is expected to implement mandatory nutritional guidelines during the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, to apply to all food served and sold in schools.)

4. Fletcher, Jason M., et al. “Taxing soft drinks and restricting access to vending machines to curb child obesity.” Health Affairs, May 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 1059-1066. (The authors say that taxes on soft drinks and restricted access to vending machines in order to stem the trend in childhood obesity aren’t effective as currently implemented. They suggest ways such policies could work.)

5. Foreman, Megan. “Sidelined for safety : New laws keep student athletes with concussions benched.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 28-30. (Four states have followed the Washington Legislature’s lead in enacting strict return-to-play laws, meant to keep athletes with head injuries from being returned to the playing field until they are evaluated and cleared by a licensed care provider.)

6. Kim, Julie J. “Left behind : the paternalistic treatment of status offenders within the juvenile justice system.” Washington University Law Review, 2010, Vol. 87, No. 4, p. 843-867. (Status offenses are things like truancy, running away, curfew violations – actions that would not be crimes if done by adults. Status offenders are habitually deprived of the same rights and autonomy as other youth offenders.)

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA
           
7.
Perine, Keith. “The medium, or the message?” CQ Weekly, May 10, 2010, Vol. 68, No. 19, p. 1140-1145. (The Federal Communications Commission thinks its plan for regulating broadband will lead to universal and network-neutral service.)

2.
“What have states in the Midwest done to limit political ‘robocalling’?” CSG Stateline Midwest, May 2010, Vol. 19, No. 5, p. 5. (Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota have laws that are worded broadly enough to restrict automated political telephone calls.)

CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

8.
Hammond, Sarah. “The DNA factor : Lawmakers are expanding the use of forensic technology to battle crime.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 12-15. (Success stories in the use of DNA technology to solve crimes and identify human remains are cited. Concerns are raised about the intrusiveness of databases.)

9.
Hammond, Sarah. “Sex offender law strains states.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 16-17. (Compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006 is expensive and complex. To date, only Ohio, Delaware and two tribes in Oregon have met the requirements.)

10. Lawrence, Alison. “Exit strategy for parolees.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No.6, p. 2022. (The Public Safety Performance Project reports that state prison population numbers have declined for the first time in 38 years. Recidivism-reduction efforts account for much of the success.)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
           
11.
Chaver, Mikel. “Earth, wind, water, fire : states look to renewable industry jobs to power new economy.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 26-29. (The top five states for the development of renewable energy are cited in each category: biomass, wind power, hydropower and solar power.)

12. Ginn, Jennifer. “How many jobs is smart grid creating?” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 30-31. (“Smart grid” is efficient delivery of energy, using two-way communication between power companies and customers’ homes.)

13. Ibrahim, Darian M. “Financing the next Silicon Valley.” Washington University Law Review, 2010, Vol. 87, No. 4, p. 717-762. (Angel groups combine the best features of private venture capital and state-sponsored alternatives. For additional background on the concept, visit http://www.angelcapitalassociation.org/)

14. Laffer, Arthur B., et al. Rich states, poor states : ALEC-Laffer state economic competitive index – 3rd ed. Washington, D.C. : American Legislative Exchange Council, 2010, 125 p. (The authors analyze the current economic crisis at the state level. An entire chapter is devoted to Missouri’s discussion of eliminating the state income tax. About half of the volume contains rankings of the economic performance and outlook of every state. Missouri is 35th in the former, 15th in the latter.) RefHC106.83 L2

15. Tomako, Laura. “Unlocking economic potential of Midwest : region’s states lagging on key indicators, CSG study shows.” CSG Stateline Midwest, May 2010, Vol. 19, No. 5, p. 1+. (Most Midwestern states fall short when it comes to technology competitiveness and entrepreneurial dynamism.)

16. Williams, Sandra. “Ohio investment in high-tech economy paying dividends.” CSG Stateline Midwest, April 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 9. (Williams, a state representative from Cleveland, outlines the successes of her state’s eight-year-old Third Frontier program, designed to create businesses and jobs.)                                

EDUCATION
           
17.
Dunn, Jamey. “Empty desks.” Illinois Issues, May 2010, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 25-27. (Illinois’ governor says that about 17,000 K-12 faculty and staff will be laid off unless the legislature approves a tax increase.)

3. Ferguson, Ellyn. “A fight in the lunch line.” CQ Weekly, March 22, 2010, Vol. 68, No. 12, p. 678-684. (Congress is expected to implement mandatory nutritional guidelines during the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, to apply to all food served and sold in schools.)
                                                                                                           
18.
Harrington, James R. and Jason A. Grissom. “Teacher turnover in Missouri : evidence from administrative data.” Truman Policy Research, February 2010, Report 05-2010, 5 p. (The rate at which teachers leave jobs in Missouri schools is about the same as the national average, except for the Kansas City and St. Louis public school districts, where it is much higher. Charts, graphs, map.) VF : Teachers – Missouri

19.
Kliewer, Laura. “The race to reform education.” CSG Firstline Midwest, April/May 2010, Vol. 17, No. 3, 4 p. (The federal stimulus program in 2009 included $4 billion to establish the “Race to the Top Fund.” States are passing laws and enacting reforms in order to qualify for grants and improve their education systems.)

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES

20.
Bender Keith A. and John S. Heywood. Out of balance? Comparing public and private sector compensation over 20 years. Center for State & Local Government Excellence / National Institute on Retirement Security, April 2010, 27 p. (Long-term patterns indicate that the average compensation of state and local employees is not excessive. Earnings have generally declined relative to comparable private-sector employees. Benefits comprise a greater share of compensation in the public sector.) VF : State Officials & Employees – Compensation

ENERGY

21.
Branham, Mary. “Green = green. State projects save money, help environment.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 15-19. (There are ways to retrofit historic buildings without damaging their integrity. Numerous examples of states saving money and saving energy are cited.)

11.
Chaver, Mikel. “Earth, wind, water, fire : states look to renewable industry jobs to power new economy.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 26-29. (The top five states for the development of renewable energy are cited in each category: biomass, wind power, hydropower and solar power.)
                                   
22.
Driessen, Paul. “Affordable energy.” ALEC’s The State Factor, April 2010, 33 p. (Driessen writes that global energy markets affect the working poor in the U.S., as well as the most fragile populations in the developing world. He says an EPA plan to regulate greenhouse gases would have the effect of a discriminatory tax on African-Americans and Hispanics.)

12.
Ginn, Jennifer. “How many jobs is smart grid creating?” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 30-31. (“Smart grid” is the efficient delivery of energy, using two-way communication between power companies and customers’ homes.)

ENVIRONMENT

23.
Slone, Sean. “Grow smart, live well : federal and state efforts focus on livability.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 34-35. (Smart-growth proponents say programs and infrastructure that run counter to their goals should not be subsidized by state and federal dollars. The issues of livability, sustainability and economic development need to be addressed holistically.)

FINANCE & REVENUE

24.
“A gratitude for debt.” State Policy Reports, 2010, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 6-11. (State practices and standings regarding debt are ranked in 50-state charts. Missouri is one of only 11 states to earn Standard & Poor’s AAA rating as of December 23, 2009.)

14.
Laffer, Arthur B., et al. Rich states, poor states : ALEC-Laffer state economic competitive index – 3rd ed. Washington, D.C. : American Legislative Exchange Council, 2010, 125 p. (The authors analyze the current economic crisis at the state level. An entire chapter is devoted to Missouri’s discussion of eliminating the state income tax. About half of the volume contains rankings of the economic performance and outlook of every state. Missouri is 35th in the former, 15th in the latter.) RefHC106.83 L2

25. “Municipal revenue sources.” Missouri Municipal Review, May 2010, Vol. 75, No. 3, p. 4-7. (This is a summary of the major types of tax and licensing revenue that municipalities depend on.)

26. State Budget Update : March 2010. Denver : National Conference of State Legislatures, April 2010, 52 p. (50-state tables outline tax revenue performance, spending overruns and budget gap projections for the coming years.) NCSL : State Budget

27.
Williams, Bob. “End the budget bait and switch.” Inside ALEC, April 2010, p. 20-21. (States are using accounting gimmicks and federal stimulus funds to temporarily balance their budgets. Williams says legislators are propping up a higher level of spending than can be supported by their state’s economy.)

HEALTH, WELFARE & SOCIAL SERVICES
           
28. Cunningham, Peter J. “The growing financial burden of health care : national and state trends, 2001-2006.” Health Affairs, May 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 1037-1044. (It’s going to take cost containment efforts along with real gains in family income to keep health care affordable to higher-income families and subsidized for lower-income ones. Numerous charts show trends.)

4. Fletcher, Jason M., et al. “Taxing soft drinks and restricting access to vending machines to curb child obesity.” Health Affairs, May 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 1059-1066. (The authors say that taxes on soft drinks and restricted access to vending machines in order to stem the trend in childhood obesity aren’t effective as currently implemented. They suggest ways such policies could work.)

5. Foreman, Megan. “Sidelined for safety : New laws keep student athletes with concussions benched.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 28-30. (Four states have followed the Washington Legislature’s lead in enacting strict return-to-play laws, meant to keep athletes with head injuries from being returned to the playing field until they are evaluated and cleared by a licensed care provider. The laws also protect coaches from the pressure of putting players back in too early.)

29. Tormey, Kathryn. “Health reform : 6 ways it will impact states.” CSG Stateline Midwest, April 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 1+. (And the six are: increases in Medicaid enrollees, oversight, creation of health exchanges, creation of new public plans, administration, high-risk pools.)

IMMIGRATION
           
30. Cannon, Lou. “America’s troubled immigration history.” StateNet Capitol Journal, May 24, 2010, Vol. 18, No. 16, p. 1-6. (Cannon looks at Arizona’s restrictive new law and concludes that states really need action from Congress. Immigration concerns call for a national solution.)

31. Ehisen, Rich. “Desert heat : Arizona immigration law reignites national debate.” StateNet Capitol Journal, May 3, 2010, p. 1-5. (Arizona has enacted the most far-reaching law on illegal immigration in the nation. It’s drawing a mixed reaction and is expected to prod the federal government into addressing immigration policy.)
           
INSURANCE          

32.
Adams, Rebecca. “States’ budgets absorb health care repercussions.” CQ Weekly, April 26, 2010, Vol. 68, No. 7, p. 1023-1025. (Some states will reap small windfalls from the federal health-care overhaul and others will see revenue declines, mainly because of a change to the way states are sold pharmaceuticals at a discount for Medicaid patients.)

33.
“A big dose of change : federal health care reform’s impact on the states.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 42-43. (The 2010 federal health-care reform is summarized in six categories: Medicaid, regulations, state exchanges, high-risk pools, new public plans, and administration.)

34. Brand, Rachel. “Overhaul ℞.” State Legislatures, June 2010, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 24-27. (The federal health law is relying on a combination of Medicaid expansion, subsidies, tax credits and mandates to expand health insurance coverage. The impact on states is discussed.)

28. Cunningham, Peter J. “The growing financial burden of health care : national and state trends, 2001-2006.” Health Affairs, May 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 1037-1044. (It’s going to take cost containment efforts along with real gains in family income to keep health care affordable to higher-income families and subsidized for lower-income ones. Numerous charts show trends.)

35. Koller, Christopher F., et al. “Rhode Island’s novel experiment to rebuild primary care from the insurance side.” Health Affairs, May 2010, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 941-947. (The consensus in Rhode Island was that primary care was slowly being starved because of payment policies. Plans are underway to remedy that.)

PENSIONS & RETIREMENT

36.
“Pew on pensions.” State Policy Reports, 2010, Vol. 28, No. 3, p. 2-7. (A Pew report – The bill coming due, a trillion dollar gap – is critiqued. Five reforms and five bad practices are noted. The entire 66-page report is online. http://downloads.pewcenteronthestates.org/The_Trillion_Dollar_Gap_final.pdf )

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

37.
“Legislative branch feels pinch from ongoing budget cuts.” CSG Stateline Midwest, April 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 4.(Legislative costs are a very small portion of general-fund expenditures but cuts are being made. Examples include unpaid furlough, across-the-board salary cuts and travel bans.)

38.
Of the people, by the people, for the people : a 2010 report card on statewide voter initiative rights. Citizens in Charge Foundation, January 2010. (The entire 85-page report on the status of the initiative petition and referendum process in each state is available online via http://www.citizensincharge.org/stategrades Missouri receives an A- from the group, the highest grade of any state.)

23.
Slone, Sean. “Grow smart, live well : federal and state efforts focus on livability.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 34-35. (Smart-growth proponents say programs and infrastructure that run counter to their goals should not be subsidized by state and federal dollars. The issues of livability, sustainability and economic development need to be addressed holistically.)

39. “Which states have ‘pay-to-play’ restrictions limiting campaign contributions by businesses holding or seeking government contracts.” CSG Stateline Midwest, April 2010, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 5. (Illinois and Ohio are the only states in the Midwest with such restrictions. For a complete listing of state pay-to-play laws visit http://cleanupwashington.org/documents/paytoplay2009.pdf)

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS

32.
Adams, Rebecca. “States’ budgets absorb health care repercussions.” CQ Weekly, April 26, 2010, Vol. 68, No. 7, p. 1023-1025. (Some states will reap small windfalls from the federal health-care overhaul and others will see revenue declines, mainly because of a change to the way states are sold pharmaceuticals at a discount for Medicaid patients.)

33.
“A big dose of change : federal health care reform’s impact on the states.” Capitol Ideas, May/June 2010, Vol. 53, No. 3, p. 42-43. (The 2010 federal health-care reform is summarized in six categories: Medicaid, regulations, state exchanges, high-risk pools, new public plans, and administration.)

40. Billitteri, Thomas J. “Census controversy : Should undocumented immigrants be counted?” CQ Researcher, May 14, 2010, Vol. 20, No. 19, p. 433-456. (Every census has its own particular controversies. The 2010 count has faced numerous logistical and ideological challenges, particularly lifestyle changes.)

30. Cannon, Lou. “America’s troubled immigration history.” StateNet Capitol Journal, May 24, 2010, Vol. 18, No. 16, p. 1-6. (Cannon looks at Arizona’s restrictive new law and concludes that states really need action from Congress. Immigration concerns call for a national solution.)

41. “States and the census.” State Policy Reports, 2010, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 2-5. (50-state charts show the impact of census data on federal grants.)

TAXATION

42.
Neely, Susan K. “Discriminatory beverage taxes won’t improve health.” Inside ALEC, April 2010, p. 18-19.(Neely is president and CEO of the American Beverage Association. She notes that West Virginia and Arkansas, the only states with an excise tax on soft drinks, rank among the 10 highest rates of obesity in the U.S. She argues that the private sector, working with non-profit groups, can address societal issues faster and more effectively than government alone ever could.)

43. Wells, Rachel. “Taxing services : an old idea re-emerges in the face of economic peril.” Illinois Issues, May 2010, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 28-30. (If taxes should grow where the economy grows, the sales tax base should be broadened to reflect the growth in the service industry.)