Missouri Legislative Library

New Arrivals

July-August 2011

 

ABORTION

1.
Medoff, Marshall H., et al. “The impact of party control on the diffusion of parental involvement laws in the U.S. states.” State Politics & Policy Quarterly, September 2011, Vol. 11, No. 3, 325-347. (Political party control has had increasing impact on the enactment of parental involvement laws.)               

AGED

2.
Greenblatt, Alan. “Aging population : Can the U.S. support its growing ranks of elderly?” CQ Researcher, July 15, 2011, Vol 21, No. 25, p. 577-600. (The author examines entitlement spending as it pertains to the elderly. With fewer people having children, the median age of the nation is increasing.)

AGRICULTURE
           
3. Hull, Jonathan Watts. “Food safety : building an integrated system.” Southern Legislative Conference Regional Resource, 2011, 12 p. (State support is essential for successful monitoring of food safety practices. The report looks at federal and state activities designed to reform the system throughout the U.S.)

CAMPAIGNS & ELECTIONS

4. Clark, Korey. “The right to vote : partisan battle over voter ID heating up.” StateNet Capitol Journal, July 11, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 21, p. 1-5. (Some analysts say Republican support of voter ID legislation could wind up painting the party as a hostile entity that treats minority empowerment as a threat.)

5. Hartney, Michael, and Patrick Flavin. “From the schoolhouse to the statehouse : teacher union political activism and U.S. state education reform policy.” State Politics & Policy Report, September 2011, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 251-268. (The authors’ study shows that teacher unions are influential players in state education reform debates.)

6. “More Midwestern states will require photo ID at polls in 2012.” CSG Stateline Midwest, July/August 2011, Vol. 20, No. 7, p. 4. (About half of Midwestern states now require voters to show photo identification.)

7. Underhill, Wendy. “Proof at the polls.” State Legislatures, July/August 2011, Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 58-60. (Missouri’s SB 3, which sets photo ID and early-voting requirements and which was vetoed by Gov. Nixon, is among the voter ID laws discussed in this article.)

8. “Vote centers come of age.” The Canvass – States and Election Reform (NCSL), August 2011, No. 22, 4 p. (Registered voters can use any designated vote center in their county, rather than having to go to their precinct location. The centers are permitted in Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, New Mexico, the Dakotas, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. Also in this issue: variations in voter ID requirements.)

CRIME & CRIMINAL JUSTICE

9.
Griggs, Brian. “Homeless is not an address : States need to explore housing options for sex offenders.” UMKC Law Review, Spring 2011, Vol. 79, No. 3, p. 757-773. (Blanket residency restrictions about where convicted sex offenders are not allowed to live are causing clustering and homelessness. Griggs says that states must create economical and healthy housing for homeless sex offenders. This could ensure effective monitoring, a rehabilitative environment and safety for the offenders and the community.)

10. Williams, Richard “The cost of punishment.” State Legislatures, July/August 2011, Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 55-56. (Recent legislative action abolishing the death penalty has been spurred by a practical concern – cost.)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
           
11.
Branham, Mary. “Trade deals get more attention due to NAFTA.” Capitol Ideas, July/August 2011, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 16-17. (A growing number of state-level policymakers question the binding power of federal trade agreements.)
 
12.
Brownback, Sam. “Kansas acts to counter dramatic population drain in rural counties.” CSG Stateline Midwest, June 2011, Vol. 20,No. 6, p. 9. (Brownback, current governor of Kansas, writes about the new “Rural Opportunity Zone” designation for 50 rural counties that experienced double-digit population decline since the 2000 census. The incentives are a 5-year exemption from state income tax for out-of-staters who relocate in a ROZ and help with student loan repayments for qualifying students who move into the ROZ counties.)

13.
CanagaRetna, Sujit M., and Jeremy L. Williams. Economic expansion, energy independence and environmental efficiency : renewables in the South. Atlanta : Southern Legislative Conference, August 2011, 70 p. (The report focuses on the economic development components of expanding renewable energy. In addition to charts and graphs of economic statistics, there are profiles of Southern Legislative Conference states regarding renewable energy programs, legislative initiatives, private industry and the economic impact of renewable energy.) VF : Energy

14.
Fulton, William. “Tax credit or tax cut? Polarized politics complicate the role of business tax credits.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 22-23. (A California dispute about enterprise zones illustrates how political rhetoric about taxes and economic development has changed since the Reagan years.)

15.
Grossman, Ilene. “Trade partners : states help budding exporters.” CSG Stateline Midwest, June 2011, Vol. 20, No. 6, p. 1+.(Export counseling, trade missions, training programs, market research and other strategies are key services that states provide to private small and mid-sized firms faced with export obstacles.)
           
16. Katel, Peter. “Reviving manufacturing : Can the U.S. regain its global leader – and factory jobs?” CQ Researcher, July 22, 2011, Vol. 21, No. 26, p. 601-624. (The U.S. ranks behind China, India and South Korea when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness. The outsourcing of key high-tech products is particularly worrisome.)
17. Laffer, Arthur B., et al. Rich states, poor states : ALEC -Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index,, 4th ed. Washington, D.C. : American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011, 102 p. (States are ranked on tax policies and other measures, including minimum wage, workers’ compensation costs, quality of the state legal system. In overall economic outlook, Missouri ranks 9th.) Ref HF106.83 L2
           
18. Norton, Kim. “Putting lifelong learning to work as economic development tool.” CSG Stateline Midwest, July/August 2011, Vol. 20, No. 7, p. 9. (Norton, a Minnesota state representative, advocates the establishment of Lifelong Learning Accounts, or LiLAs, that would serve as portable education accounts to be used for employee education expenses and professional development. Her bill would allow tax credits for employees and employers of up to $500.)

19. VanDyke, Cory C. “Fields of dreams : the expectation and common reality of tax increment financing.” UMKC Law Review, Spring 2011, Vol. 79, No. 3, p. 791-809. (The TIF project at the heart of the controversy in Kelo v. City of New London never fully materialized. VanDyke looks at Missouri’s TIF process and finds there is an overly broad standard for approval. He recommends ways municipalities can protect themselves from financial disaster.)
                                   
20. Wells, Steve, and Clyde Posey. “Let’s go to the movies – State tax incentives : heroes or villains.” Journal of State Taxation, July/August 2011, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 29-38. (Current thinking on tax incentives for the film industry is examined. The article includes a 50-state chart showing incentives offered.)                   

EDUCATION
           
21. Anderson, Tim. “State policies on teachers get overhaul in Midwest : teacher tenure, evaluation and pay all set to change.” CSG Stateline Midwest, July/August 2011, Vol. 20, No. 7, p. 1+. (Long-standing policies of basing teacher layoffs and re-hirings on seniority are being exchanged for tenure based on objective data. A chart gives at-a-glance information on changes in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.)                  

5. Hartney, Michael, and Patrick Flavin. “From the schoolhouse to the statehouse : teacher union political activism and U.S. state education reform policy.” State Politics & Policy Report, September 2011, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 251-268. (The authors’ study, which measures political activity by campaign contributions, demonstrates that teacher unions are influential players in state education reform debates.)

22.
Kawicki, Jennifer L. “Scaling the wall between church and state : confronting issues of equality stemming from financing religiously affiliated universities under dual federalism.” Saint Louis University Law Journal, Fall 2010, Vol. 55, No. 1, p. 395-422. (Kawicki states that the key to resolving the issue of public funding for private colleges with religious ties is to “look at the true nature of the recipient rather than accepting a religious affiliation at face value.” Among the case studies included is the Missouri Supreme Court ruling in 2007 regarding TIF dollars for construction of a new arena at SLU, Jesuit Catholic university in St. Louis.)

23.
Oas, Denise. “Immigration and higher education : the debate over in-state tuition.” UMKC Law Review, Summer 2011, Vol. 79, No. 4, p. 877-899. (The author discuses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996. A 2010 bill, the Fairness for American Students Act, attempts to close some of the loopholes in these laws.)

24. 2010 K-12 education comparative data report. Atlanta : Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference, 2011, 52 p. (Data pertaining to school systems of the states in the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, which includes Missouri, are presented in charts and tables. Statistics on salaries, benefits, appropriations, expenditures and other education topics are provided.) VF : Education – Statistics
           
EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES
           
25. Greenblatt, Alan. “Public disunion : Governors and mayors say their workers are demanding unsustainable benefits. Union rebuttals are not turning the tide.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 24-31. (Fair or not, unions must deal with the argument that government employees’ benefits are out of line with those in the private sector and unaffordable in the current budget environment.)

18. Norton, Kim. “Putting lifelong learning to work as economic development tool.” CSG Stateline Midwest, July/August 2011, Vol. 20, No. 7, p. 9. (Norton, a Minnesota state representative, advocates the establishment of Lifelong Learning Accounts, or LiLAs, that would serve as portable education accounts to be used for employee education expenses and professional development. Her bill would allow tax credits for employees and employers of up to $500.)

ENERGY

13.
CanagaRetna, Sujit M., and Jeremy L. Williams. Economic expansion, energy independence and environmental efficiency : renewables in the South. Atlanta : Southern Legislative Conference, August 2011, 70 p. (The report focuses on the economic development components of expanding renewable energy. In addition to charts and graphs of economic statistics, there are profiles of Southern Legislative Conference states regarding renewable energy programs, legislative initiatives, private industry and the economic impact of renewable energy.) VF : Energy
 
26. Dunn, Jamey. “Smart grid : This new technology is essentially about communication.” Illinois Issues, July/August 2011, Vol. 37, Nos. 7 & 8, p. 28-30. (The “smart grid” concept combines information technologies with the electric-power infrastructure to improve operations and extend greater control to customers.)

27.
Dunn, Jamey. “To get the most out of the green jobs market, politicians have to do more than spend.” Illinois Issues, July/August 2011, Vol. 37, Nos. 7 & 8, p. 6-7. (Green projects generally require more money spent on hiring people and less on machines, supplies and consuming energy. Additionally green projects direct investments toward American companies rather than sending that money to foreign oil suppliers.)

FINANCE & REVENUE

28. “Haslam wants federal Internet sales tax policy.” StateNet Capitol Journal, July 11, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 21, p. 10-11. (Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee is urging Congress to adopt a federal policy on collecting sales tax on products sold online.)

29. Stein, Eric L. “States look to combined reporting to generate revenue.” Journal of State Taxation, July/August 2011, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 27-28+. (Combined reporting is designed to prevent corporations from decreasing their tax burden by shifting income to related entities outside the state.)

HEALTH, WELFARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

30. “AL cuts Medicaid costs by checking receipts.” StateNet Capitol Journal, July 18, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 22, p. 5-6. (Alabama’s new method for determining how much to pay pharmacies that dispense drugs to Medicaid users is based on an average acquisition cost determined by a semi-annual random sample survey. The state expects to save $30 million with the new procedure.)
                                                                                                           
31. Fleurant, Marshall, et al. “Massachusetts e-health project increased physicians’ ability to use registries, and signals progress toward better care.” Health Affairs, July 2011, Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 1256-1264. (The eHealth Collaborative may be a model for regional efforts to expand health information technology and improve quality of care. Registry capability is the ability to generate lists of patients based on defined clinical characteristics requiring specific action and is considered a significant tool for improving health care.)

32. Gilmer, Todd P., and Richard G. Kronick. “Differences in the volume of services and in prices drive big variations in Medicaid spending among US states and regions.” Health Affairs, July 2011, Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 1316-1324. (The article analyzes the sources of interstate variation in Medicaid spending over a period of years. Costs are highest in the mid-Atlantic region, lowest in the South Central.)

33. Hsiao, William C., et al. “What other states can learn from Vermont’s bold experiment : embracing a single-payer health care financing system.” Health Affairs, July 2011, Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 1232-1241. (Vermont enacted single-payer legislation in May 2011. After 2015 – the first full year of operation – the system is expected to reduce spending levels by 25.3 percent, create 3,800 jobs and add $100 million to the economy. Key components of the plan are described.)

34. Kennedy, Allison, et al. “Confidence about vaccines in the United States : understanding parents’ perceptions.” Health Affairs, June 2011, Vol. 30, No. 6, p. 1151-1159. (Most parents have questions, concerns or mistaken perceptions about recommended vaccines. The authors suggest ways to increase communication and improve confidence in our nation’s vaccination programs.)
 
35.
Morra, Dante, et al. “U.S. physician practices versus Canadians : spending nearly four times as much money interacting with payers.” Health Affairs, August 2011, Vol. 30, No. 8, p 1443-1450. (If U.S. physicians had administrative costs similar to those of Ontario, Canada, the total annual savings would be nearly $28 billion. Inefficiencies in insurance transactions are expensive, time-consuming and interfere with patient care.)

36.
“OK has too few doctors to handle health reform.” StateNet Capitol Journal, July 18, 2011, Vol. 19, No. 22, p. 6-7. (Oklahoma is at 40 percent of its provider capacity and the state is expected to face significant challenges with the Medicaid eligibility changes effective in 2014.)
           
37. Rothkopf, Jennifer, et al. “Medicaid patients seen at federally qualified health centers use hospital services less than those seen by private providers.” Health Affairs, July 2011, Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 1335-1342. (Users of community health centers were less likely to have emergency department visits, be hospitalized or admitted to a hospital than Medicaid clients who normally see a private, fee-for-service provider.)
           
38. “The state of health in Missouri : coverage, access, and health status.” Issues in Missouri Health Care 2011, Health Management Associates Inc., for the Missouri Foundation for Health and Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, 14 p. (Statistical indicators are analyzed. The report finds that Missouri has opportunities to leverage federal resources and improve access to care and healthy living.) VF : Health Services
 
39. Takach, Mary. “Reinventing Medicaid : State innovations to qualify and pay for patient-centered medical homes show promising results.” Health Affairs, July 2011, Vol. 30, No. 7, p. 1325-1334. (In medical homes, teams led by a primary-care provider attend to all patient needs and provide coordinated patient-centered care. This article looks at 17 states’ efforts to align medical-home standards with modest incentive payments to physicians.)

40. “While no one was watching.” State Policy Reports, May 2011, Vol. 29, No. 10, p. 6-11. (About $100 billion in federal matching Medicaid grants to states were expended between October 1, 2008, and June 30, 2011. This article discusses what happens next, now that the temporary boosts are over. 50-state charts.)

IMMIGRATION

41.
Cannon, Lou. “No clear path : States all over the map on immigration reform.” StateNet Capitol Journal, Vol. 19, No. 26, August 22, 2011, p. 1-5. (States are struggling to address immigration issues effectively and Cannon says most of this year’s “omnibus bills” will face legal challenges.)

42.
Ehisen, Rich. “Patrick backs immigrant tuition bill.” StateNet Capitol Journal, Vol. 19, No. 23, August 1, 2011, p. 12-14. (Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has endorsed legislation that would allow all immigrant students with at least three years of high school in Massachusetts to pay in-state tuition. Students would be required to apply for permanent legal residence.)

43. “Frustrated states take on immigration.” Capitol Ideas, July/August 2011, Vol. 54, No. 4, p. 28-31. (Arizona’s “show me your papers” bill from 2010 has been a hot-button issue, as policymakers try to resolve what they see as immigration concerns in their respective states.)

44.
Harrison, David. “States take borders into their own hands.” CQ Weekly, June 27, 2011, Vol. 69, No. 26, p. 1365-1367. (There has been no significant legislation on immigration enacted at the federal level in 15 years. States, on the other hand, enacted 208 laws in 2010 and introduced a record number of bills pertaining to immigration in 2011.)

45.
Kobach, Kris W. “Arizona’s S.B. 1070 explained.” UMKC Law Review, Summer 2011, Vol. 79, No. 4, p. 815-825. (Kobach, who is the Secretary of State of Kansas, was one of the principal drafters of S.B. 1070, the controversial Arizona bill dealing with illegal immigration. He discusses what he sees as mischaracterizations of the bill and also responds to court decisions on it.)

46. Mdivani, Mira, and Pat Mack. “Employer prosecutions triggered by allegations of immigration law violations : legitimate law enforcement or a misguided policy tool?” UMKC Law Review, Summer 2011, Vol. 79, No. 4, p. 827-852. (The authors argue that prosecution of employers for immigration law violations is flawed. Employers are subject to prosecution but don’t have a meaningful way to comply with the law.)

23. Oas, Denise. “Immigration and higher education : the debate over in-state tuition.” UMKC Law Review, Summer 2011, Vol. 79, No. 4, p. 877-899. (The author discuses the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act of 1996. A 2010 bill, the Fairness for American Students Act, attempts to close some of the loopholes in these laws.)

PENSIONS & RETIREMENT

47.
Walters, Jonathan. “Rewriting retirement : States are putting limits on their pension plans and retiree benefits.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 32-36. (The question of defined-contribution vs. defined-benefit pension plans is expected to be the major issue of the future.)

REFERENCE

48.
The book of the states – V. 43. Lexington, Ky. : The Council of State Governments, 2011, 490 p. (Text and 50-state tables allow for quick comparisons within the categories of state constitutions, governmental relations, branches of state government, elections, finance, demographics and selected policy issues. Soon to be online: 76 years of previous editions at csg.org/bookofthestates) Ref JK2403 .B6

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT

49. Caillier, James Gerard. “I want to quit : a closer look at factors that contribute to the turnover intentions of state government employees.” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 2, p. 110-122. (This study found that participation in decision making, mission contribution and a fair reward system are generally not factors in why state employees quit. Public service motivation is a factor in why workers stay.)              
50. Calia, Roland, and Laurence Msall. “The Chicago experience : a P3 checklist.” Government Finance Review, June 2011, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 8-13. (The City of Chicago has negotiated three public-private partnership [P3] agreements that have generated billions in one-time asset lease proceeds. The authors provide an eight-point checklist to help officials evaluate the transparency, accountability and benefits of P3s.)

51. “50ĚŠ of freedom.” State Policy Reports, May 2011, Vol. 29, No. 9, p. 2-6. (The “Freedom Index” compiled by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University ranks states by their economic freedom – fiscal, regulatory, combined – and personal freedom. This summary discusses some of the index’s implications.)

52. Greenberg, Pam. “The transparency effect.” State Legislatures, July/August 2011, Vol. 37, No. 7, p. 5052. (As advocacy groups push for wider, quicker, easier access to information from all levels of governments, some are raising concerns. For instance, government officials could avoid documenting activities and correspondence to keep the data from becoming pubic. Archivists note that officials are “writing less down.”)

53. Greenblatt, Alan. “Fiscal heartburn in the heartland.” CQ Weekly, July 11, 2011, Vol. 69, No. 28, p. 1474-1476. (State and local governments have eliminated a half-million jobs in the last three years. Budget cuts of that nature have become a real drag on the economy.)
           
25. Greenblatt, Alan. “Public disunion : Governors and mayors say their workers are demanding unsustainable benefits. Union rebuttals are not turning the tide.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 24-31. (Fair or not, unions must deal with the argument that government employees’ benefits are out of line with those in the private sector and unaffordable in the current budget environment.)

54. Hamm, Keith E., et al. “Committee specialization in U.S. state legislatures during the 20th century : Do legislatures tap the talents of their members?” State Politics & Policy Quarterly, September 2011, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 299-324. (Individual legislator attributes significantly influence committee assignments.)

55. Lu, Yi, et al. “Performance budgeting in the American states : What’s law got to do with it?” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 2, p. 79-94. (States with strong performance-budgeting systems are more likely to have an array of laws regulating those systems, as well as a statewide strategic plan.)     

56. Martin, Lawrence L., and Jeannie Hock Schiff. “City-county consolidations : promise versus performance.” State and Local Government Review, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 2, p. 167-177. (Little support is found for the idea that city-county consolidations lead to greater efficiency.)

57. Mier, Christopher J. “Understanding the buy side of P3 deals.” Government Finance Review, June 2011, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 22-25. (Knowing the private-sector motivation behind a public private partnership arrangement helps the government negotiate a better outcome for taxpayers.)

58. Miller, Ken. Extreme government makeover : increasing our capacity to do more good. Washington, D.C. : Governing Books, 2011, 214 p. (Management expert Ken Miller discusses ways to clean up the complicated, inefficient style of government that he finds so prevalent today.) JF 1525.P67
           
59.
“The pros and cons of privatization.” Government Finance Review, June 2011, Vol. 27, No. 3, p. 14-20. (It’s necessary to consider the financial and social implications of privatization to help determine when infrastructure privatization is in the public interest. For more visit www.thechicagocouncil.org)

47. Walters, Jonathan. “Rewriting retirement : States are putting limits on their pension plans and retiree benefits.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 32-36. (The question of defined-contribution vs. defined-benefit pension plans is expected to be the major issue of the future.)

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS

60.
“The idiosyncrasies of federal funding.” State Policy Reports, May 2011, Vol. 29, No. 10, p. 2-6. (Not all federal grants are a redistribution of funds from wealthier states to poorer ones. 50-state charts.)

40. “While no one was watching.” State Policy Reports, May 2011, Vol. 29, No. 10, p. 6-11. (About $100 billion in federal matching Medicaid grants to states were expended between October 1, 2008, and June 30, 2011. This article discusses what happens next, now that the temporary boosts are over. 50-state charts.)

TAXATION

17. Laffer, Arthur B., et al. Rich states, poor states : ALEC -Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index,, 4th ed. Washington, D.C. : American Legislative Exchange Council, 2011, 102 p. (States are ranked on tax policies and other measures, including minimum wage, workers’ compensation costs, quality of the state legal system. In overall economic outlook, Missouri ranks 9th.) Ref HF106.83 L2

61. Padgitt, Kail. “Ranking state and local sales taxes.” Journal of State Taxation, July/August 2011, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 57-58. (50-state chart ranks state sales tax and average local sales tax rates. Missouri is 15th.)
                                                                       
62.
“State gasoline, sales, and cigarette tax rates as of July 1, 2011.” State Tax Review, July 21, 2011, Vol. 72, No. 29, p. 16-17. (Just the tax facts, on a map.)

TECHNOLOGY ISSUES

63.
Nichols, Russell. “Blue skies? Cut through the hype and hard sells, and you’ll find that cloud computing is no easy plug-and-play fix.” Governing, July 2011, Vol. 24, No. 10, p. 44-47. (Cloud computing means that customers have secure access to a variety of Web-based software programs and significant data storage capacity, all managed at a remote data center. Customers lease the services they need. Steps that state agencies should take to adopt cloud services are explained.)

64.
West, Darrell M. The next wave : using digital technology to further social and political innovation. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, 2011, 219 p.(The author encourages policymakers to support innovation and investment in digital technology while recognizing privacy and security dangers and protecting basic social and individual values.) HC79.I55 W488

TRANSPORTATION

65.
Transportation governance and finance : a 50-state review of state legislatures and departments of transportation. Denver : National Conference of State Legislatures, 2011, 212 p. (States are developing innovative approaches to governing and financing transportation systems. This volume includes profiles of states’ transportation systems and oversight, along with 50-state charts and examples of innovations. It also offers insights into how DOT officials and legislators view their roles.) NCSL : Transportation
           
66.
2011 comparative data report on state transportation programs. Atlanta : Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference, July 2011,82 p. (The report includes information on how states used federal stimulus money, demographics, road mileage, finance, taxes, bridges and fatalities.) VF : Transportation