State-based exchanges face scrutiny, questions of mismanagement

Officials from five states came under congressional scrutiny last week for various failures in creating state-based health insurance exchanges, despite each state accepting and spending hundreds of millions of dollars in federal establishment grants. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon each had top officials present for a House Committee on … »

Prison Overcrowding Threatens Public Safety and State Budgets

Audrey Williams How many people are actually locked up in the United States? Well, as it turns out, it’s hard to say. Inconsistent and fragmentary data has made piecing together the “whole pie” of U.S. federal, state, local and other types of confinement data difficult. Lucky for us, the Prison … »

Balancing Ride-on-Demand Innovations with Common Sense Consumer Protections

We all can agree that overregulation of an industry tends to chill innovative business strategies and ultimately harm the consumers the regulations were intended to protect. However, in pursuit of free market solutions, policymakers must craft public policy approaches that not only allow free markets to flourish but also protect … »

Financial Ready Idaho

States are increasing their dependence on federal funds at a time when the federal government is facing difficult fiscal challenges. According to the nonpartisan fiscal watchdog group, State Budget Solutions, state governments (combined) received 31.6 percent of their revenue from the federal government in 2012. Additionally, Census Bureau data shows … »