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Bright Simons quoted in the Economist.

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

The unexpected lesson of Ghana’s 17th IMF bail-out It pays to ask for help early and often Even after Ghana threw off the colonial yoke in 1957, its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, complained that it was not truly free. Rich countries still held it back, he said, and the imf was a “neocolonialist trap”.

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The criminal justice system is failing people suffering from mental illnesses

In Politics by Michael Rae

Nationwide, a significant portion of jail and prison inmates suffer from mental illness. In many cases, these individuals cycle in and out of the criminal justice system without receiving appropriate care and consideration for their particular needs. Consequently, people with mental illnesses are more likely to re-offend, re-enter the criminal justice system, and have violent encounters with law enforcement. The status quo is failing people struggling with mental illness and it also results in reduced public safety and wasted taxpayer dollars.

However, some states and municipalities are implementing interventions within courts, the community, and correctional institutions that could help address

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Surface Transportation News: Quantifying the value of Interstates, Texas HOV lanes, and more

In Politics by Michael Rae

In this issue:

New study quantifies value of Interstate highwaysSpurious objections to Maryland’s express toll lanesTexas returns to HOV lanesFRA re-proposes flawed crew-size mandateAutonomous trucks making progress—but aren’t quite there yetAre highway workers “pedestrians”?News NotesQuotable Quotes

New Study Quantifies Value of Interstate Highways

Economists over the years have used various methods to estimate the economic benefits of highways, especially the Interstate Highway System, which introduced a nationwide system of limited-access super-highways comparable to Germany’s autobahns and Italy’s autostrade. As econometric methods become increasingly sophisticated, it’s not surprising that recent years have brought forth new, improved studies of this sort.

The latest is a working

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What John Oliver Gets Right (and Wrong) about Inflation

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Funnyman John Oliver recently offered a confused message on what’s driving rent prices sky high. This week he moved onto inflation, and his analysis was much sounder—though he still made one critical mistake.
The British-American comedian and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver begins by noting everyone is pointing fingers over inflation. President Joe Biden blames Vladmir Putin. Republicans are blaming Joe Biden and his Build Back Better spending agenda. Democratic lawmakers Sheila Jackson Reid and Elizabeth Warren say it’s “corporate greed,” while other commentators have cited supply chain disruptions.
“There has been a flurry of finger-pointing,” Oliver says,

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The “Inflation Reduction Act” Will Do Almost Nothing That Joe Manchin Says It Will

In Research by Michael Rae

By James D. Agresti August 12, 2022 Overview In a major reversal, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D–WV) struck a deal

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Pembina Institute Input to Government of Alberta’s 2022 TIER Review (publication)

In Energy by Michael Rae

The Pembina Institute is thankful for the opportunity to participate in this review of the TIER Regulation, Alberta’s industrial carbon pricing system. Carbon pricing is at a critical juncture in Alberta, as Canada seeks to meet its net-zero commitments. Industrial carbon pricing systems are meant to concurrently reduce emissions while

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Why Did it Take So Long for the US to Get the Novavax Vaccine?

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Even as Covid-19 infections and deaths decrease globally, the World Health Organization warns that “the pandemic is not over.” The Biden Administration seems to feel the same. Earlier this month, the federal government extended the Covid-19 public health emergency again.
Why the concern? As WHO Director Tedros Ghebreyesus stated, “A new and even more dangerous variant can emerge any time and vast numbers of people remain unprotected.” Covid’s BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants could be an example. 
According to the Centers for Disease Control, BA. 5 currently composes 80 percent of new Covid-19 cases in the US. Although most research on these variants

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The Sandman is a lesson in natural law

In Opinion by Michael Rae

On August 5, The Sandman dropped on Netflix. For Neil Gaiman’s existing fanbase, this show was the fulfillment of decades of longing to see a beloved story brought to life. Rumors have circulated over the years that Gaiman’s 75-issue comic series (variously collected in 10 graphic novels and the three-volume Absolute Sandman) would come to the screen, but such projects never materialized. Continue Reading…

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The U.S. Embassy Ghana in collaboration with IMANI hosted a cabinet-level U.S. government representative, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

In From Other Parts by Michael Rae

On August 5, 2022, the U.S. Embassy Ghana in collaboration with IMANI hosted a cabinet-level U.S. government representative, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations as a guest speaker on food security in Africa. Her speech was titled “A Vision for Peace and Progress on

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Retirement plans’ impact on recruiting and retention in the public market

In Politics by Michael Rae

State and local pension systems, along with allies in public employee unions, have presented as fact their opinion that traditional pensions aid the recruiting and retention of highly qualified employees. While statistical evidence supporting this conclusion is questionable, proponents have continued this promotion. In doing this, they have not promoted retirement plan designs that might actually serve to support recruiting and retention goals while better meeting employee needs. 

The MissionSquare Research Institute, along with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), conducts an annual survey of human resource professionals in

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How inflation could impact public school finances

In Politics by Michael Rae

For the private sector, inflation and the rising cost of living are swallowing up the wage growth that some workers experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been bracing for reduced demand and a recession. For the public sector and public schools, in particular, the implications of inflation aren’t as clear cut but they are just as problematic.

As Governing’s Girard Miller pointed out, most state and local government revenue sources are inflation elastic, meaning that they automatically respond to inflation. Because income and sales taxes are usually anchored to percentage rates, increases in taxpayers’ wages and in prices lead to

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