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Supplemental Readings for MPA 620
Week 1 A 1.2
States are betting on gaming to score a revenue windfall
By Jackson Brainerd
With state budgets still lagging pre-recession revenue levels, lawmakers hope to score a windfall by expanding legal gaming. Revenues from gambling offer an appealing alternative to the politically unpopular, increasingly undoable and invariably conflict-laden effort to hike taxes. Gambling raised $27.7 billion in fiscal year 2015 for state and local governments. Sounds good. But it represents a relatively small portion of most state budgets, somewhere between 2 and 2.5 percent.
RATIONALIST MODEL IN PUBLIC DECISION MAKING
The paper addresses the issue of public decision-making rationalist model. In its preamble are
presented the stages of the process of public decision rationalist model but also barriers and criticisms of
this model. The core of the paper is represented by the public decision through the theory of rational
choice, here being presented in addition to theoretical concepts, also some practical examples.
Week 4 Distracted Driving
With new technology being introduced every day, distracted driving is a major traffic safety issue. Although lawmakers at the state, federal and local level are examining a wide variety of issues related to driver focus, the most common concern is the potential distraction caused by cell phones and other technology in the car. More than 220 million people in the United States subscribe to wireless services, and it is estimated that as many as 80 percent of those subscribers use their phones while driving.
Week 5 State Balanced Budget Provisions
State Balanced Budget Provisions
Balancing the budget is widely considered to be the foundation of state fiscal practices. Keeping a budget balanced in times of fiscal stress, however, can be an overwhelming challenge for policymakers. This report reviews the meaning of a state balanced budget and identifies the statutory and constitutional provisions that various authorities—state legislative fiscal officers, executive budget officers and academics—identify as the requirements that apply. Besides being a major concern in state policy and politics, state balanced budgets are also a subject for academic analysis.
Week 7 Seeking State and Federal Answers to Opioid
Seeking State and Federal Answers to Opioid Addiction
Enough opioid prescriptions are being written to supply every person in America and 10 million Americans are likely misusing them in ways other than pain relief. Treatment and prevention programs produce multiple per-dollar savings in health care and criminal justice costs. More access is needed to the overdose recovery drug naloxone. Rural areas are drastically underserved by addiction treatment centers.