Category Archives: State and Local government

The Costs (and Benefits) of Extreme Weather

Written on February 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm, by

Extreme weather events and the resulting damage may be the new normal.   These seemingly constant states of emergency are creating real costs for those who fail to prepare, and in some cases, these weather events are changing the ways organizations operate.   Homeland Security officials have declared that failing to prepare for extreme weather  Continue Reading »

States and Casinos Up the Ante

Written on February 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm, by

One of the main drivers of the growing gambling movement has been the states’ desire to increase revenues. Now that so many states are getting involved however, gamblers have numerous options, which is lowering the pool of players for any individual casino or state, limiting revenue opportunities.   New Jersey, once the premier gambling destination on the  Continue Reading »

Water, Water, Everywhere…

Written on January 15, 2013 at 6:26 pm, by

Water is obviously a vital resource.  Is it too vital for markets to handle its pricing?   In Texas, Allan Ritter, a Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, proposed bills that would withdraw $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to establish a water infrastructure bank that would lend money for  Continue Reading »

Million Dollar Teacher

Written on September 27, 2012 at 7:30 am, by

Georgia kindergarten teacher Deanna Jump has earned more than $1 million selling lesson plans on a peer-to-peer site called TeachersPayTeachers.  Since the site launched in 2006, 26 different teachers have made more than $100,000 each.  The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) launched its own site this summer, Share My Lesson, where teachers can share free  Continue Reading »

A Stately Environment for Companies

Written on July 17, 2012 at 7:00 am, by

Four years ago, following the lead of Alabama and Georgia, Louisiana started Louisiana FastStart, a job training program that was free of charge and would prepare a workforce for companies that settled in the state.  Since its founding, FastStart has trained more than 13,500 workers and contracted with more than 60 companies.  Louisiana is one  Continue Reading »