While federal policy battles and international affairs dominate the news cycle, America’s state and local governments quietly wrestle with their own challenges, from creating a vibrant, entrepreneurial education system to dealing with public safety, infrastructure, and demographic changes. What’s more, in areas from housing to health care, state and federal policies are becoming increasingly intertwined. This page marshals resources from across AEI’s policy areas and research initiatives for policy makers, researchers, journalists, and others focused on state and local policy issues.
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Join us at AEI for a conversation that will consider what the 2012 elections hold for education against the backdrop of the new book "Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit: Lessons from a Half-Century of Federal Efforts to Improve America's Schools," edited by AEI's Frederick M. Hess and Andrew P. Kelly.
Please join AEI and the Institute for Energy Research for a lively discussion of America’s history of gas regulation and thoughts about our natural gas future.
What does 2012 hold, both in terms of policy and politics, for the developing relationship between public-sector workers and taxpayers? What does a proactive reform agenda for 2012 look like? Is a pro-reform platform a winning issue for reformers or their opponents? This event will address these and other questions in two panel discussions.
With the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization looming and Washington’s eyes focused on school turnarounds and the Common Core State Standards, we must listen to the voices of dynamic leaders tackling the challenge of high-quality literacy instruction in the nation’s school districts.
Michael Greve is a first-rate constitutional scholar, so I take on his argument that “the states will lose on Medicaid” with some trepidation. I’m no lawyer, so I’m in no position to quarrel with his legal argument. But I do know a thing or two about...
While the mandate question holds great constitutional interest, the outcome won't greatly affect Obamacare's operation one way or the other. The Medicaid question, in contrast, is crucial.
There is another reason, a transcendent reason, for which free enterprise matters most—and this is the case we all must be able to make today.
It is a view as ubiquitous as it is simplistic: To improve public education, pay teachers more—a lot more. Union officials, education reformers, scholars, laypeople, and politicians of all stripes endorse this principle in one form or another.