The price of gas in California today, which is the highest in the state's history and the nation. The price led Gov. Jerry Brown to authorize oil companies to start selling cheaper, less environmentally friendly, winter-blend gasoline, but it could take days before consumers see costs at the pump drop.
Source: GOVERNING | Pennsylvania |
October 5, 2012
The rise in graduation rates at Pennsylvania universities since the state started financially rewarding schools for meeting certain performance metrics in 2000. Thirty states either use or are considering using performance-based funding for higher education.
The number of people in households earning at least $1 million who got unemployment benefits in 2009. According to a Congressional report, prohibiting such payments to millionaires would save $20 million in the next decade.
Source: New York Times | New York City |
September 27, 2012
The new font size that candidates' names will appear in on New York City's general election ballot this fall. Voters had complained that they could barely read the names when they were printed in a 7-point font.
Source: McClatchy Newspapers | California |
September 26, 2012
The portion of California voters who would repeal the death penalty, while 45 percent would retain it, according to a new poll. Voters will decide this November whether to make the state the 18th to abolish capital punishment.
Source: GOVERNING | Chattanooga, Tenn. |
September 20, 2012
The portion of Chattanooga, Tenn.'s budget spent on employee health care, which is almost half the rate that localities spend on employee health care, on average. Chattanooga lowered its spending in this area by setting up an on-site, government-sponsored clinic and pharmacy and providing financial incentives for workers to get or stay healthy.
The maximum rate that public universities in Michigan can raise their tuition by in a single year and still get extra funding. The state set aside more than $9 million this year to reward colleges that kept their tuition increases low – something every school did.