The number of states that have fully implemented an electronic system -- as required by a 2008 federal law -- to verify the eligibility of people applying for Medicaid long-term care. Twenty-five states were supposed to have electronic verification in place by the end of 2011.
The rise in the portion of part-time public workers in Utah from 2010 to 2011, according to census data, representing a trend among many state and local governments hiring more part-time workers to fill the void left by a gradually shrinking public workforce.
The number of days that the two people responsible for starting the largest wildfire in Arizona's history will spend in jail. The pair admitted to leaving a campfire unattended, which led to the destruction of 840 square miles and cost approximately $83 million to extinguish.
Source: GOVERNING Data | Georgia |
August 23, 2012
The percent of Georgia's state higher education grants that are based on need. This is partly because most money is already reaching students in the state, which has a low average income. View a map with higher education funding data for each state.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia |
August 21, 2012
The amount that Georgia's graduation rate fell by when using a new federal formula. Part of the reason for the steep decline is that the new calculation defines a graduate as someone who earns a diploma in four years.
Source: Houston Chronicle | Texas |
August 16, 2012
The amount of health insurance rebates that Texans received, which is more than any other state, under the Affordable Care Act. The law requires insurance companies to return a portion of the premiums if they spend less than 80 percent on medical care.
Brian Bachmann, who was fatally shot Monday near Texas A&M University, is the sixth law enforcement official killed so far this year in Texas. View the number of police officer deaths from 1990 to 2011 here.
Source: The Associated Press/Detroit Free Press | Nation |
August 14, 2012
The number of U.S. and Canadian police cars that General Motors is recalling because a part in the front suspension can crack and cause a crash. The company will fix the problem at no cost to police departments.
The amount by which state pension systems grew from 2010 to 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The gains, though, still aren’t nearly enough to make a sizable dent in many states’ pension shortfalls.