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2010 Policy Clearinghouse Blog: Year in Review

Chaaron Pearson on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:00:00 am

2010: Policy Blog Year in Review

As this year draws to a close, here is a look back at a few of the news makers in 2010:

Prison Reform: Sentencing and Spending
Thanks to a partnership with the Pew Center on the States, ACCE has focused on the penal system and the impact of sentencing and prison spending on state budgets.  Look for more information to come from states (like Indiana) that have focused on reviewing their state’s prison system.  To read more about Indiana: Prison Study Recommendations Endorsed by Governor

Previous Prison Reform Blog Posts:
            Increasing Demand for Corrections Reform – September 20, 2010
            Indiana to Review Sentencing Policy and Prison Spending – July 14, 2010

Public Pensions
Another heavily debated topic was the impact of public pensions on state budgets.  Expect to hear more about this in 2011 as state budgets continue to tighten.

Previous Public Pension Blog Posts:
            Schwarzenegger Weighs in on Public Pensions – August 30, 2010
            Chicago Suburb Examines Public Pensions – August 27, 2010
            Testing Public Pension Options – August 27, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law
The passage of the Arizona Immigration Law was one of the most controversial stories of 2010 and it looks like 2011 could bring similar laws in more states.  According to a study by the National Immigration Forum (who is against Arizona’s immigration legislation), seven states are “likely” to pass a law similar to Arizona’s in the coming year.  To read more: States could follow Arizona on immigration.  Complete Report: National Immigration Forum

Previous Arizona Immigration Law Blog Posts:
            Utah Compact on Immigration – November 18, 2010
            AZ Laws Spreading, Rhetoric Heating Up – July 9, 2010
            Time to Tackle Immigration Reform – May 27, 2010

Healthcare Reform
2010 has been a historic year for healthcare.  Between the passage of the reform bill, the Virginia court ruling and the pending healthcare lawsuit in Florida, healthcare will be a topic that carries far into 2011 and beyond.

Previous Healthcare Blog Posts:
            VA Court Finds Provision of ObamaCare Unconstitutional – December 14, 2010
            Healthcare Reform Resource – June 10, 2010
            3 Words on Healthcare – April 2, 2010

           

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