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Assessing the Cost of Political Uncertainty

A video explores the financial costs of times of political uncertainty, and shows that during a month in which politics are in flux, the cost to the global economy can be roughly $15 billion.
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Reworking the Economy to Reduce Inequality

The Roosevelt Institute has released a comprehensive policy agenda for reducing inequality and improving economic performance by overhauling the laws and institutions that shape the economy.
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Exploring Open Governance

The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance has released its core research agenda, which will focus primarily on two areas: data-driven governance and collaborative governance.
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Assessing the Proposed Illinois FY16 Budget

A report by the Civic Federation finds that the proposed Illinois FY16 budget relies heavily on projected savings that do not appear to be achievable in light of the state’s obligations and long-term policy objectives.
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Understanding Illinois Pensions

The Civic Federation provides two easy-to-understand primers on public employee pensions in the State of Illinois.
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Assessing Views on Open Government Data

Americans are generally optimistic that government initiatives to use open data can make government more accountable, but they are less confident that open data will improve government performance, according to a national survey.
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Supporting Transparency and Participation in Internet Governance

The NETmundial Solutions Map, a tool created by members of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance, facilitates information sharing and collaboration on Internet governance issues.
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Understanding Successful Aging of Societies

A specially-themed issue of Daedalus focuses on the opportunities and challenges facing the United States as its population ages.
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Assessing State Spending on Substance Use Disorders

This report assesses the country’s substance use disorder challenges and states’ role in addressing them.
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Report Explores States’ Role in Treating Substance Abuse

The report found that more than 21 million Americans aged 12 and older had a substance abuse disorder in 2013, with only 18 percent of them receiving treatment.
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Legislating Evidence-Based Policymaking

A brief from the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative reviews state laws that support data-driven decision-making and identifies thematic approaches to promoting data-driven program choices.
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Assessing Illinois’ Deficit

Illinois faces a $9 billion operating deficit in fiscal year 2016, according to a report from the Fiscal Futures Project of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.