Climate and Clean Energy Policy Federalism

Federalism has been a constant driver of progress and source of tension throughout U.S. history. Federalist #46 notes the limitation of the federal authorities but also indicates an opportunity for expansion of federal power where voters and politicians find it prudent. Federalism can be unequal and inefficient, but it can also suit local resources and needs and foster effective competition.

Source: Climate and Clean Energy Policy Federalism

[In short, competition focused on the right outcomes, not just for competition’s sake, brings out the best in our systems and drives innovation. ed.]

#Civics Lost—No Apparent Priority in #Education

Perhaps this is obvious, but if the 2016 presidential campaign is an indication of anything, it should be an indication of how desperately we need more attention to civics in our schools and public discussion. ed.

A majority of students don’t know, or appear to care, about their own country’s system of governance. When tested, high school and college graduates alike do very poorly in answering basic questions regarding American democratic principles, political processes or the power and functions of governmental institutions. Whether administered by the conservative educational Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) or the liberal arts defending American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), test results suggest that civic and political ignorance is alarmingly widespread even among the nation’s most educated.

Source: Civics Lost—No Apparent Priority in Education

Inclusionary Housing: A Policy Whose Time Has Come | PA TIMES Online #regionalplanning

Interesting article; however, I believe it misses a discussion on whether the goal of strategically and/or demographically driven quantities of affordable housing is to be met for each development or on a regional basis. Applying the rules for individual developments appears to let regional leaders off the hook for real regional  planning. I’m open to informed comment.

PA Senator Wiley’s Proposed Charter Competition Legislation

Here’s the core proposal:

“SB 1308 that would use private market forces to determine a more accurate rate. Senate Bill 1308 would increase competition among cyber charter education providers, including licensed cyber charters and school district cyber programs. Through competitive bidding, PDE would determine the primary cyber charter school for each of eight designated regions throughout Pennsylvania. Bids would be offered for proposed cyber tuition per student, with the designation of a primary regional cyber charter going to the lowest responsible bidder.”

Source: My Legislation (not the author’s, but Sen Wiley’s)

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