The Wonk Salon, September 15, 2011

Biiig Medical Malpractice Reform in TexasTexas Public Policy Foundation

Texas was bleeding doctors before 2003 when the state enacted comprehensive medical malpractice reform. The Texas Medical Board has received 83 percent more applications and licensed 60 percent more doctors in the past four years than in the four years preceding reform.

Does Staunton Really Need Subsidized Airline Flights?
Taxpayers for Common Sense
It costs a $105 subsidy per passenger under the Essential Air Service program to provide airline service from Staunton, Va., to Washington Dulles airport. An inter-city bus traveling the same route would require a subsidy of only $38.

State Laws Regulating Sex Offenders Vary
Government Accountability Office
No one keeps statistics on the number of children abused in child care facilities. All states require criminal background checks for employees, but penalties and exemptions vary.

Updating the Measure of Poverty
Urban Institute
Official poverty statistics measure earned personal income but excludes transfer payments. The Supplemental Poverty Measure captures those payments, adjusts for living costs, and gives a more realistic measure of poverty across the United States.

Recession Over but Poverty Up
Economic Policy Institute
Since the Great Recession ended, the number of jobs fell by 658,000, the unemployment rate increased from 9.3 percent to 9.6 percent, and the share of unemployed workers who had been unemployed for more than six months climbed from 31.2 percent to 43.3 percent.

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