Archive for October, 2012

The Birth of the IMF and the World Bank: The Bretton Woods Conference

While World War II convulsed the world, selected leaders and chief economists from the Allied nations met at Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to hammer out the details of financial stability in the post-war era. This days-long conference’s deliberations have never been made public before now. The Bretton Woods Transcripts have now been released along with other primary source material.

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New Jersey’s Population Growth to 2030

The Projections of New Jersey’s Population and Labor Force, issued 10-12-12, show the following: the elderly population will rapidly increase while older workers become less of a factor in the workforce; Hispanic population will grow so dramatically that by 2030 they will comprise 26.7% of the state’s population; the Asian population will also show advances in numbers; the African American population will grow but more slowly; there will still be more women than men in the state; and by 2025, the white population will no longer be in the majority, comprising 49.4% of the total state population.

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New Jersey Has Third Highest Public College Tuition in the Country

According to table 7 in Trends in College Pricing 2012-2013, New Jersey has among the highest in-state tuition rates for public four-year colleges in the U.S.(17) Other findings include the fact that 92% of college enrollees in New Jersey were in-state residents and”… in fall 2010, 35,000 New Jersey residents left the state to begin college — over six times as many as the 5,500 who came to New Jersey to study.”(33) This would indicate a tremendous demand for student spaces that is not being addressed by this state. As the Bergen Record reports: “A high cost of living and a relative lack of state support for public colleges and universities help make New Jersey’s schools expensive for students, experts say. The state ranks 32nd in per-capita spending on higher education, according to the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities.”  Tuition at New Jersey public colleges averages $12,399; the national rate is $8,655. For those interested, NJCU’s annual instate tuition is $7,360, the lowest in the state.

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Work-Life Balance of Congressional Staff Members

How do individuals who work on the Hill reconcile their home lives with the demands made upon them by their hectic, pressure-filled schedules and duties? Based on 1400 interviews, Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate, gives the reader some insight into the domestic and professional lives of congressional staffers. Topics addressed include: work schedules, office culture. flexibility to balance work and life issues, time management, and job burnout. These are then followed by advice from private sector exports on balancing work and life. The report ends with a socio-economic profiles of the interviewees. Information on congressional staff salaries is available as is Inside the Hill, a series of videos describing how  social media and technology are changing the ways Congress does business.

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Presidential Salaries from 1789 to the Present

President Obama currently receives $400,000 a year, subject to income taxes. President of the United States: Compensation from CRS presents an historical overview of presidential salaries along with numerous footnotes.

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Video of Third-Party Presidential Debate

Not only President Obama and Governor Romney have had debates. Yesterday, the third-party candidates held a joint debate. The participants included Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson. It is on C-SPAN, of course. Democracy Now hosts Expanding the Debate featuring news and further elucidations from third-party candidates.

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Facts About America’s Libraries

Try these on: Americans spend three times as much on candy as they do on public libraries; 6.6 million reference questions are answered every week; and college libraries receive only three cents of every dollar spent on higher education. These and other facts are found in the American Library Association’s Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries.

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