[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzVW-RaTDiY&w=560&h=315] In a new UMBClife video, Eric Zeemering, assistant professor of public policy, explores how local governments, constrained by tight budgets, find partners to deliver public services and achieve policy goals. Zeemering’s work focuses on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy, including policy relating to the sustainability of cities. He was recently named recipient of both the Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award and the Norton Long Developing Scholar Award from the Urban section of the American Political Science Association, in recognition of his scholarship, teaching and public service.
Maryland voters will soon decide whether to allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from Maryland high schools and meet other requirements to pay in-county/in-state tuition at local community colleges and public universities. A recent study on the Dream Act’s economic impacts by UMBC professors T.H. Gindling (economics) and Marvin Mandell (public policy) has received significant media attention and today appeared on TIME magazine‘s online coverage of the referendum. TIME notes that Gindling and Mandell’s study concludes, “the Dream Act would generate $66 million in economic activity for each incoming new class of undocumented students.” See the website of UMBC’s Maryland Institute… Continue Reading UMBC Study on Economic Impact of Dream Act in TIME
Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, commented Sunday on the Washington Post‘s finding that out-of-state gambling companies and their allies have spent $56 million in the fight over Question 7, which would allow a Las Vegas-style casino to be built in Prince George’s County. A Post poll revealed that 51% of likely voters say Maryland’s existing slots program has been a “good thing” for the state, but that 55% are not confident that the plan to expand gambling will produce more money for schools, as proponents suggest. “I think one has to conclude the ads… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Washington Post
Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, commented in today’s Gazette on both the Dream Act and same-sex marriage, topics of two referenda on Maryland ballots this November. In “Same-sex marriage ad campaign begins,” Norris argued that in general advertisements won’t sway voters already committed to a position. However, he suggested, ads featuring black ministers supportive of same-sex marriage rights could persuade some black voters whose churches oppose the measure to vote for it themselves. In “Dream Act fiscal impact remains murky,” Norris argued that a recent UMBC report which found the legislation to be… Continue Reading Don Norris, Public Policy, in the Gazette
In one month Maryland voters will decide whether to allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from Maryland high schools and meet other requirements to pay in-county/in-state tuition at local community colleges and public universities. Until now, voters had little information to go on about the Dream Act’s likely effects, but a new report from UMBC professors T.H. Gindling (economics) and Marvin Mandell (public policy) offers hard data on its economic impacts. “Private and Government Fiscal Costs and Benefits of the Maryland Dream Act” is a working paper funded by the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (MIPAR) at UMBC. The… Continue Reading UMBC Study on Economic Impact of Dream Act in Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, WYPR
Three major issues are dominating the 2012 election season in Maryland, reports The Washington Examiner: the Dream Act, same-sex marriage and casino expansion. Although large ad buys are expected for all three ballot measures, UMBC’s Donald Norris anticipates that the deep pockets of casino developers will make that issue the most visible. Norris, professor and chairman of the Department of Public Policy, told the Examiner, “It’s the only [ballot question] where the opponents and proponents have nearly unlimited dollars.”
John Rennie Short, professor of public policy at UMBC and expert on urban and environmental issues and political geography, has published the first general history of Korea as seen through maps. Korea: A Cartographic History, from the University of Chicago Press, provides a visually stunning introduction to how Korea has been represented through maps over the last 600 years. The book description reads: A common theme running throughout Short’s study is how the global flow of knowledge and ideas affects mapmaking, and Short reveals how Korean mapmakers throughout history have embodied, reflected, and even contested these foreign depictions of their… Continue Reading John Rennie Short Publishes “Korea: A Cartographic History”
Eric Zeemering, assistant professor of public policy at UMBC, has been named this year’s recipient of both the Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award and the Norton Long Developing Scholar Award from the Urban section of the American Political Science Association, in recognition of his scholarship, teaching and public service. Zeemering’s work focuses on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy. His research has appeared in journals including Public Administration Review and Urban Affairs Review.
Public Policy PhD student Cheryl Camillo (Health Policy) was quoted in an Associated Press story about who qualifies for Medicaid. What’s largely unknown to many Americans is who is left out of the safety net, said Cheryl Camillo, a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research. “A huge chunk of the populace is not covered, even by Medicaid,” she said. Cheryl is a senior researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.
Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, offered his expertise on e-government in the Baltimore Sun‘s August 8 article “State launches online voter registration.” The program’s supporters hope the move will increase the number of eligible voters on the rolls and make registration errors less common, but Norris has his doubts. “There have been all kinds of attempts to tweak the voting system to increase voter registration,” Norris said. “Nothing seems to work.” He argued that online registration won’t boost turnout in the coming election, and that ultimately voter enthusiasm for candidates is what matters… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun
Gov. Martin O’Malley has called for a special legislative session on gambling next month in what the Baltimore Sun has dubbed “a high-stakes political bet that he can prevail in a struggle over one of the most contentious issues facing Maryland.” O’Malley would like to expand gambling in Maryland through a proposal that he says would add $100 million in revenue to next year’s state budget. A win could bolster his image as an effective leader both within the state and nationally. But what are his chances? Donald F. Norris, professor and chairman of UMBC’s Department of Public Policy, told… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in the Baltimore Sun
Donald Norris, professor and chair of public policy, recently spoke with The Gazette for on efforts to create a Maryland House of Delegates single-member subdistrict in Montgomery County, which would ostensibly aid in the election of a Latino lawmaker to represent a largely-Latino area. Those in favor feel that such a subdistrict would be beneficial in strengthening populations with common backgrounds and interests, while skeptics argue that these efforts could do long-term harm by creating uncompetitive seats and limiting chances to unseat incumbents. Norris listed a number of complexities to the single-member issue, speaking of issues involving parochialism, partisanship, the benefits and… Continue Reading Donald Norris, Public Policy, in The Gazette