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Enabling citizens to solve problems effectively in the space between Government and the Market Economy.
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Debating a Change of Faith Under Brutal Captivity

Debating a Change of Faith Under Brutal Captivity | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
After some of James Foley’s fellow Roman Catholics portrayed him as a symbol of faith under brutal conditions, the disclosure that he had converted to Islam in captivity has stirred debate.
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Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.

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37 Must-See Cheats That Will Help You In Your Next Home Interior Project

37 Must-See Cheats That Will Help You In Your Next Home Interior Project | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
You might find these very useful.
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Milking taxpayers

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THE father of Major Major, a character in Catch 22, a novel by Joseph Heller, makes a good living not growing alfalfa. “The more alfalfa he did not grow, the more...
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Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps?

Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The stylized geography of urban transit.
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Economic Forecasting Survey

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The Wall Street Journal surveys a group of nearly 50 economists on more than 10 major economic indicators on a monthly basis.
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Update:Police Arrest Public Defender For Refusing To Allow Police Intimidation Of Her Clients - YouTube

The San Francisco deputy public defender who was arrested at the Hall of Justice for allegedly obstructing police filed a misconduct complaint Thursday again...

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A Plant-Based Diet Can Have Its Problems Too - Organic Authority

A Plant-Based Diet Can Have Its Problems Too - Organic Authority | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Choosing a plant-based diet doesn't come without its problems. A look at the recent case of almond milk, and its spike in popularity.

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Fact check:

Almond milk: 4 almonds (4 gallons of water) plus one half gallon of filtered water.

Tea: 108 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of tea.

Coffee: 1,056 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of coffee.

Beer: 296 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of beer.

Wine: 872 gallons of water....

Chicken: 518 gallons per pound.

Beef: 1847 gallons per pound.

Chocolate: 2061 gallons per pound.

 

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How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging

How to Raise a University’s Profile: Pricing and Packaging | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The transformation of George Washington from humble commuter school into nationally known university has served as a model for other striving campuses. The direction: up!
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The same quality degree at UAF for about $7k a year....Pretty good deal....

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Traps or snares that injure, kill off-leash pets concern Mat-Su dog owners

Traps or snares that injure, kill off-leash pets concern Mat-Su dog owners | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Alaska Safe Trails has been circulating a petition in hopes of generating public support to prohibit trapping in a few areas in the Mat-Su: The Crevasse-Moraine trail system, the Government Peak recreational trail system, and Borough Core area schools. Mitchell said the petition had about 100 signatures in three days.
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Yup, things necessarily change as a population grows....

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Run Fast, Die Young?

Run Fast, Die Young? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A 12-year survey finds that those with strenuous workouts die at the same rate as couch potatoes.
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Core values

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ANTARCTICA is 2,700km away. Yet as the brief austral summer fades, for Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania, it is big business. The town is home...
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With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia

With Porches And Parks, A Texas Community Aims For Urban Utopia | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Austin's Mueller neighborhood is a new-urbanist dream, designed to be convivial, walkable and energy-efficient. Every house has a porch or stoop, and all the cars are hidden away.

 

After moving here, respondents said, they spend an average of 90 fewer minutes a week in the car, and most reported higher levels of physical activity.  The poll results seem to validate new-urbanist gospel: good design, like sidewalks, street lighting, extensive trails and parkland, can improve social and physical health.  Part II: A Texas Community Takes on Racial Tensions Once Hidden Under The Surface.

 

Tags: housing, urban, planning, urbanism, unit 7 cities, neighborhood, podcast.


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Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System

Local Food With a Big Twist: Oregon Super-Cooperative Takes Aim at the Corporate Food System | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of competing with one another.

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People Of Edmonton, Get Your Skates On!

People Of Edmonton, Get Your Skates On! | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
In Edmonton, people might just start to use their skates to commute in the future. Citizen Matt Gibbs wants to inspire the Canadian city to develop 10 kilometers of inner city ice skating infrastructure.
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The Saudi project, part two

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STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices...
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Walker's bold investment plans fall victim to deficit, surging stock market

Walker's bold investment plans fall victim to deficit, surging stock market | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Gov. Bill Walker’s administration is pulling back from initial proposals to more aggressively invest Alaska’s billions of dollars in savings. Instead, as deficits eat into those accounts, it is now looking at investing even more cautiously in the future than previous administrations.
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Safety, Liquidity, then Yield (SLY).  That's the mantra of investing public funds.

 

However, having said that, he arbitrage plan suggested isn't unusual.  Many states use Temporary Revenue Anticipation Notes (TRANs) in order to normalize cash flow for revenue streams that are anything but regular (i.e. taxes).  A side benefit is that you invest money borrowed at tax free government rates and hold the money in taxable rate accounts.  The IRS allows this for periods under a year.  So, you might take a TRAN in December and immediately reinvest 50% in 120 day CD's, 25% in 90 day CD's and 25% in 60 day CD.  You collect market rate interest until the funds mature and then you use them to meet expenses during the months when you anticipate expenses will exceed revenue.  The other benefit to this strategy is that all of your long-term investments stay out in their investment pool making better returns.

 

Furthermore, it's also smart to be shipping these short term funds in the State's cash accounts out overnight to collect a basis point or so of interest--this adds up over the years; and, the State should have sweep accounts where all claims (checks) against the state's assets collect for the day while the state's money stays in interest accruing accounts, then at the end of the day, the exact amount needed to clear those liabilities is transferred into the account and any balance is swept back to the overnight fund account.

 

These are marginal strategies, but a few basis points here and there add up to a few position's salaries; or capital projects each year.

 

To evaluate the arbitrage plan of investing $5 billion in the stock market, I'd refer back to the rule at the top of the page.  With what you know today, could you invest in stocks and comply with SLY?  Most likely not.  In hindsight you can see opportunities lost, but that can't outweigh the risk of having a catastrophic loss of public funds.  There are need people, public safety, public health, infrastructure, and pensions riding on those funds and we're entrusted with making sure those funds are there when needed.  You can't do that when you focus on Yield as a primary goal of public investment.

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Moose mercy, or just a moose mess?

Moose mercy, or just a moose mess? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The Alaska Moose Federation got state money and the dedicated efforts of volunteers in an effort to help orphaned moose calves. Some were nursed and released; others perished. 
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UPDATE: SF Public Defender, Who Was Arrested While Protecting Client, Will Not Be Charged

UPDATE: SF Public Defender, Who Was Arrested While Protecting Client, Will Not Be Charged | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
BenSwann.com previously reported on the unusual case of San Francisco deputy public defender Jami Tillotson, who was arrested last month as she was leaving a c

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Democrats say Legislature has made bipartisanship harder

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Some Democratic lawmakers say they’ve lost a tool for bipartisan cooperation following a committee vote Tuesday evening to change the Alaska Legislature’s procedural rules.
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What This City Did With An Abandoned Walmart Is Absolutely Brilliant. You'll Love It

What This City Did With An Abandoned Walmart Is Absolutely Brilliant. You'll Love It | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
It's true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas.
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APOC to consider whether policy analysts must disclose finances

APOC to consider whether policy analysts must disclose finances | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A draft advisory opinion, prepared by Alaska Public Offices Commission Executive Director Paul Dauphinais, says fulltime employees working under the title of policy analyst in the governor's office would be required to file public official financial disclosure statements.
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If the law is unclear, then change the law.  Anyone who has an official role in setting policy must disclose their conflicts.  That's how conflicts are controlled: through sunshine.

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Should NEW cities be built or old cities restored?

Should NEW cities be built or old cities restored? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
An illustrated look at a Russian architectural practice’s winning proposal to redevelop Kaliningrad’s historic centre

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Should new cities be built or old cities restored?

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Governor's nominee insists he's impartial as fish board fight looms in the Legislature

Governor's nominee insists he's impartial as fish board fight looms in the Legislature | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Gov. Bill Walker’s nominee to the state Board of Fisheries says he can be impartial despite his past work on behalf of commercial fishermen, even as several lawmakers here said he’ll face a difficult confirmation battle.
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