November 05, 2007

Excellent New Land Use Blog

Professor Patricia Salkin of Albany Law School has started an outstanding blog on land use law developments:  http://lawoftheland.wordpress.com/about/ It's highly recommended.

November 5, 2007 in Suggested Reading | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

January 19, 2006

Stateline's "State of the States 2006"

For those unfamiliar, take a look at the excellent website of  Stateline.org.  They had notified readers of their periodic updates that the 2006 "State of the States" publication could be requested, and I put in the request.  The report came in the mail yesterday.  Excellent coverage and analysis.

Some of their predictions include: 

*"Wedge issues" pushed by conservatives:  illegal immigration, state spending caps similar to Coloarado's "Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights," and proposals to require schools to spend a minimum of 65 percent of education dollars in the classroom.

*State efforts to raise the minimum wage (good comments on that topic from Governing Magazine's "13th Floor" blog).

*Hard financial choices:  Medicaid (now taking 22% of state budgets), Medicare drug benefits, money to schools to meet No Child Left Behind requirements.

*Social issues:  Gay rights, abortion, stem cell research

*Eminent domain (post Kelo)

*Criminal matters:  Death penalty, sex offenders

*Government work force and pension obligations (with the coming of GASBE changes)

In addition to "issues to watch" the report includes segments on:  politics, homeland security, aging, health care, taxesa and budget, education, energy, immigration

It's really worth reading.

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January 16, 2006

Fordham Urban Law J Symposium: Post 9/11 Cities

Fordham Urban Law Journal's yearly symposium has now been published.  This year's topic is "Post 9/11 Cities:  The Terrorist Threat and Its Implications for Planning and Policing Urban Areas.

Articles include the following:

Chauncey Parker, Local Policing in a Post-9/11 World, 32 Fordham Urb. L.J. 787 (2005)

Peter Marcuse, The "Threat of Terrorism" and the Right to the City, 32 Fordham Urb. L.J. 767 (2005)


Mark Blitz, "The Dangers of Fighting Terrorism with Technocommunitarianism:  Constitutional Protections of Free Expression, Exploraiton, and Unmonitored Activity in Urban Spaces," 32 Fordham Urb. L. J. 677 (2005)

David Dixon, Will 9/11 Continue to Take a Toll on America's Cities?  32 Forham Urb. L. J. 723 (2005)

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