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.
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.
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:
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)