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Impact of Regulations on Virginia’s Manufacturing Sector: 2016

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Statistics,Taxes,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt485.pdf

Updates a 2006 report on the same topic.  Finds that most regulations affecting Virginia’s manufacturers are federal in origin and most have not changed since 2005.  Includes several appendices which cover financial impact of regulations, manufacturing employment and output by sector, and a list of Virginia stand-alone regulations.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

Referendum Campaign Literature

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7678/CBP-7678.pdf

In the wake of complaints about the distribution of misleading information during the Brexit referendum, this paper looks at the regulation of campaign literature in the United Kingdom and other countries.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7678

 

U.S. R&D Increased by More Than $20 Billion in Both 2013 and 2014, with Similar Increase Estimated for 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2016/nsf16316/nsf16316.pdf

Research and development in the U.S. totaled $477.7 billion in 2014. Offers 4 tables which cover R&D expenditures by performing sector and source of funding, annual rates of growth in R&D spending from 1980s, 2014 expenditures by type of work, and the same topic from the 1970s to date. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

The State of Broadband 2016: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development

Categories: Statistics,Telecommunications/Internet,United Nations

http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/reports/bb-annualreport2016.pdf

Latest global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability with country  by country data measuring access against key targets.  Finds that just 6 populous countries account for 55% of those not connected to the Internet.  From the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

 

Generic Drugs Under Medicare: Part D Generic Drug Prices Declined Overall, but Some Had Extraordinary Price Increases

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Prices/Inflation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679022.pdf

Describes how generic drug prices under Medicare have changed over time, the extent to which generic drugs experienced extraordinary price increases and how that affected benefit design, and the factors identified as contributors to price changes.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Statistics for More Than 40 Demographic and Economic Topics Provide Detailed Profiles of Communities Nationwide

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2016/cb16-159.html

Press release announcing availability of 2015 social and economic data for local areas from the American Community Survey.  The release of the 5 year estimates covers national, state, congressional district, metro area, and counties/places with populations of 65,000 or more.  From the Census Bureau

 

Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44632.pdf

Although the extent and pace of future sea-level rise remains uncertain, the phenomenon is expected to contribute to floods, erosion, saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwaters, and changes in coastal terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.  Considers the causes, the effects on U.S. coasts, and the policy questions for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2016/september/united-states-reinstates-trade

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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