Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Truth in Lending: Proposed Regulation

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations

http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/bcreg20101213a1.pdf

Proposes to apply the protections of the Truth in Lending Act to consumer credit transactions up to $50,000, compared to the current limit of $25,000.  From the Federal Reserve

Making Policing More Affordable: Managing Costs and Measuring Value in Policing

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Finance

http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/231096.pdf

Public spending on police has more than quadrupled over the last 20+ years.  This paper looks at what is driving the costs up,  what communities have received  in return for their investment in police forces, and some tactics being used to control costs.  From the National Institute of Justice and Harvard University

Smoking Stops Declining and Shows Signs of Increasing Among Younger Teens

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics,Youth

http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/10cigpr.pdf

Press release which discusses the findings of Monitoring the Future, the 36th annual survey of drug use by American teens.  Reports that the substantial decrease in teen smoking that began in the mid-1990s has come to a halt among younger teens.  Supplemented by charts and statistical tables from 2010 Data from In-school Surveys of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th– Grade Students.

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan.

Marijuana Use is Rising …

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Statistics,Youth

http://monitoringthefuture.org/pressreleases/10drugpr.pdf

Press release which discusses the findings of Monitoring the Future, the 36th annual survey of drug use by American teens.  Finds that marijuana use is rising and alcohol use is declining among American youth.  Supplemented by charts and statistical tables from 2010 Data from In-school Surveys of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th– Grade Students.

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan.

Strength in Numbers: Your Guide to Census 2010 Redistricting Data From the U.S. Census Bureau

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/rdo/pdf/StrengthInNumbers2010.pdf

This brochure explains where Census numbers come from and the role these numbers have in the way states and localities redraw the boundaries of their legislative districts.  From the Census Bureau

Federal Debt and Interest Costs

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/119xx/doc11999/12-14-FederalDebt.pdf

This study provides background material on the current federal debt and on interest costs.  Though the interest on the debt that the federal government currently pays is low by historical standards as a percentage of GDP, interest rates may grow rapidly in the next few years. From the Congressional Budget Office