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The Tobin Tax

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Great Britain,Taxes

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/SN01346

Discusses the origin and controversy about the Tobin Tax, proposed by American economist James  Tobin in the 1970s to discourage currency speculation.  The recent financial crisis has caused policy makers to look again at the idea of taxing financial transactions as insurance against excessive, risky speculation by large financial organizations.  From the House of Commons Library

 

More Young Adults are Living in their Parents’ Home

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/families_households/cb11-183.html

Press release which reports that as of 2011 19% of males aged 25-34 are living in the home of their parents and 10% of the women are.  Also provides links to a series of detailed tables entitled  America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011.  From the Census Bureau

 

Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Attributed to Intentional Poisoning

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.oas.samhsa.gov/2k11/DAWN040/WEB_DAWN_040_HTML.pdf

In 2009 there were an estimated 14,720 visits to hospital emergency departments due to intentional drug poisoning, and females accounted for nearly two-thirds of the visits.  From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Overdoses of Prescription Opoid Pain Relievers, United States, 1999-2008

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm60e1101a1.htm?s_cid=mm60e1101a1_w

Reports that drug overdose deaths involving pain relievers now exceed deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined.  Opoid pain relievers were involved in 14,800 of the 20,000 prescription drug overdose deaths in 2008.  Cites wide variations among states in OPR prescribing as a cause of the increase in deaths.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Student Victimization in U.S. Schools: Results from the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Education,Statistics

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012314.pdf

In school year 2008-09 about 3.9% of students aged 12-18 reported they were victims of any kind of crime at school.  Also reports on the presence of gangs and drugs at schools.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Nation’s Report Card: Findings in Brief: Reading and Mathematics 2011

Categories: Education,Headlines,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/main2011/2012459.pdf

Reports national results on reading and math tests in 2011 for 4th and 8th graders.  Student performance increases in math at both grades and in reading at grade 8.  Also reports on states where grades were higher or lower on either exam.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2011 Virginia Snapshot Report Grade 4

Categories: Education,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2011/2012451VA4.pdf

Reports that Virginia’s 4th graders were 5 points higher than the national average on the 2011 tests and 46% performed at or above the proficient level.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

The Nation’s Report Card: Mathematics 2011 Virginia Snapshot Report Grade 8

Categories: Education,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/stt2011/2012451VA8.pdf

Reports that Virginia 8th graders were 6 points higher than the national average on the 2011 tests and 40% performed at or above the proficient level.   From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

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