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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Virginia Compared to the Other States: National Rankings on Taxes, Budgetary Components, and Other Indicators: 2013 Edition

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Taxes,Virginia Issues

Compares Virginia with other states on taxes, budgets, income, employment, spending and other indicators.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission


The Expansion of the Panama Canal and Its Impact on Virginia

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Transportation,Virginia Issues

By 2015 larger cargo ships will be able to pass through an expanded Panama Canal.  East coast ports such as the Port of Virginia at Hampton Roads will be able to compete for increased trade and could take contracts away from west coast ports.  This article describes the  new opportunities and proposes several changed scenarios for international cargo transport.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Great Britain,Marriage/Family,Religion/Ethics


British legislation that would introduce civil marriage for same sex couples and enable religious organizations to conduct same sex marriages if they wish to do so.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 13/08.


Residential Heat Pumps

Categories: Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Summarizes the use of heat pump technology for residential buildings and constraints on their use in England.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Maximising the Value of Recycled Materials

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Science/Technology,Waste Management

Provides an overview of the way materials are recycled in England and how their economic value can be better exploited.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Reporting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Examines how greenhouse gas emissions are measured, reported, and verified.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Docket Wrench

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

New website from a private source that provides text of regulations and proposed regulations and tracks comments received by individual and organization submitters.  From the Sunlight Foundation


Title IX, Sex Discrimination, and Intercollegiate Athletics: A Legal Overview

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Civil/Human Rights,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Women

Provides an overview of Title IX in general and the intercollegiate athletics regulations in particular, as well as a summary, as well as a summary of a 2003 study commission report on the matter.  Also covers legal challenges to the regulations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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