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Earl Gregg Swem Library

State of the Commonwealth Address January 2015

Categories: Headlines,Virginia Issues

Text of Governor McAuliffe’s speech before the General Assembly on 14 January 2015.   From the Office of the Governor


Hampton Roads 2015 Economic Forecast

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Predicts a year of “tepid growth” for the Hampton Roads region due to strained federal budgets and reduced Department of Defense spending.  Covers employment, retail sales, and value of single-family residential building permits.  From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission


U.S. Crude Oil Export Policy: Background and Considerations

Categories: Congress,Energy,Environment,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Prices/Inflation

Examines the historical reasons for restrictions on the exporting of crude oil by the U.S., the current push to drop or revise the ban, and various considerations that need to be kept in mind including price effects, energy security, international trade policy, and environmental issues. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


A Decade of Arts Engagement: Findings from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 2002-2012

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Literacy/Reading,Statistics

Analyzes findings across several modes of arts participation (attending visual and performing arts events, reading literature, creating/performing art, and learning about arts) to show how many American adults (and their backgrounds) have participated in art through the 2002-2012 decade.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


When Going Gets Tough: Barriers and Motivations Affecting Arts Attendance

Categories: Arts/Humanities

Examines demographic and socio-economic characteristics of adults who attended visual and performing arts activities in 2012 and also offers perspectives on attitudes, motivations and barriers concerning arts attendance.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


The Implications of Devolution for England

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations

Covers what powers have been devolved to date, options for further devolution and decentralization , and the impact of devolution on Parliament.  House of Commons Command Paper Cm 8969


Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology

Outlines the history of efforts to achieve a balance between mental and physical health in care standards and public attitudes, the current ways in which parity is defined and measured, and the effort to achieve an ideal.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Value Based Assessment of Drugs

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Prices/Inflation,Science/Technology

Briefing for Parliamentarians on proposals to change the current assessment methods by which the British National Health Service bases the pricing of prescription drugs on their therapeutic benefits.   From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


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