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Federalism in Myanmar

POSTED | Feb 15, 2018

Dulyapak Preecharush traces the history of federalism in Myanmar, noting that federalism-building has been an arduous task for the nation. Read more here.

Attorneys General Push Congress for New Workplace Harassment Law

POSTED | Feb 15, 2018

The attorneys general of every state, U.S. territory, and the District of Columbia have sent a letter to Congress asking for increased protections against workplace...More

Blue Cross to Offer Noncompliant Health Plans in Idaho

POSTED | Feb 15, 2018

Blue Cross has announced that it will follow new rules in Idaho that allow it to offer health plans that do not fully comply with...More

Should the Census Inquire Into Citizen Status?

POSTED | Feb 15, 2018

The Trump administration is pushing for the inclusion of a question on the 2020 census asking whether respondents are citizens. The administration characterizes the question as a...More

Nepal Federalism Update

POSTED | Feb 15, 2018

Two recent articles about federalism-related developments in Nepal address federalism and ethnic violence and the financial challenges in moving away from a unitary system of...More

Book on Federalism Reform in Germany

POSTED | Feb 14, 2018

Nathalie Behnke and Sabine Kropp have edited Ten Years of Federalism Reform in Germany: Dynamics and Effects of Institutional Development (Oxon: Routledge, 2018). The book...More

Australia's GST Distribution

POSTED | Feb 14, 2018

Robert Carling writes that distributing goods and services tax (GST) revenue fairly among the Australian states is always a challenging task because GST revenue is...More

Saskatchewan Premier Rejects Canada's Carbon Tax

POSTED | Feb 14, 2018

Scott Moe, Saskatchewan's next premier, has announced that he plans to resist the carbon tax that the federal government wants all Canadian provinces to use....More

"Crimmigration" and Sanctuary Cities

POSTED | Feb 13, 2018

Annie Lai and Christopher N. Lasch examine the intersection of criminal law and immigration law through delineating and synthesizing critiques. The authors use these classifications to analyze...More

California's Plan to Limit Effect of SALT Cap Faces an Uphill Struggle

POSTED | Feb 13, 2018

California's plan to shield taxpayers from the new tax law's cap on deducting state and local taxes is viewed by many as a test case...More

Republican Governors Balk at Education Plans

POSTED | Feb 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the Every Student Succeeds Act plans of 35 states. Of the nine plans that are currently disputed, seven...More

Infrastructure Plan Leans on State and Local Funding

POSTED | Feb 13, 2018

The Trump administration's new infrastructure-spending proposal relies heavily on funding from states, localities, and the private sector. Read more here and here.

Leaders Call on Trump Administration to Not Politicize the Census

POSTED | Feb 12, 2018

In this op-ed, David Leonhardt points to complaints made by state and local leaders that the Trump administration is attempting to politicize the U.S. Census...More

"Territorial Federalism" and Puerto Rico

POSTED | Feb 12, 2018

In this commentary, Juan Torruella asserts that the notion of "territorial federalism" is inapt for resolving Puerto Rico's status. Torruella contends that this concept is...More

The Impact of the Budget Deal on States and Cities

POSTED | Feb 12, 2018

The recently agreed upon budget deal presents states and localities with an overarching framework of what to expect in the federal budget as well as...More