Economic Growth

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Texas 2011

Texas’ Place in the Rankings
1st Growth in Share of National Exports
2nd Export Intensity
3rd Small Business Survival Index
3rd Higher-ed Efficiency
4th Long-term Job Growth
4th Short-term Job Growth
5th Cost of Living
5th Job Placement Efficiency
6th State and Local Tax Burden
7th Entrepreneurial Activity
12th High-tech Share of All Businesses
12th Small Business Lending
13th Gross State Product Growth
13th Business Birth Rate
13th Business Tax Climate
13th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
14th Economic Output Per Job
14th Export Growth
14th STEM Job Growth
16th STEM Job Concentration
19th College Affordability
22nd Per Capita Income Growth
25th Median Family Income

Massachusetts 2011

Massachusetts’ Place in the Rankings
1st Median Family Income
1st Educational Attainment
2nd Job Placement Efficiency
3rd STEM Job Concentration
4th Higher-ed Degree Output
5th High Speed Broadband Availability
6th High-tech Share of All Businesses
8th Economic Output Per Job
9th High School Advanced Placement Intensity
9th High Speed Broadband Intensity
11th Short-term Job Growth
11th Budget Gap
21st Export Intensity
22nd Academic R&D Intensity
25th Higher-ed Efficiency

Nebraska 2011

Nebraska’s Place in the Rankings
3rd Transportation Infrastructure Performance
6th Cost of Living
7th Short-term Job Growth
8th Academic R&D Intensity
11th Productivity Growth
12th Higher-ed Degree Output
12th College Affordability
13th Long-term Job Growth
13th Export Growth
13th Educational Attainment
16th Median Family Income
16th Higher-ed Efficiency
19th Growth in Share of National Exports
21st Budget Gap
22nd Export Intensity Growth
22nd Job Placement Efficiency
23rd Gross State Product Growth
23rd Per Capita Income Growth
23rd High Speed Broadband Intensity

Hi-Tech's Impact on Health Information Exchanges

Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) support secure electronic sharing ofpatient health information among authorized caregivers, patients, public healthauthorities, and other providers of healthcare and payment services acrossdifferent settings and geographical areas. For example, a physician treatinga patient would be able to get authorization from the patient to access thepatient’s entire medical history including a list of current medications, knownallergies, and other vital information originally recorded in multiple systemsacross caregivers.

Future Highway and Public Transportation Financing (Phase 2)

A new study by the National Chamber Foundation (NCF) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calculates the funding shortfall that immediately threatens national mobility and identifies and quantifies specific strategies to address this deficit. This study is the first to provide a detailed blueprint for policymakers containing long-, medium-, and short-term strategies for closing the funding gap and transitioning to a new financing mechanism. The implementation of these strategies will require policymakers at all levels of government to make difficult decisions, but their leadership and the successful implementation of these strategies will help fuel U.S. economic productivity and competitiveness. Specifically, the federal government should provide incentives for the states to employ new financing mechanisms that will help fully fund transportation.

This study is the second phase of a two-part study researched by Cambridge Systematics and sponsored by NCF. Phase I found that the federal funding share falls short of what is needed to maintain and improve our nation’s transportation infrastructure. Phase II lays out long-term options to fully fund our transportation system and quantifies specific strategies that can guide the transition to a new financing mechanism.

Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance (Phase 1)

The Future Highway and Public Transportation Finance Study was commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through the National Chamber Foundation. The objective of this two-phased study is to identify funding mechanisms to meet national highway and transit investment needs. Phase I focuses on short-term funding for the period 2005 through 2015, starting with the reauthorization of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). It examines Federal options that would increase Federal Highway Trust Fund (HTF) revenues, and options that could enable and stimulate greater investment by states, local government, and the private sector. Phase II addresses long-term funding mechanisms, including alternatives to the current fuel tax-based system.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Access, Efficiency & Opportunity

Our research suggests that the market for consumer credit has matured in interesting and important ways, largely to the benefit of consumers. However, the principal aim of our research is to examine whether or not a loss of the existing framework of preemption would threaten the benefits currently enjoyed by consumers. We also consider the impact on consumers of possible modifications made at the federal level to that framework, where these modifications are consistent with the state legislative proposals examined in this report.

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