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18.05.47 By Matthew Stewart. Atlantic Monthly, June 2018, pp. 48-63.
Explores the "meritocratic class" in America, or the 9.9 percent of the population poised between the top 0.1 percent and the bottom 90 percent. Explains the factors that define this group and have led to its existence in a time of rising inequality and falling social mobility.

See: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/06/the-birth-of-a-new-american-aristocracy/559130/
18.05.48 By Will Newton. Austin Business Journal, May 18, 2018, p. 27.
Explains the National Federation of Independent Business' [NFIB] position on regulatory mandates imposed by local governments.

Related information at: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=293797
18.05.49 By Lisa McKinney. Capitol Ideas, March/April 2018, pp. 42-45.
Highlights the necessity of infrastructure planning for states as an investment in emergency preparedness, after the record-high cost of United States weather and climate disasters in 2017. Estimates Hurricane Harvey is the most costly hurricane in United States history, at $125 billion.
18.05.50 By Katie Albis. Capitol Ideas, March/April 2018, pp. 34-35.
Notes states spent $57 billion on corrections in 2016, including prison operations, probation and parole systems, alternatives to incarceration, and juvenile justice programs. Quotes Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
18.05.51 By Christina A. Samuels and Alex Harwin. Education Week, May 16, 2018, pp. 1, 20.
Reports the federal government now requires compilation of data on the physical punishment of preschoolers in public schools.
18.05.52 Education Week, May 9, 2018, pp. 1, 14.
Attributes an increase of vaping in schools to a lack of regulation and the Juul device, which allows students to easily conceal their vaping habit.
18.05.53 By Valerie Wilson and Julia Wolfe. EPI Fact Sheet, May 15, 2018, pp. 1-4.
Points out the negative association between wages and right-to-work laws, which affect both union and non-union workers.

Related information at: http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/right-to-work-laws-and-bills.aspx
18.05.54 By Jackie Benton and Bruce Wright. Fiscal Notes, May 2018, pp. 6-10.
Notes Texas state government currently has the highest state employee turnover rate of the last five years, 18.6 percent in fiscal year 2017. Highlights the turnover crisis in correctional officers at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2018/may/turnover.php#article
18.05.55 By Kevin McPherson, Jessica Donald, and Bruce Wright. Fiscal Notes, May 2018, pp. 1, 3-5.
Identifies Texas transportation funding needs for roads and highways, freight rail, transit, aviation, and ports through 2040, according to TxDOT's Texas Transportation Plan 2040.

See: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2018/may/transportation.php#article
18.05.56 By Kevin Brady. Houston Business Journal, May 10, 2018, p. 34.
Discusses how increased tariffs on China are affecting Texas companies.
18.05.57 By Chris Pope. National Review, May 28, 2018, pp. 29-30, 32.
Argues the major responsibilities of state governments, such as education and Medicaid, have become opportunities to claim federal funds and therefore shift costs to federal taxpayers. Proposes transforming matching fund programs to block grants to eliminate the incentive for states to inflate their expenditures.
18.05.58 By Wesley Smith. National Review, May 28, 2018, pp. 16-18.
Criticizes the expansion of assisted suicide and euthanasia laws. Claims that restrictions and strict guidelines do not guard against abuse.
18.05.59 By Maya Wiley. New Republic, June 2018, pp. 9-10.
Examines how prosecutors are reforming the criminal justice system from within instead of through the traditional legislative route. Discusses the sweeping drug policy reforms recently implemented in Philadelphia and former Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' establishment of the country's first Conviction Integrity Unit.
18.05.60 By Jill Lepore. New Yorker, May 21, 2018, pp. 48-50, 52-55.
Examines the victims'-rights movement and its impact on the criminal justice system. Reviews the laws and court cases that have increased victims' input in criminal trials.

See: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/the-rise-of-the-victims-rights-movement
18.05.61 By Gordon P. Andrews and Wilson J. Warren. Phi Delta Kappan, May 2018, pp. 19-24.
Argues the decline in Michigan's public education system occurred in part due to power shifting from educators to a few state officials with limited or no experience in schools.
18.05.62 By Sarah Constantin. Reason, June 2018, pp. 34-38.
Proposes bringing back the sense of urgency found in early cancer chemotherapy research by streamlining regulatory processes, getting new drugs to doctors faster, and basing FDA approval on a drug's safety rather than its efficacy.
18.05.63 By Thibault Candela, et al. Science, May 11, 2018, pp. 598-600.
Considers conditions in the Earth's crust that determine whether and how human activities can induce earthquakes.
18.05.64 By Sean Price. Texas Medicine, May 2018, pp. 32-34.
Explores progress and setbacks in the first few months of legally dispensing cannabis oil to Texans with epilepsy.

See: https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=47372

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