Policy Outsider

1: In the Weeds with Heather Trela

An episode of Policy Outsider

By Rockefeller Institute
Policy Outsider from the Rockefeller Institute of Government takes you outside the halls of power to understand how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.
8. A Gateway Drug for Federalism
What happened to legalized adult-use marijuana in New York and New Jersey? We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela to understand why legalization efforts seem to have stalled in both states, and where we can expect things to go from here.
April 26, 2019
7. Learning to Research Like a Pro
The Rockefeller Institute's Center for Law & Policy Solutions partners undergraduate research interns from the University at Albany with policy experts at the Institute to investigate a single issue of pressing state or national importance each semester. We sat down with three former interns to discuss what it was like to be thrown into the deep end of policy research -- and how they learned to swim.
April 1, 2019
6. Digging into Student Debt in New York
Forty-two percent of college graduates in New York State carry some amount student debt, with an average debt load of about $30,000. We sit down with Rockefeller Institute Director of Education Policy Studies Brian Backstrom to break down those numbers and learn what states are doing -- and can do -- to ease the burden of student debt. Learn more: A Deeper Look at Student Loan Debt in New York State
February 22, 2019
5. Who Gives and Who Gets
In the balance of payments between states and the federal government, some states "win" and some states "lose." We speak with the authors of our new report, "Giving or Getting? New York's Balance of Payments with the Federal Government," about the factors that shape these funding flows.   Read the full report here: https://rockinst.org/issue-area/new-yorks-balance-of-payments-with-the-federal-government/
January 18, 2019
4. Mankind v. Machines
Artificial intelligence and automation technologies are bringing massive change to labor, the economy, ethics, and society. The question now is how to harness those technologies rather than being overwhelmed by them -- or overwhelmed by those who embrace them sooner. We break down the 20-year outlook with Laura Schultz, director of fiscal analysis and chief economist at the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
January 10, 2019
3: Dynamite Youth
We take a trip to Sullivan County, New York, with the researchers behind the Rockefeller Institute's long-term study of the opioid epidemic to hear from the people on the front lines of the crisis. Follow their research in real time with the Stories from Sullivan series: https://rockinst.org/stories-from-sullivan
November 21, 2018
2: From the Glass Ceiling to the Sticky Floor: Closing the Pay Equity Gap from the Bottom Up
Whereas the "glass ceiling" refers to the last barriers a woman faces on the corporate ladder, the "sticky floor" refers to the first barriers that women and people color face when entering the workforce -- barriers that often keep them in low-paying, low-prestige, but highly necessary jobs. This special edition of "Policy Outsider" was recorded live at a forum hosted by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the New York State Council on Women and Girls. The guests and panelists include: Catherine White Berheide, professor of sociology at Skidmore College and principal investigator for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE PAID Grant Roberta Reardon, New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Sarah Brafman, staff attorney at A Better Balance Janice Brown, president of the American Association of University Women - New York State Jill Robbins-Jabine, CEO of YWCA Western New York Beverly Cooper Neufeld, founder of PowHer New York and president of BCN Consulting Group, LLC Visit www.rockinst.org/blog to learn more.
October 30, 2018
1: In the Weeds with Heather Trela
How can states legalize something that is illegal under federal law? Rockefeller Institute Chief of Staff and Fellow Heather Trela explains the growing tension between states and the federal government over marijuana policy, and where it may lead. Learn more: Clash of Laws: The Growing Dissonance between State and Federal Marijuana Policies: http://rockinst.org/issue-area/clash-laws-growing-dissonance-state-federal-marijuana-policies/ Policy Outsider is presented by the Rockefeller Institute of Government. Find all of our research and analyses at www.rockinst.org
October 19, 2018
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