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.
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
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/
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.
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
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.
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.
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