Category Archives: State, Local & Tribal Agencies
Yesterday we explained why travel restrictions were part of a plausibly effective strategy to reduce the risk of Ebola infections in the US, notwithstanding well-publicized opposition from senior government officials including President Obama. Like every other public health intervention, their effectiveness would depend on how well they were designed and implemented. But they are a critical component of the successful strategy employed by Nigeria and Senegal, and they are equally critical to how US authorities actually respond once an Ebola case has been detected. Yet for some unexplained reason, US officials refuse to apply the same logic they use to manage infection to the prevention of infected travelers from entering the country.
Today’s news is that the first Ebola case has been confirmed in New York City. The case shows why travel restrictions would be much more effective at preventing the introduction of Ebola into the US than the airport-based screening strategy adopted by the US government, which in this case failed.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA, or "Metro" to locals) has opened the first 0.8 mile segment of its planned 5-mile "premium transit service" between the Braddock Road Metro station in Alexandria and the Crystal City Metro station in Arlington.
What are the economics of this new service?
On July 20, 2012, James Holmes killed 12 persons and wounded many others during a showing of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at the Century Aurora 16 theater complex in Aurora, Colorado. Holmes is on trial for murder and has pleaded innocent by reason of insanity. Meanwhile, some of Holmes' victims have sued the owners of the theater for money damages. On August 15, 2014, US District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson denied defendants' motion for summary judgment.
What are the economic implications of holding movie theater owners financially liable?
The Associated Press reports that New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities is demanding $11.67 million from the sister of a mentally disabled man they cared for from 2002 until his death in 2012.
A few local governments have banned retailers from packing groceries and other goods in disposable bags, or taxed consumers who want them. These regulations are typically portrayed as good for the environment because they encourage consumers to reuse bags or replace them with canvas. Writer Judy Gruen is the latest to bemoan the opportunity costs of these regulations, but for some reason she has not stumbled on the obvious, market-based method of circumvention.