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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Legislative Preview, Election Law, Immigration   Volume 5 Issue 1  
CONTENTS
Another Transition
Issues to Watch
Casting a Ballot
Immigration Policy in the United States
Method in the Madness
Foreclosure Relief Initiatives Increasing
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Another Transition
by W. David Patton, Ph.D.

Just as we have undergone a transition to a new administration in the White House, CPPA has also undergone a transition of leadership. After several years as Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), Dave Patton has moved on to a new position with the Utah Department of Health. And just like the new White House administration, although it may be more interesting to look forward to the ideas and await the accomplishments of the new leadership, there may be some value in listening to the acquired insight and musings of the outgoing leader.
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Issues to Watch
2009 Utah Legislature
by Tricia Jack, MPA, and Jennifer Robinson, MPA, CPPA

This legislative session seems to be about three things: budget, budget, and budget. Indeed, the budget is the critical issue and it affects all the other policy areas in the state. Because of that, we will start this legislative preview with a discussion of the state budget, and then address three other important policy areas for the 2009 legislative session. Those areas are transportation, health care, and ethics.
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Casting a Ballot
by Thad Hall, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Political Science, The U of U

In the 2009 legislative session, there are several bills that have been proposed relating to election administration. Many of these bills are designed to make elections more efficient in administration and management, which is especially important in the current economic situation. In 2009, many local governments will be holding elections and making sure these elections are conducted as efficiently as possible will be important for cash-strapped local governments.
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Immigration Policy in the United States
by Garth Mangum, Ph.D.

The United States of America, despite being a nation of immigrants and descendants of immigrants, has periodically restricted further immigration. As a result, it has experienced immigrants entering illegally, has periodically offered amnesty to the undocumented immigrants of the past, and then has tightened entrance again, repeating the process over and over. Two new in-depth reports explore the history and the policies of immigration in the United States.
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Method in the Madness
by Tricia Jack, MPA, CPPA

Several years ago, on my first day in a new job, my manager spent some time with me talking about my expectations. She asked me how I liked to work, how I liked to be managed and what I wanted to get from the job. She told me about her expectations as a manager. I’d never had a manager be so direct before and at the time I thought this a little odd. It was only later that I realized that, like Lord Polonius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”
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Foreclosure Relief Initiatives Increasing
by W. David Patton, Ph.D.

CPPA takes a look at new initiatives and ideas from around the nation and the world. This month's idea: Foreclosure Relief.
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