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$23.5 million
Amount that the University of Wisconsin at Madison spent in the last academic year to retain faculty members by countering job offers from competing universities that have targeted its faculty heavily amid national attention to political turmoil over changes in faculty tenure protections and a $250 million cut in state funding
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted Oct. 20, 2016

Amount that the city of Detroit reimbursed its chief financial officer, John Hill, between March and August for living expenses including a $4,000-a-month downtown apartment and weekly flights to his home in Washington, D.C., while Hill's chief of staff, Chicago resident John Hageman, was reimbursed $25,215
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Oct. 19, 2016

$268 million
Amount that political campaigns spent with the U.S. Postal Service to send advertisements through the mail from October 2015 through July 2016, an increase of more than 50 percent from the comparable period of October 2011 through July 2012, as the agency focused on political mailing as a revenue opportunity, developing relationships with key industry players while holding employee training sessions on improving the political mail business
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 18, 2016

Percentage of more than 3,000 registered voters polled in early October who agreed with the statement "I have lost faith in American democracy," while 52 percent said that do have faith in the American system of governance
>> Washington Post | Posted Oct. 17, 2016

$14.1 million
Amount that a Spanish energy developer, Iberdrola Renewables, is offering to pay over the next 25 years to 815 registered voters in Windham, Vt., who will vote Nov. 8 on whether to approve a wind-energy project on a tract that spans Windham and an adjacent town, an offer many residents call an attempt at undue influence if not an outright bribe but which the state attorney general's office says does not appear to violate state law
>> New York Times | Posted Oct. 14, 2016

Number of New York City's full-time employees as of July, more than at any other point in its modern history, with every major agency growing under Mayor Bill de Blasio, a situation that worries some budget experts who fear a lack of fiscal discipline and greater pension obligations
>> New York Times | Posted Oct. 13, 2016

About $1.5 billion
Average amount that federal agencies spent per year on public relations and advertising over the last decade, according to a Government Accountability Office report saying agencies obligated about $1 billion per year for advertising services and $500 million for salaries for internal public-affairs professionals, with 95 percent of the contracted appropriations coming from 10 agencies
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 12, 2016

11.5 to 1
Ratio of 7,243 social-sciences faculty at 40 top American universities who are registered to vote as Democrats to those registered as Republicans, according to a new study published by Econ Journal Watch that found the ratio among historians to be the most lopsided, at 33.5 to 1, and economists to be the most politically mixed group, with 4.5 registered Democrats for each Republican
>> Inside Higher Ed | Posted Oct. 11, 2016

At least 27
Number of cities across the country that will be recognizing the history and contributions of Native Americans by celebrating Indigenous People's Day on Monday, instead of or in addition to state, federal and local government observances of Columbus Day
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Oct. 7, 2016

Number of license and option agreements the University of Michigan worked out last year with companies looking to commercialize discoveries by its researchers, ranging from an eye-drop therapy potentially for cataracts to a vehicle ice-detection system, a record for the university
>> Detroit News | Posted Oct. 6, 2016

Number of bills passed by the California legislature this year that Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed, amounting to 15 percent of the 1,059 measures that crossed his desk, the highest proportion of vetoed bills in Brown's 14 years as governor
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Amount that New Jersey residents now owe on a per-capita basis to cover the obligations of the state's badly underfunded public pension fund, the highest per-person debt among the states and one that compares to a national median of $806, according to a study by S&P Global examining the fiscal health of the state's pension system under new, stricter Governmental Accounting Standards Board criteria
>> | Posted Oct. 4, 2016

Percentage of borrowers of federal student loans from public colleges and universities who defaulted on their loans within three years of beginning payment, according to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education, a decline from 11.7 percent the previous year, with the overall student-loan default rate for both public and private institutions dropping for the third year in a row
>> Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted Oct. 3, 2016

Percentage of black Americans who say they have a lot of confidence in their local police, compared to 42 percent of whites, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center indicating that the fractured trust between minority communities and law-enforcement agencies is showing little evidence of healing
>> USA Today | Posted Sept. 30, 2016

Increase in the number of fatalities on Wisconsin's interstate highways in the 12 months following the increase in the speed limit on the roads to 70 mph, although it's not clear what impact the speed-limit change had on the rise in highway fatalities given other factors such as distracted and impaired driving, a rise in the number of miles driven as the economy rebounded, and increases in both the number of 16-year-olds eligible for driver's licenses and the number of older drivers staying on the road longer
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted Sept. 29, 2016

Increase in applications by lawful permanent residents to become voting-eligible U.S. citizens from March to June of this year over the same period in 2015, following increases of 28 percent in the first quarter of this year and 14 percent in the second half of last year, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Sept. 28, 2016

Increase in the number of hate crimes against American Muslims--including arsons at mosques, assaults, shootings and threats of violence--over the course of 2015, bringing the number of those incidents to their highest level since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to new data from researchers at California State University-San Bernardino
>> New York Times | Posted Sept. 27, 2016

More than 13,000
Number of military personnel, including about 5,000 troops in ceremonial roles and more than 8,000 National Guard members providing security assistance to local and federal law-enforcement agencies, who will be involved in January's presidential inauguration, planning for which has been underway since last spring
>> Military Times | Posted Sept. 26, 2016

Percentage of Americans who say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in their local governments to handle local problems, compared to 62 percent who say they feel the same about their state governments' ability to handle state-level problems, according to a recent poll by Gallup, whose surveys have consistently found trust higher for local governments than for state governments since the early 2000s
>> Route Fifty | Posted Sept. 23, 2016

Percentage of the homes that are for sale in California's 31 most-populous counties that are considered affordable--meaning that the monthly mortgage payment would eat up less than 30 percent of a person's gross monthly salary--on the state's average salary for public-school teachers of $73,536, according to an analysis by Redfin, a national real-estate brokerage
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 22, 2016

Percentage of 713 Kansas registered voters surveyed online by a Washington, D.C., media and research company who said they approved of the job performance of their Republican governor, Sam Brownback, the lowest approval rating among the nation's governors that the firm, Morning Consult, attributed to Brownback's budgeting and tax strategies, while another Republican governor, South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard, scored the highest job-approval rating, 74 percent
>> Wichita Eagle | Posted Sept. 21, 2016

Percentage of Americans' estimated 265 million guns that are owned by just 3 percent of the nation's adults, a group of super-owners that has amassed an average of 17 guns each, according to an unpublished Harvard University/Northeastern University survey from last year finding that 22 percent of American adults say they personally own a firearm and that the nation's gun stockpile has increased by 70 million since 1994
>> The Guardian | Posted Sept. 20, 2016

Amount in holiday bonuses that Opa-locka, Fla., doled out to city employees last year, along with raises that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past six months and thousands spent last year to celebrate the city's 89th birthday, at a time when the city was fending off creditors threatening to sue and the FBI was investigating corruption, a probe that led to the recent arrests of Opa-locka's city manager and public works supervisor
>> Miami Herald | Posted Sept. 19, 2016

More than $5 million
Amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs paid its employees and their attorneys to settle disciplinary-action disagreements and avoid litigation between July 2014 and the present, according to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, who found that the VA used employee settlement agreements 208 times during that period, a practice that the VA insists is in line with other agencies but that members of Congress are skeptical about, wondering if the VA is using the agreements to silence some whistleblowers
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 16, 2016

Percentage of 333 retirement-eligible federal employees responding to a Federal News Radio survey who said the upcoming presidential transition would not impact their retirement plans, while 33.3 percent said the transition would have an effect, depending on the candidate who takes office and changes that he or she might make to the federal retirement system
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 15, 2016

Increase in the number of lawsuits from unsatisfied federal Freedom of Information Act requesters over the past decade, totalling 3,350 since 2006, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit saying that the Justice Department has not thoroughly tracked the litigation costs of lawsuits challenging an agency's denial or delay in releasing requested documents
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 14, 2016

$58 million
Amount that the crowdfunding website GoFundMe says it has collected in the last 12 months on behalf of schoolteachers to supplement the money they pay from their own paychecks for classroom needs ranging from paper to pencils to laptops to cleaning supplies to bulletin-board paper, with another crowdfunding site, DonorsChoose, reporting more than 50,000 campaigns live on the site this back-to-school season
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Sept. 13, 2016

Number of pages in California's statewide voter guide for this November's election, a record size reflecting coverage of 17 statewide ballot measures that is expected to cost close to $15 million for printing and mailing to all of the state's 18 million voters
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Sept. 12, 2016

Number of cases between 2012 and 2016 in which people in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio and Texas, states where politicians have expressed concern about voter fraud and pushed photo ID and other voting requirements, were prosecuted at the state level for voter impersonation, while 38 cases were successfully prosecuted for other forms of vote fraud
>> News21/Washington Post | Posted Sept. 9, 2016

About $960,000
Amount that several of Texas' public colleges and universities, which estimated last year that implementing the state's new law allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus would collectively cost them about $15 million this year for bulked-up police forces, gun safes and other security improvements, have spent so far, with the biggest expenditure for new signs to provide notice of gun-free zones on the campuses
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted Sept. 8, 2016

Number of states in which no black candidate has won a statewide election since Reconstruction, while in two of those states Democratic nominees are hoping to change that equation: Robin Smith, a longtime TV news reporter and anchor in St. Louis who is running for Missouri secretary of state, and Mary Ann Claytor, who is running for state auditor in West Virginia after a 20-year career working as an auditor in the office she seeks to lead
>> AP/Yahoo News, Huntington Herald-Dispatch | Posted Sept. 7, 2016

Amount that the federal government spends per worker on average for information technology, according to an analysis by the research director for IDC Government placing the figure across all other industries at $9,887.32
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 6, 2016

More than $700 million
Amount of investments in Prisma Capital Partners' Daniel Boone Fund that trustees of Kentucky's $14.9 billion public-employee pension fund have approved despite the fact that the Kentucky Retirement Systems' existing $455 investment in the hedge fund has been one of its worst performers, returning a negative 8 percent in fiscal 2016 that contributed to KRS's overall 0.5 percent investment loss, with KRS trustee William S. Cook, who retired from Prisma in 2015, saying that "going forward, there may be a lot of opportunity"
>> Lexington Herald-Leader | Posted Sept. 2, 2016

Number of deceased federal employees or retirees to whom the Social Security Administration paid benefits over a 21-year period, with the average beneficiary receiving $49,156 over 84 months for a total of $1.7 million paid out improperly, according to a report by the agency's inspector general, who noted that Social Security and the Office of Personnel Management have a new agreement to improve the sharing of death records
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 1, 2016

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