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Number of public colleges and universities that have lowered non-resident tuition by more than 10 percent in recent years without making similar reductions for in-state students, aiming, particularly in areas seeing declining numbers of traditional college-age students, to reverse enrollment dips and increase revenue
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Dec. 1, 2016

$1.04 billion
Los Angeles' general-fund payments for city-employee pensions and retiree health care last year, accounting for more than 20 percent of the city's operating revenue, costs that have increased despite changes made in 2011 and 2012--described by then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as "the most far-reaching effort in the nation"--that lowered pensions for new employees and increased city workers' retirement contributions
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Nov. 30, 2016

$118.3 million
Amount, as of late September, that four firms qualified by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's administration during a 10-month period starting in November 2015 to purchase $1.12 billion in unpaid bills due scores of state vendors stand to pocket in state-funded late-payment penalties
>> Reuters | Posted Nov. 29, 2016

Number of the more than 230,000 Oregonians who, under a state program enacted in 2015, were automatically registered by vote when they visited a Department of Motor Vehicles office and who cast ballots in the Nov. 8 election, amounting to about 42 percent of the total of those automatically registered, compared to a voting turnout of 79 percent of those who had registered by mail or through the secretary of state's website
>> Stateline | Posted Nov. 28, 2016

Number of 49 counties that are home to public flagship universities that favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of voting data finding that in the 49 counties Clinton defeated Trump, on average, by about 18 percentage points
>> Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Nearly $9,000
Amount by which average annual earnings of graduates of public colleges' career-training programs exceed the average earnings of those who received their certificates from for-profit schools, according to a U.S. Department of Education report finding that nearly a third of for-profit graduates have median earnings below the federal minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 an hour
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Nov. 21, 2016

$59 million
Amount of in overtime-pay expenditures over the past three years by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the state's largest agency struggled to maintain adequate staffing at state psychiatric hospitals, far exceeding overtime spending at other large state agencies, according to a legislative audit reporting that one state-hospital employee had worked 8,129 hours of overtime since 2013, collecting $294,493 in extra pay
>> Minneapolis Star Tribune | Posted Nov. 18, 2016

Number of the 112 protesters arrested in Portland, Ore., last week in demonstrations against Donald's Trump's victory who voted in the election, either in Oregon or another state, according to state election records
>> KGW-TV | Posted Nov. 17, 2016

Percentage of all federal-government hiring in 2015 that was made up of military veterans, 71,867 hires in all and an increase of about 6,000 from the previous year, although federal agencies continue to struggle with retaining their new veteran hires, according to a recent report from the Office of Personnel Management
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Nov. 16, 2016

$30,700 and $37,500
Average early-career and mid-career pay for those with early-childhood-education bachelor's degrees, the lowest of 336 college majors, according to the 2016-2017 PayScale College Salary Report, which listed petroleum engineering as the highest-paying major
>> San Francisco Chronicle | Posted Nov. 15, 2016

Number of presidential elections in U.S. history in which the Electoral College winner--George W. Bush in 2000, Benjamin Harrison in 1888, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876 and Donald Trump last Tuesday--received fewer popular votes than his opponent, an outcome resulting from what Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center, describes as a decision by the framers of the Constitution "to delegate the decision to wise elites"
>> Los Angeles Times
More than 4.27 million
Number of people--presumably including Lady Gaga--who as of this morning had signed a petition on urging members of the Electoral College to ignore their states' votes for President-elect Donald Trump and cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton
>> Yahoo News | Posted Nov. 14, 2016

Number of commissions, councils, task forces and working groups appointed by Congress, the president or federal agencies in fiscal 2015, advisory panels that had 72,220 members at an overall cost of more than $367 million, according to a recent Congressional Research Service report noting that while the number of such committees has remained consistent over the past five years the number of members has increased by 2,450
>> Government Executive | Posted Nov. 10, 2016

Percentage of career federal Senior Executive Service members who received the highest possible performance rating of "outstanding" in the 2015 fiscal year, a 1 percent increase from the previous fiscal year, according to a recent Office of Personnel Management report saying that 71.2 percent of the senior executives received a performance bonus in fiscal 2015
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Nov. 9, 2016

Amount that Liang Zhao Zhang, a janitor for the San Francisco region's Bay Area Rapid Transit, was paid in salary last year, adding $162,050.06 to his base pay of $57,945.87 by working more than 2,400 hours of time-and-a-half and double-pay overtime, bringing his total compensation including benefits to $276,121.07
>> San Francisco Chronicle | Posted Nov. 8, 2016

Number of states--Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas--that have laws prohibiting bringing guns into polling places, while another four--Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina--ban the carrying of concealed guns in polling places, according to data from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
>> Washington Post | Posted Nov. 7, 2016

Percentage of 88 staffers for Republican U.S. House and Senate members answering a CQ Roll Call survey question who said that they will be voting for a different presidential candidate than who--or who they think--their bosses will be voting for, while 28.4 percent said they will be voting the same way as their bosses and an equal number said they didn't know who they would vote for
>> CQ Roll Call | Posted Nov. 4, 2016

27,000 to 1
Ratio of the number of federal annuitants seeking answers on or solutions for retirement issues to the number of Office of Personnel Management customer-service specialists or contractors, according to an inspector general's report saying that roughly 28 percent of the 1.9 million calls to the agency's Retirement Information Office in fiscal year 2015 went unanswered
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Nov. 3, 2016

Percentage of federal employees who think that as president Hillary Clinton would be very effective or somewhat effective in managing federal agencies and their workforces, compared to 35 percent who say the same about Donald Trump, according to results of a Government Business Council/Government Executive survey of nearly 1,100 federal workers released Oct. 13
>> Government Executive | Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Percentage of women now represented among the federal government's 7,187 career senior executives, compared to 16 percent in comparable positions at private companies, with female federal executives now earning an average of $175,451, $479 more than men
>> Washington Post | Posted Nov. 1, 2016

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