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South Dakota's unfunded liability, as a share of personal income, for public-employee pensions and retiree health care, the lowest percentage among the states, with residents of Alaska shouldering the heaviest burden, 49.9 percent of their personal income, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts based on 2013 data and placing the national average at 14.8 percent
>> Pew Charitable Trusts | Posted May 19, 2016

Number of entries received in a Milwaukee graphic artist's contest to redesign the city's official flag, which a local radio host with a self-described flag obsession has labeled as "a hot mess," packed as the banner is with a barrage of images ranging from a ship to the old County Stadium to a giant stalk of wheat honoring the city's brewing industry
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted May 18, 2016

Number of U.S. Postal Service workers who were attacked by dogs in 2015, a 14 percent increase from the year before, with Houston's 77 attacks placing it in the top spot, according to an annual report by the Postal Service, which says it is putting in place new measures to alert letter carriers of dogs on their routes
>> Washington Post | Posted May 17, 2016

Nearly 1.8 billion
Current annual number of rides on New York City's subways, the highest number since 1948 and one that has resulted in delays caused by overcrowding quadrupling since 2012 to more that 20,000 each month
>> New York Times | Posted May 16, 2016

$6.6 billion
Annual amount that California, which now spends more than $2 billion a year on health care for retired state employees, would have to spend to cover current health care costs and whittle down its $80.3 billion unfunded liability for future retiree health-care obligations, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts looking at the issue in states across the country
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted May 13, 2016

Percentage of government respondents to a recent survey who had moderate, weak or no knowledge at all of federal accessibility requirements for government websites, at a time when the federal government has been paying closer attention to cases where local government websites fail to meet standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act
>> Route Fifty | Posted May 12, 2016

Number of Seattle's some 13,000 city employees--fewer than 1 percent--who as of May 5 were enrolled in the city's struggling Pronto bike-share system despite a city-subsized membership program, with neither Nicole Freedman, who leads the city's biking efforts, nor transportation director Scott Kubly holding a membership
>> Seattle Times | Posted May 11, 2016

$55 million
Amount that Washington, D.C., spent on snow removal from a January blizzard that dumped almost two feet of snow, more than it cost the District to get rid of snow in the past seven years combined and almost half of which charged on city credit cards, with the record spending driven by hastily arranged deals between the city and contractors up and down the East Coast at a time when the snow threatened to paralyze the District
>> Washington Post | Posted May 10, 2016

Number of civilian presidential nominees the Senate confirmed in the current session of Congress through April 30, the fewest of any Congress in the past 30 years, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service commissioned by Senate Democratic leaders taking issue with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's portrayal of the upper house as "working again" under his Republican majority
>> Washington Post | Posted May 9, 2016

More than 1 million
Number of cases of bottled water that were distributed to residents of Flint, Mich., along with 110,000 water filters, between Jan. 9 and this Wednesday, according to a tweet from Gov. Rick Snyder's office linking to a video saying that "by working together, we will move past this crisis"
>> Detroit News | Posted May 6, 2016

Percentage of the 2,447 first-year students who had committed as of May 1 to attending the University of Maine this fall who are from outside of the state, up from 35 percent last year and an enrollment surge that has come after UMaine slashed tuition and fees for students from other New England states as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, charging them the same as they would pay at their home states' flagship institutions
>> Boston Globe | Posted May 5, 2016

Number of years U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican and member of the House Armed Services Committee whose district includes Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River, has introduced a resolution to redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, saying as he introduced his latest effort that "I plan to keep fighting like a bulldog" for the change
>> Marine Corps Times | Posted May 4, 2016

Number of the 1,487 requests in 2015 by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for authority to electronically intercept communications for foreign intelligence purposes that the secretive U.S. Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court denied, the second year in a row that the court did not deny a single government request, according to a Justice Department document sent recently to congressional committees
>> Reuters | Posted May 3, 2016

3.75 million
Number of overtime hours logged by nurses and psychiatric technicians who work in California state hospitals, veterans' homes and prison medical facilities in fiscal 2014-15, costing taxpayers $179 million, according to a report by a bipartisan state commission critical of the use of overtime as "a staffing tool"
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted May 2, 2016

Number of firearms--all but five of which were loaded--that Transportation Security Agency screeners intercepted from airline passengers' carry-on bags last week, the most guns that TSA has ever confiscated in a single week, surpassing the previous record of 68
>> Fox6Now | Posted April 29, 2016

75.4 million
Number of people in the United States in 2015 who were millennials, defined as those between the ages of 18 and 34, finally surpassing the number of baby boomers, 74.9 million, with the millennial generation continuing to grow as young immigrants expand its ranks and boomer numbers shrinking as the number of deaths among them exceeds the number of older immigrants arriving
>> Pew Research Center | Posted April 28, 2016

Percentage of Kentucky children who reported in 2011-12 that they had a parent who had been incarcerated, the highest percentage of any state in the country and nearly double the national average of 7 percent, while New Jersey had the lowest number of children with a parent who had been incarcerated, 3 percent, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
>> Louisville Courier-Journal | Posted April 27, 2016

Percentage of new hires to full-time federal jobs last year who were military veterans, a 1.3 percent increase over fiscal 2013's numbers reflecting an aggressive seven-year push by the Obama administration that federal officials and advocates for veterans say is generating tension and misunderstanding around who is qualified to go to the head of the federal hiring queue
>> Washington Post | Posted April 26, 2016

Amount of military infrastructure that exceeds what the Department of Defense can put to practical use, according to what the Pentagon calls "conservative" estimates, part of a report urging Congress to authorize another round of base realignment and closures
>> Federal News Radio | Posted April 25, 2016

About $7 million
Amount the Idaho Department of Labor spent, using a dozen in-house employees, to develop a new online system to process unemployment taxes and benefits that reduced manual processing times by more than 2,000 hours after its launch in 2014 and which the department is enhancing so that it can be used by other states
>> Government Technology | Posted April 22, 2016

Percentage of voters responding to an annual poll on public education in New Orleans who said they believed that charter schools had improved public education in the city, while 15 percent of whites and 23 percent of blacks thought the city's schools were getting worse
>> Education Week | Posted April 21, 2016

22 to 71 days
Average time at six Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers that veterans newly enrolling for health care are waiting between the time they request that the VA contact them to schedule an appointment until they are seen, according to a Government Accountability Office audit saying that the department's method of measuring appointment wait times understates the delay a veteran experiences and that the wait times "varied widely, even within the same medical center"
>> Washington Post | Posted April 20, 2016

Number of military veterans serving in state legislatures, about 14 percent of the nation's total of 7,383 state lawmakers, with New Hampshire's 400-member legislature having the largest portion, 23 percent
>> American Enterprise Institute | Posted April 19, 2016

$11.64 billion
Estimate by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy of the annual amount undocumented immigrants pay in U.S. state and local taxes alone, including sales and excise, property and personal income taxes--paying on average 8 percent of their incomes while the top 1 percent of taxpayers pay on average 5.4 percent
>> USA Today
Sunday, April 24
This year's "Tax Freedom Day"--the day when the nation as a whole will have earned enough money to pay its total federal, state and local tax bill for the year of $5 trillion--according to calculations by the Tax Foundation, which says this year's Tax Freedom Day is falling a day earlier than it did last year due to slightly lower federal tax collections as a proportion of the economy
>> The Tax Foundation | Posted April 18, 2016

About 34%
Reduction in visible trash along Texas highways between 2009 and 2013, the last time the Texas Department of Transportation studied the subject, an improvement has come despite the state's booming population and one that the agency attributes in part to "Don't Mess with Texas," the state's celebrated slogan that began as a campaign to rid highways of garbage and just marked its 30th birthday
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted April 15, 2016

Annual amount that California state Sen. John Moorlach, a Republican from Costa Mesa and former Orange County treasurer who has emerged as a leading legislative voice against skyrocketing debt piled up by public pension systems, receives from the Orange County pension system in addition to his $100,113 annual legislative salary
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted April 14, 2016

About $500,000
Amount that the Chicago Police Board spent on a nationwide search for a replacement for the city's fired police superintendent, ultimately recommending three finalists only to have Mayor Rahm Emanuel bypass all three of them in favor of a candidate who didn't apply, Chicago Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson
>> Chicago Sun-Times | Posted April 13, 2016

Severance payment that former Kalamazoo County, Mich., administrator Terrence Neuzil, who resigned April 5 with just three months on the job after he was put on paid leave amid allegations about his treatment of women, will receive under the terms of his contract with the county
>> | Posted April 12, 2016

Percentage of 220 community-college presidents surveyed by Gallup for Inside Higher Ed who support the idea of free community college, while only 35 percent think that free community-college programs will be adopted by one-third of the states in the next five years
>> Inside Higher Ed | Posted April 11, 2016

About 1,300
Number of Michigan state employees who have moved to new offices since last spring, with hundreds more government workers scheduled to move this spring and summer, in a game of office-space musical chairs that is expected to cost $160 million over the next few decades but which is part of a longer-term effort to save money by pulling the state government's shrinking workforce out of leased space and into state-owned facilities
>> Lansing State Journal | Posted April 8, 2016

Number of hours of overtime accrued by 16 new Idaho State Police troopers during a 16-week training academy, a threefold increase, costing $134,164, over the amount of overtime accrued by the prior training class that patrol officials attribute mainly to freeway commutes
>> Idaho Statesman | Posted April 7, 2016

234 million
Number of inquiries received by the Internal Revenue Service's online refund tracer Where's My Refund in fiscal 2015, a 24 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen
>> Federal News Radio | Posted April 6, 2016

$3.04 billion
A consultant's estimate of investment returns that the California Public Employees' Retirement System's 15-year ban on tobacco-company stocks has cost the pension fund, leading it to consider ending the ban as part of a broader re-examination at its divestment policy
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted April 5, 2016

$2.8 billion
Amount of annual economic activity, including tourism spending and employee salaries, wages and benefits from 25,000 jobs, generated by nonmotorized recreation on the 246 million acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management in 11 western states and Alaska, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts
>> Pew Charitable Trusts | Posted April 4, 2016

Percentage of Americans who think torture is "often" or "sometimes" justified to extract information from suspected terrorists, while only 15 percent say torture should never be used, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that found a level of support for the use of torture similar to that in countries where militant attacks are common
>> Reuters | Posted April 1, 2016

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