Category: Statistics

Is There Really A Relationship Between Public Union Contracts And States’ Fiscal Messes?

The recent political standoff in Wisconsin over the collective bargaining rights and benefits of public union employees received significant national attention and will likely be repeated in other states. Some newly-elected governors, such as Governor Walker of Wisconsin and Governor Kasich of Ohio, are attempting to balance their budgets in part by altering public unions’ …

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A Primer On Creating & Using Surveys

Opinion polls (surveys) are used extensively to understand almost everything that cannot be looked up as a scientific fact.  But, poll results are only as good as the sampling technique, survey instrument, and interpretation process that underlie the reported conclusions.  Lots of things can and do go wrong in this regard. This article provides the …

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A Primer On Creating & Using Surveys

Opinion polls (surveys) are used extensively to understand almost everything that cannot be looked up as a scientific fact.  But, poll results are only as good as the sampling technique, survey instrument, and interpretation process that underlie the reported conclusions.  Lots of things can and do go wrong in this regard. This article provides the …

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Federal health care fraud enforcement efforts recover record amounts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a required annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report.  The report showed that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2010. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered.

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Detest Your Boss? Call the Government

As part of the Obama administration’s “Middle Class Task Force Initiative”, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently teamed up with the American Bar Association (ABA) to help plaintiffs obtain legal counsel for claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  Under this new …

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State budget shortfalls do not discriminate between “red”, “blue”, and “purple” states.

This article involves using the Fisher exact and the chi-square test to determine whether state budget challenges more frequently pertain to the states that typically vote as “red”, “blue” or “purple”. There is a general notion that states in the biggest fiscal messes are the “blue” democratic states, generally because these states tend to have …

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