An international comparative study that measures the protection of physical and intellectual property rights ranked the U.S. 18th overall, down from 16th in 2010 and 14th in 2007. The U.S. physical property rights rank fell to 25th, behind countries such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.
Republican House members introduce the Welfare Reform Act of 2011, which is set to expand the reforms of the mid-1990s. The reform comes on the heels of U.S. Census Bureau data showing one in seven Americans live at or below the poverty line.
President Obama announced he has no plan to reduce federal education funding, and instead seeks to revise No Child Left Behind and expand his education plan, Race to the Top.
United States Public Interest Research Group study ranks Louisiana’s “LaTrac” in the top five for government transparency websites.
A Northwestern University study claims that Louisiana’s pension system will be insolvent by 2017. Louisiana’s largest pension program dismisses claims as “misleading”.
Shell Oil Company’s latest research “Signals and Signposts” affirms peak oil theory: that we have reached maximum worldwide petroleum extraction. The report’s authors recommend swift utilization of alternative energy sources.