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  News & highlights from Ball State CBER ::   February 27, 2017  

Are We on the Cusp of a New Federalist Approach to Government?

State-level policy provides options for residents who can vote with their feet.

The Trump Administration comes to Washington more than two decades after the very successful welfare reform efforts of the mid 1990s. Those reforms trimmed welfare rolls by two-thirds, lasting through even the height of the Great Recession. The real hallmark of that effort was a suite of state-level experimentation with the program, which offered important insight to Congress and the Clinton Administration as they constructed these reforms.

Read the full article: Are We on the Cusp of a New Federalist Approach to Government?

Last week's article: Technology Related Job Losses of the Last Century

Spring Break Next Week

Ball State University will have its spring break March 6-10. The university will be open for business, but classes will not meet.

CBER faculty and staff will be available during spring break and the Indiana Business Bulletin will be sent on Monday.

Grant Writers' Toolbox

The CBER Data Center has simplified the data-gathering process for many economic-focused grant applications. The Grant Writers' Toolbox offers Indiana county-level data covering demographics, economics, and health. We also offer a TIF estimating calculator.

Housing, January 2017

Data on January 2017 US housing starts was recently released. Total privately owned housing starts reached 1,246,000 in January, which is a 10.46 percent year-over-year increase (seasonally adjusted).

Starts of large multifamily (5+) units ticked back up over the past few months, coming in at 421,000 units during January. Starts of large multifamily units topped 400,000 during six of the last 12 months, which is the highest it has been since the 1980s (see graph).

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February 28, 2017

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