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2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

During fiscal year 2013, state governments collected $846.2 billion in taxes. For its Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections survey the Census Bureau defines taxes as “compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes.” Taxes are classified into five categories: (1) property, (2) sales and gross receipts, (3) license, (4) income, and (5) other. Figure 1 …Read the Rest

SAGES and Legal Research: “Procrastinators’ Special”

As I mentioned in a research guide published in early March, several SAGES courses offered this semester discuss legal issues. For those students who have waited until the last minute to work on their research papers, this blog entry will focus primarily on full-text resources, especially specific CWRU/OhioLINK research databases that address legal and scholarly …Read the Rest

Profile America: a Daily Dose of Census Information

Profile America is a daily 60-second podcast feature from the Census Bureau. The features use information gathered by the Census Bureau to present factual vignettes about an event, observance, or commemoration. The features are produced in text and audio formats. Listening to or reading these tidbits of information is a quick way to familiarize yourself with …Read the Rest

Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture and the Power (or Lack Thereof) of Bankruptcy Judges

On March 27, 2014, The Law School hosted “A Conversation with Judge Marilyn Shea-Stonum.” It was an “exit interview” of observations and some constructive criticisms acquired from her tenure as the bankruptcy judge for Akron, Ohio, for nearly two decades. Judge Shea-Stonum’s docket featured about 90,000 cases, mostly of individuals from Medina, Portage, and Summit …Read the Rest

March Madness at the Census Bureau

The Census Bureau offers its own flavor of “March madness” brackets. If filling in your NCAA bracket left you wanting more, then the Census Bureau’s “Population Bracketology“ is ready to test your knowledge of the United States population. There are actually two brackets, “Metro Area Population” and “State Population.” The metro area population bracket involves choosing the metropolitan …Read the Rest

Illustrating a Fact by Combining Data and Visual Presentation

Recently, Wired did a story on “14 World-Changing Data Visualizations, From the Last 4 Centuries.” Included in the story is an 1858 map of London’s Soho with black bars indicating cholera cases, a grouping of circular plots showing 1840s cycles of temperature and cholera deaths, and a 1685 map of the world including ocean currents. Recently, …Read the Rest