Public Affairs Report
Professor John Freemuth Participated in the Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress
John Freemuth participated for the fourth time as an advisor for the recent Fourth Biennial Public Lands Foundation Student Congress in Baker City, Oregon. Freemuth also nominated Christopher Torres, a student pursuing a doctoral degree at Boise State in public policy and administration, to participate.
Dr. John Freemuth, a Boise State University environmental policy professor, was quoted by the newspaper The Wichita Eagle. The article, entitled “Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters,” described the health impacts on firefighters in the line of duty. Read the full article here.
Original Source: The Wichita Eagle, 9/2/18
Sanghee Park published an article in the Aug. 1 Public Management Review. Her article, “Cutbacks revisited: the relationship between resources and performance,” investigates the effect of staffing and employee cutbacks in public safety agencies in the context of county governments in California, Texas and Florida.
The piece previously was awarded the 2017 Volcker Junior Scholar Grant from the American Political Science Association (APSA).
Park recognizes Thomas Strauss, Boise State MPA graduate, and Mackenzie Case, MPA graduate and current Ph.D. student, for work beneficial to the paper.
Susan G. Mason and Kenneth P. Thomas, professor of political science and fellow in the Center for International Studies at the University of Missouri-St.Louis, co-authored “Exploring patterns of Tax Increment Financing Use and Structural Explanations in Missouri’s Major Metropolitan Regions” published in the journal, Cityscape.
The article examines tax increment financing (TIF) in Kansas City and St. Louis, two heavy users of the tool under the same statutory authority. Based on a complete database of TIF projects through 2013 (2012 for Kansas City) and numerous interviews with local government officials in both metropolitan areas, the authors explore the TIF use of these two cities, which have different structural aspects and have gone through sharp policy changes, to examine if central cities that use different strategies beget different outcomes in their suburban areas. The authors document distinctly different patterns of use in the two central cities. When St. Louis dramatically increased its TIF use under Mayor Francis Slay, the number of projects per year in the suburbs increased. Kansas City suburbs appeared to fill the gap in TIF use when the city sharply decreased its use of TIF under Mayor Mark Funkhouser. More research is needed to determine the factors that drive these mixed effects and if they hold true by context and in other metropolitan areas.
Jonathan Krutz, a lecturer in the department of marketing and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Public Service, appeared on Boise State Public Radio’s “Idaho Matters” show on Aug. 14, to discuss concerns about the Idaho ballot proposal that would legalize slot machine casinos in order to subsidize Idaho’s failed horse racing business.
Dr. John Freemtuh, director of the Andrus Center on Public Policy and a professor at Boise State, was quoted by Boise State Public Radio on Friday. The article, entitled “The Latest Shakeup In Zinke’s Department Is The FWS Head Leaving His Job”, discussed further changes in staff made in the Interior Department. Find the full article at Boise State Public Radio – The Latest Shakeup In Zinke’s Department Is The FWS Head Leaving His Job
Dr. John Freemuth, director of the Andrus Center on Public Policy and a professor at Boise State, was quoted by High Country News in an August 1st article entitled, “Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war”. The article discusses the Endangered Species Act.
Find the full article at Highway Country News – Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war.
Dr. John Freemuth, a professor at Boise Sate University and the Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy, was quoted by the Casper Star Tribune on Sunday. The article, entitled “Can a Wyoming governor change the nation’s bedrock conservation law”, discusses the Endangered Species Act and the public policy changes surrounding it. The Tribune is Wyoming’s largest print newspaper.
Find the full article at Casper Star Tribune – Can a Wyoming governor change the nation’s bedrock conservation law.
PhD Candidate for Public Policy and Administration Autumn Johnson has a co-authored chapter forthcoming in the edited volume Law and Public Policy Check it out!
Dr. John Freemuth, veteran professor of Boise State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration, was quoted by Boise Public Radio last Thursday. The story, entitled Violence Against Federal Workers Drops After Trump’s Election, discusses federal lands workers reporting fewer incidents of harassment and violence in 2017. Find the full story at Boise State Public Radio – Violence Against Federal Workers Drops After Trump’s Election