Entries by Paul Aljets

Governing: State Per Capita Cyclist Fatalities

Hundreds of cyclists are killed each year in traffic accidents.

Federal statistics indicate 722 bicyclist deaths occurred in 2012, up 6 percent from 2011 and 16 percent from 2010.

On a per capita basis, Florida recorded an annual average of about 5.7 cyclist deaths per million residents, by far the most of any state. The national bicyclist death rate for 2012 was approximately 2.3 deaths per 1 million.

Governing: 2014 Public Official of the Year – Rick Snyder

When Rick Snyder came to the Michigan governor’s office from the private sector in 2011, he brought with him an entrepreneur’s tolerance for risk. “Most elected officials abhor risk. They run from it,” Snyder says. “But if everything we did worked, that means we’re not taking risks.” Good leaders, he says, must assume some risk and accept that not everything they try will be successful.

Seattle Times: What we can learn from those who turned from profits to politics

Just two years ago, during his first term at the helm of Colorado, John Hickenlooper did a quick mental survey of his fellow governors and realized something that he found surprising.

By his very rough count, only about five governors, including him, had spent a significant chunk of their professional lives in the private sector and in roles that included the management of dozens of employees. The other governors, many of them career politicians, didn’t have that kind of managerial experience.

Business Insider: Meet the Big Data Candidate of the 2016 Presidential Race

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) believes he has discovered a “new way of governing” that could revolutionize Washington.

Throughout his political career, O’Malley has been obsessed with data. Now, he appears to be mulling whether to mount a potential primary challenger to 2016 front-runner Hillary Clinton. If he does run, it seems his devotion to performance metrics could become a major part of his platform.

PEW: Funding Challenges in Transportation Infrastructure

Roads, bridges, and transit are funded through a partnership of the federal government, states, and localities. Over the past 10 years, all levels of government have experienced challenges in funding transportation infrastructure. Revenue for the highway trust fund, the source of most federal funding for the country’s roads and transit infrastructure, has fallen short of expenditures for more than a decade.

Business & Entepreuership

Results America has analyzed the key goals shared by all 50 states. One of these key goals is economic prosperity. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all agree that a strong economy is desirable, even if they don’t always agree on how to reach that goal. However, one thing that politicians always agree on is the importance of the small business owner.

Venture Capital Invesment

Investment by companies and wealthy citizens can often transform a dream and innovation into a revolutionary new product or service. One of Results America’s values is to encourage competition amongst the states in a variety of fields. Venture capital investment is one measure of this competition. However, it is only a cursory indicator, as venture capital tends to favor certain industries and businesses.

Student Test Scores

Results America’s goal is to provide practical measures of performance in a variety of areas. One of the most important to study is education. A prosperous economy relies on a quality education for as many citizens as possible. Not only should policy makers measure the quantity of education (i.e., number of Bachelor degrees attained), but also the quality of the student’s education.