Mason in the News

Posted: February 8, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage Mason recently received.

Sunday, Feb. 3, Washington Post

Area Schools Set to Lose Millions under Medicaid Policy Changes

“Educators nationwide are protesting a Bush administration move to curtail hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding for disabled students that could force some schools already in budget straits to trim health services or cut back instructional programs. P.J. Maddox, chairman of the Department of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University, said the conflict highlights the challenge schools face with the growing cost of educating children with disabilities. Federal law requires schools to provide services to disabled students, but the federal government gives schools only a portion of the money needed to cover extra costs. Schools, she said, have turned to Medicaid to help offset expenses. ‘This Medicaid change cuts off that help, which leaves the school system holding the bag,’ Maddox said. ‘Who pays for it? The school system will have to pay for it.’”

Sunday, Feb. 3, Washington Post

From Plunge to Dip; Figures May Be Leveling Off after 2006’s Dive

“The number of residential building permits issued in Loudoun County fell again last year as the housing market remained dismal, county figures show. But the decrease was much smaller than the drop in 2006, indicating that the development plunge might have run its course, some economists said. ‘It’s cheaper to build in Loudoun County than it is to build in Arlington and Fairfax,’ said Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University. ‘So [for] companies looking for nice buildings for lower rates with good transportation access to the rest of the world, Loudoun County is very well positioned.’”

Wednesday, Feb. 6, Wall Street Journal

Super Tuesday: Tight Contests Draw Big Voter Turnout

“Close races in both parties appeared to have sparked intense voter interest in yesterday’s polls, and turnout seemed likely to hit record numbers in many states, following unexpectedly large showings in last month’s primaries. In California, 4.1 million voters cast ballots through early voting procedures before polls opened yesterday. That would suggest a total turnout of nine million of the state’s 22 million eligible voters, said Michael McDonald of the United States Elections Project, a research center at Virginia’s George Mason University. Four years ago, California’s turnout was 6.6 million, the center reported.”

Wednesday, Feb. 6, Washington Post

An Attempt to Connect Real People with the Shifting Public Mood

“Suddenly, it’s all about my money, not your war. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, more than twice as many people now say their financial future is more important than what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than five years of concern for the loss of American life and treasure abroad has suddenly given way to worry about our personal bank accounts. ‘For many Americans, the war has become kind of stale news,’ Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George Mason University, told me recently. ‘People think it’s hopeless. Now they want to blame it on the Iraqis. They concluded that the Iraqis don’t want to live in peace, so they threw the switch.’ Lights out on Iraq. Spotlight on our pocketbooks.”

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