Capitol Comments

The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report for 2010, in its preliminary findings, reports a 5.5% decrease in violent crime and a 2.8% decrease in property crime nationally (when compared with 2009 figures). And in 2009, these categories were down 5.5% and 4.9%, respectively.


Creating a Culture of Entrepreneurship:  Live Webinar, Tuesday, April 12, 3 p.m. EDT

Despite the Great Recession and its impacts on big business, the entrepreneur has been hard at work creating new opportunities as well as jobs. A quick glance at new start-ups data from the Kauffman Foundation shows new businesses being created at an increased rate over each of the last five years. Admittedly many of these new businesses may have been created by those who may have lost jobs in the economic downturn, but it may likewise hint at an increasing trend present in state economic development policies: the overt drive to create a culture of entrepreneurship.

Where Americans are Moving

Immigration may be getting the big headlines, but probably more impactful for cities and states is the migration within the United States - both of people and of wealth. has a new interactive map detailing county-to-county migration patterns across the many cases down to the person. How many poeple moved into or out of your community? Where did they come from or where did they go?