Category: Graham Wilson

U.K. assassination casts shadow over ‘Brexit’ campaigns

USA Today Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities, College of Arts & Sciences The heated campaign over whether Britain should leave the European Union came to an abrupt halt Thursday following the assassination of a member of Parliament who played a visible role campaigning for continued membership in the EU… Expert quote: “One warning of this for politicians in […]

In survey, mayors say they worry about aging infrastructure

Associated Press Graham Wilson, Initiative on Cities Mayors across the U.S. say they worry about their cities’ aging infrastructure and they’d like more state and federal support, according to a survey released Wednesday… Expert quote: “We hope that the Menino Survey shines a light on their leadership and helps mayors communicate the needs, challenges, and […]

Obama’s trade agenda clears key hurdle in Senate

Boston Globe (subscription required) Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences, Initiative on Cities An unusual alliance of President Obama and Senate Republicans resuscitated the president’s foreign trade agenda Tuesday, delivering a sharp defeat to Congressional Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the Massachusetts delegation who have vocally opposed the plan… Expert […]

Court Pension Smackdown Toughens Job for U.S. Governors, Mayors

Bloomberg Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection Friday of a measure meant to make the state’s pensions solvent is the most powerful reminder yet that it’s a brutal time to be the chief executive of a fiscally challenged city or state… Expert quote: “It’s a problem from hell. The […]

Experts Media Alert – UK General Elections

The United Kingdom will hold general elections in May. Although a recent poll shows an increase in Prime Minister David Cameron’s approval rating, it does not appear to be the case for the rest of his Conservative Party. Opposition Labour Leader Ed Miliband has also seen an uptick in his approval ratings, but again, his rise […]

Food Stamp Cut Backed by Republicans With Voters on Rolls

Bloomberg Graham Wilson, College of Arts & Sciences As the U.S. economy recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, the explosive growth of food stamps remains a lingering legacy… Expert quote: “If there was no deficit, they would still want to cut this kind of program. They have a fervent ideological belief that government […]