The Justice Policy Institute has produced a report entitled New York State of Mind? This document outlines how the State of New York has cut college spending by $600 million while increasing prison spending by $700 million. The JPI has produced similar studies pointing out the backward policies in the United States.
The Defense of Marriage Act was recently passed by the US Congress. This measure defines the terms marriage and spouse to mean relationships between members of the opposite sex. This legislation poses a contradiction: in the "land of the free and the home of the brave," some people are so timid about their own sexuality that they'll restrict others' freedom. If you're curious, check how your politicians voted.
The Library of Congress' Thomas has complete Legislative Information.