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The Buzz on Bees: Policymakers Push to Protect Pollinators

Most people view bees as a nuisance, but these insects are directly responsible for many of the fruits, vegetables and nuts that reach our table.

 

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Category: Public Policy
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An Animated Look at How NCSL Supports Staff

The new Ydraw animation video featured on the Legislative Staff Services page entertainingly points out that NCSL is your “secret agent.”

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Congress Debates How to Score Tax Legislation

One of the first moves of the new Republican-controlled Congress on Jan. 6 was to mandate a change of how the Congressional Budget Office and Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation score, or how they determine how much revenue is gained or lost, on proposed tax legislation.

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Tax Time Help for Working Families

Twenty percent of eligible working families do not claim the earned income tax credit or EITC.

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In Memoriam: Utah Speaker Becky Lockhart

Speaker Becky Lockhart, who passed away Jan. 17, will be remembered as a dedicated and transformative leader. Her work in the legislature and as the first female speaker set precedent in Utah and provided an inspiring path for women and young girls to become involved in public service.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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Relief at the Pump Opens Door for Gas Tax Hikes

Many states see the current low gas prices as a prime chance to help alleviate the growing gap between infrastructure needs and declining transportation funding revenue.

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Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Same-Sex Marriage Bans are Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court has elevated this term from from mostly meat and potatoes to historic by agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases. 

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Why State Legislators Matter Most

Americans have made it clear: They want action, not impasse, from their government. And state legislatures, the laboratories of democracy, deliver.

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Administration Continues Push to Boost Private Investment in Infrastructure

Continuing a string of announcements in the build up to the President’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20, the White House announced on Jan. 16, a number of efforts and proposals, across a range of federal agencies, aimed at further increasing the amount of private sector investment and expertise for an array of infrastructure projects.

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President's Plan for Free Community College Tuition Builds on Efforts in Many States

Although more details from the administration are forthcoming—the president mentioned the proposal in Tuesday's State of the Union address—the proposal, “America’s College Promise,” would increase federal funding to cover three-quarters of the average community college tuition, and states would be required to cover the rest.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.

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