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Budget-Breaking Snow Year

This winter, Mother Nature is not only breaking records, she’s breaking budgets as well. From the Midwest to the Southeast and up through New England, states are reporting historic spending on snow removal.

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Category: Public Policy
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Three PACs dedicated to secretary of state (SOS) races—one on the right and two on the left—have launched since early December. The catalysts for this focus on secretaries of state were controversies in elections administration. 

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Category: Elections
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Exploring the Jungle of Education Policy at the National Geographic Society

I recently had the opportunity to journey to the National Geographic Society’s headquarters, home of Explorers Hall, to make a presentation. That may seem a surprising place to find one of NCSL’s federal affairs staff, but there’s an explanation.

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Child Support and Family Law in 2013

In 2013, at least 42 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia enacted 140 bills on various topics affecting child support and family law.

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What's New With the Minimum Wage?

Is a minimum wage hike picking up interest? While the minimum wage has long been an ebb-and-flow topic in the halls of Congress and statehouses around the country, it has picked up steam recently with the president’s signature of an Executive Order that raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour on new federal contracts beginning in January 2015.

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Bankruptcy, Bonds and Pensions: Setting the Record Straight

State and local retirement systems have already pre-funded the majority of their pension costs and have more than $3.7 trillion assets held in trust for both current and future retirees, according to a fact sheet released last week by NCSL and other groups representing state and local governments.

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As the legislative sessions get underway, you have tremendous demands on your time. Legislative staffers are absolutely critical to the efficient running of a legislature. We simply could not do our work  if we didn’t get support from you. 

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The important work NCSL does on behalf of our states in Washington, D.C., pays big dividends for all of us. 

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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NCSL on the Hill: NCSL Staff Gets Efficient

Following up on a hearing chaired by Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), NCSL staff took the half-mile trek across the street  and met with Senator Franken’s staff to discuss our position and research on energy efficiency issues.

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NCSL travels to the Land of Lincoln – not to celebrate his birthday (that was last Wednesday), but to meet with legislators and legislative staff  from the Midwest region at the 2014 Midwest Environmental Health Policy Summit, held Thursday and Friday in – you guessed it! – Springfield, Ill.

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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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