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The cover article looks at the maximum divide over the minimum wage. Opponents of raising the minimum wage contend that will force businesses to cut staff, while proponents argue that giving workers more disposable income puts money back into the economy. Read both sides of the issue starting on page 14.

New Jersey Assemblyman Herb ConawayThe Affordable Care Act borrowed several elements from state-based reforms. “America’s long and fruitful experiment in federalism continues to teach us that there are many paths to a common goal," says New Jersey Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D). What were states already doing before Congress passed the ACA? Find out on page 18.

Wyoming Representative Rose BergerThe federal health care law is far from the first time a state innovation became a national model—for example, women’s suffrage was born in the Wild West. "Giving women the right to vote was key to attracting people to the sparsely populated Western territories, allowing them to expand quicker in their quest for statehood," says Wyoming Representative Rosie Berger (R). Read more about nation-changing policies that originated in the states on page 19.

Montana Senator Elsie AmtzenWhen it comes to energy, Canada is much more than just the good neighbor to the north. The U.S./Canada energy relationship is "a strong one, an interrelated one" says Montana Senator Elsie Arntzen (R). Read just how deep and wide it runs on page 26.

West Virginia Delegate Don PerdueThe U.S. teen birth rate has fallen by more than half over the past two decades, but it’s still higher than desirable. "Nationwide, we’ve seen significant declines, but we can’t let that lead us into a false sense of security," says West Virginia Delegate Don Perdue (D). Teen pregnancy and childbearing affect the education and income of both parents and their children. "Today’s economy requires more education than ever," says Mississippi Senator Sally Doty (R).Mississippi Senator Sally Doty Find out what states are doing to address teen pregnancy rates on page 30.

There’s a lot more you’ll find inside—from REAL ID and digital poll books to immigration laws and e-cigarettes. Questions about the magazine? Contact NCSL.

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