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Task Force Paints Grim Fiscal Picture

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, which has been examining state financial planning and reporting, released a report today that  paints a grim picture for states.

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Category: Public Policy
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Women Legislators, Leaders Stay at Status Quo

November’s election brought three new female legislators to the New Jersey Assembly—including Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, a Roller Derby-playing Republican from Marlton—but the total number of women serving in legislatures around the country has hardly changed from 2013.

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Category: Legislators
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2014 Federal Fiscal Primer

If members of Congress feel déjà vu as they return to the second session of the 113th Congress, it may have something to do with the ongoing need to address the nation’s finances.

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Category: Federalism
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Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink

West Virginia’s legislative leaders did not think that the first couple of weeks of session would be upended by a declared state of emergency in the capital city Charleston because of a chemical spill that contaminated the water supply for over 300,000 people including the Capitol.

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NCSL's Early Learning Fellows Program Completes Another Successful Year

What is NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows program all about? It is the premier program created and hosted by NCSL's Early Care and Education project for the purpose of educating and discussing children’s issues ranging from birth through age eight with legislators and staff from around the country and territories.

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Mixed Signals in the Economy

Which way is the U.S. economy headed? Well, it depends which economic indicator you are looking at.

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It's Back-to-Session Time for Most State Lawmakers

As the new year gets under way, so do America’s state legislatures. This year, 46 legislatures will convene to discuss and examine a variety of topics.

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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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States Gearing Up for UAS (Drone) Test Sites

The heavy lifting in the next phase of the nation’s nascent  unmanned aircraft (UAS/drone) industry will begin in earnest this summer at six UAS test sites. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chose the sites from among 25 applications, based on geographic and climatic diversity, ground infrastructure, aviation experience and the type of research each site would conduct.

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The Work-Share Option

Work-sharing programs, currently available in 26 states and the District of Columbia, allow employees to work reduced hours and collect a prorated payment from the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund. It’s an approach that allows employers to retain talent while cutting costs in tough economic times

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Let the Debate Begin: Extending Unemployment Benefits

In something of a surprise move, the U.S. Senate overcame a threatened filibuster over the extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.  The cloture vote passed the Senate with 60 votes on Tuesday, including approval by six Republican Senators.  Thirty-seven Senators voted “no” on the procedural question.

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