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As Spring Turns to Summer, Transportation Infrastructure Begins to Take Center Stage​

With the summer construction season set to begin, congressional transportation leaders recently made two announcements regarding the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

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Category: Public Policy
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Checking in on State Budgets

With two months left in the fiscal year for most states, May 1 marks the perfect opportunity to check in on the status of state budgets. As of today, 31 states have enacted budgets for FY 2015.

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Category: Public Policy
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An Up-Close Look at Arkansas Elections

Turnout means everything in elections. And this week, elections technology meant something for 39 Arkansas legislators who turned out for a packed meeting where elections technology took center stage.

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Category: Elections
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Legislator Compensation Commissions Help Take Politics Out of Pay Raises

NCSL recently completed its annual legislator compensation study and found only nine states that have increased salaries over the past 12 months. Perhaps the most interesting take away from the study revealed that the only legislatures that witnessed a pay change were in states where the primary responsibility for determining lawmaker’s salaries did not reside with the legislature.

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Category: Legislators
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Celebrating National Public Health Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association are sponsoring the National Public Health Week, which is a yearly initiative that focuses on public health in the United States.

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States Awash in Cash? Defining a Budget Surplus

We’ve heard it in state of the state addresses and in various media stories that many states are projecting budget surpluses. While it is true that state fiscal conditions continue to improve (see NCSL’s "State Budget Update: Fall 2013for more information), the term “budget surplus” needs a bit of clarification.

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NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee has analyzed the federal FY 2014 budget and how it will affect programs related to agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues.

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How the West Virginia Chemical Spill May Push Reform Legislation

The recent chemical spill and resulting water crisis in West Virginia that left 300,000 residents without potable water is likely to push the federal government to reform the regulation of toxic chemicals.

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Category: Federalism
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The Student Debt Crisis

More than one trillion dollarsyes, trillion, with a Tis the amount of student loan debt that is outstanding across the country today, and it has almost doubled since 2007. In fact, it’s about $1.2 trillion to be precise. This is placing a tremendous stress on the U.S. economy, and many experts are citing huge concerns for millennials in particular. 

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State Legislatures magazine celebrates humble launch 40 years ago.

The headline on the four-page, black and white publication proclaimed “State Legislative Organization Is Born.” It was Volume 1, Number 1 of State Legislatures Today. Dated January 1975, it marked the birth of an organization—NCSL—and a magazine, both 40 years old this month.

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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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