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New Study Boosts Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation

A comprehensive, recently-released study by the nonpartisan think-tank Eno Center for Transportation entitled "Partnership Financing: Improving Transportation Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships,"  makes several useful recommendations for those states and localities that may want to explore the possibility of adding public-private partnerships (P3s) to their infrastructure financing tool box.

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NCSL President: Preview the Speakers at the Legislative Summit

Watch NCSL President Bruce Starr preview the speakers at the Legislative Summit Aug. 19-22 in Minneapolis.

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Michigan Passes a Minimum Wage Increase

In something of a surprise move, Michigan hopped on the bandwagon of states that have passed minimum wage increases this session. Why a surprise? The Michigan Legislature is controlled by Republicans, not typically in favor of minimum wage hikes.

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State Health Reform Bills Reveal 2014 Patterns

Health reform insurance enrollment has closed for most coverage in 2014, but many policy decisions remain for states to consider throughout this year.

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Happy 529 College Savings Day

Today is 529 College Savings Day. College savings plans, frequently called 529 plans because they are regulated by section 529 of the Internal Revenue code, are tax-advantaged investment plans that help families save for future college expenses.

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Minnesota's Election System Gets High Marks

Minnesota’s election system is a rightful source of pride. Turnout is consistently the highest in the nation, and the North Star State recently received high marks from the Elections Performance Index, a tool designed by the Pew Charitable Trusts to encourage election improvements at the state level.

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States Use Performance Funding to Help Meet Future Workforce Needs

Realizing the negative effect a shortage of educated workers will have on economic competiveness, many states have implemented a range of policies to proactively address this gap and make their higher education systems more productive.

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Lucky No. 7 for Water Infrastructure Bill

It has been seven years since Congress has passed a reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act, the act that funds water infrastructure projects such as harbor maintenance and operations, levees construction and port activities across the country.

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 Former Alabama House Speaker Seth Hammett Named Governor's Interim Chief of Staff

Former longtime Democratic House Speaker Seth Hammett has gone to work for Republican Governor Robert Bentley as his chief of staff.

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Report Calls on California Legislature to Make Funding Teacher Pensions a Top Priority

Staring down $340 billion in long-term costs, what should California lawmakers tackle first?

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