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The Sad Tale of Rails-to-Trails

The odds were against state and local government in the Brandt case for the most compelling reason possible: precedent (old, but pretty much on point) contradicted our position. 

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NCSL President Drives Home State Transportation Issues During D.C. Visit

Last week, NCSL President Senator Bruce Starr (R- Ore.) braved the unseasonably cold weather in Washington, D.C., for a whirlwind day of meetings focused on transportation infrastructure funding and financing. 

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U.S. House Judiciary Committee Takes Next Step on Marketplace Fairness Act

The 113th Congress is expected to pass less legislation than any other Congress in history. However, someone forgot to tell that to the sponsors of the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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Saving for a Chance to Win this Tax Season

The Doorways to Dreams Fund, an organization that develops financial products to meet the needs of low-to-moderate income people, is in its second year in leading the Save Your Refund campaign to encourage people nationwide to start the habit of saving at tax time. 

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March State Legislatures Magazine - Now Available Online

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.

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Action Heating Up on Common Core

The 2014 session is proving even more active than last year’s when it comes to the Common Core State Standards.

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With ACA Deadline Looming, Enrollment Push Heightens

States and communities across the nation are launching a final push to enroll people into health insurance.

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Toll Roads, Partnerships and a Dog Named Shep

The public-private partnership involved in rebuilding the U.S.36 highway corridor between Denver and Boulder has sparked controversy as well as memories of a toll booth mascot dog named Shep.

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Delaware and Nevada Sign Interstate Online Gambling Pact

An agreement between Delaware and Nevada will allow online gamblers to play across state lines.

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The No. 1 way to lessen the potential impacts from a severe weather emergency is to be prepared

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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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