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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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Category: Elections
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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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Category: Public Policy
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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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Tennessee Creates Tuition-Free Community College Scholarship

Faces with steep increases in tuition at public schools (58 percent for community colleges, 72 percent for four-year institutions), many states are exploring innovative solutions that provide affordable postsecondary opportunities to all residents while maintaining a balanced budget.

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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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Lawmakers Taking Steps to Reduce Health Disparities

While Americans as a group are healthier and living longer, disparities in health and access to health care persist.

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Vermont 's New GMO Labeling Law Faces Challenges

On May 8, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that would require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But soon after Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.B. 112, several companies announced their opposition to the new law, with at least one—the Grocery Manufacturers Association—promising to file suit to stop it.

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In Cell Tower Case, 'In Writing' May Not Be What It Seems

The majority of the cases the Supreme Court accepts involve circuit splits where federal courts have ruled differently on the exact same issue. Circuit splits arise in cases important and mundane and involve issues big and small. T-Mobile South v. City of Roswell is one of those cases on a narrow issue that won’t attract much attention outside of those directly affected:  here state and local government and telecom.

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