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Summit Tour Shows the Forest Through the Paper

Did you know that forest products manufacturing is a carbon-neutral process or that the paper products manufacturing industry generates about 4.5 percent of total annual U.S. manufacturing GDP? Did you know it's among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states?

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Lawmakers Seek Solutions for Transportation Funding Shortfalls

State lawmakers gathered during last week's Legislative Summit for a roundtable discussion seeking solutions to the potential transportation funding shortfalls.

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Yo-Yo Ma: Arts Education Crucial to Innovative Society

Yo-Yo Ma has played far more acoustically-friendly venues than a convention center meeting room, but rarely to an audience more central to his passion for arts education in schools.

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Ten Tips for Citizen Engagement

Legislators are continually on the lookout for the best ways to connect with constituents. These tips can help.

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NCSL Leaders Meet with White House Officials

State legislative leaders from across the country were treated to a half-day discussion with cabinet secretaries at the White House last week, as part of NCSL’s three-day meeting that brought the leaders to D.C. for informative sessions and to meet with members of Congress

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No Summer Recess for Infrastructure

With only two weeks left until Washington, D.C., hits its annual summer recess, we saw a pair of announcements from the administration last week that struck a common theme: infrastructure.

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Utah Welcomes Western State Fiscal Leaders

Dozens of legislators and legislative staff members gathered in Park City, Utah late last week for NCSL’s inaugural Western States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. Attendees from 14 Western states met for a day and a half to learn from policy experts and each other as they prepare to confront pressing fiscal issues in next year’s legislative sessions.

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Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Gettysburg

The most pivotal battle of the American Civil War was fought on the first three days of July 151 years ago in Gettysburg, Penn. Historians estimate that there were nearly 50,000 casualties on those hallowed grounds as a result of just three days of fighting. The lessons from the battle and the decisions made by leaders from both sides are as relevant today as they were in the 19th century.

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Financial Stability Means a Lot More than Saving For Retirement

Many Americans believe their finances are in good order because they are saving regularly for retirement, often through an employer-augmented 401(k) plan.

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Who's Working This Weekend?

Lawmakers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania might be burning the midnight oil this weekend. Those are the only two states where the legislature has yet to pass a budget before the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

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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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