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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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Laying the Groundwork for a Constitutional Convention

A group of state legislators is endeavoring to lay the foundation and ground rules to be used if a Constitutional Convention is called.

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Longtime Penn. Lawmaker Nicholas Micozzie To Retire

Longtime Pennsylvania State Representative Nicholas Micozzie is retiring after 36 years in office and 44 years of public service.

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State Capitol Lessons Helpful in D.C.

Did you know that nearly half of the 113th Congress once served in a state legislature? Having once worked as a staff member for the state Senate in Mississippi, I can see how the state legislature can prepare you for life on Capitol Hill. In fact, I believe Washington can take a couple of notes from the states.

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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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What to Expect as an NCSL Early Learning Fellow in 2014

The NCSL Early Learning Fellows program is at it again. This year is the third round of the program and both the Fellows and NCSL Early Care and Education project staff are excited.

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