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Is the Highway Trust Fund Road Kill?

The issue at hand is the precarious state of the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is, by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s own admission, facing the possibility of dropping below the threshold of certainty for state reimbursements by August.

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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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Education Chairs Gather to Tackle Tough Issues

Earlier this month, 26 leaders of state legislative education committees from 21 states met for two and a half days at NCSL’s annual Education Chairs Workshop to study, learn and engage with each other on some of the top education issues facing their states. 

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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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Category: Legislators, NCSL
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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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State Prekindergarten Programs: A Decade of Progress

Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), highlighted some of the key findings of NIEER's annual State Preschool Yearbook during a June 24 NCSL webinar entitled State Prekindergarten Programs: A Decade of Progress.

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Walking the Talk in Atlanta For Public Health

When “Gone With the Wind” premiered in Atlanta in December 1939, the stars stayed at the Georgian Terrace Hotel where they gathered for a celebration.Seventy-five years later at the Georgian Terrace, NCSL partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) to sponsor a two-day NCSL invitational meeting "Cost Effective Strategies in Public Health: The 'Winnable Battles Initiative.'"

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Van Dyken-Rouen Injury Tragic Reminder of ATV Dangers

The tragic injury of six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was an uncomfortable reminder of the dangers posed by all-terrain vehicles.

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Wisconsin Elections: Decentralized Down to the Village Level

Wisconsin is a unique case study in elections administration because it is highly decentralized. Elections are run by 1,852 jurisdictions at the city, town and village level, rather than on the county level as in most other states.

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Category: NCSL, Elections
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NCSL Launches Elections Administration Research Database

NCSL has launched the Elections Administration Research Database, which brings together over 1,900 reports that, altogether, address a wide range of elections topics. It is supported by generous funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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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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