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Tribes Urged to Focus on Gig Economy at Energy Summit

The gig economy, in which short-term workers perform contracted tasks organized through an online platform, can be a key instrument in developing self-determination and developing tribal economies.

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CBO Finds FY 2019 Sequestration Cuts Unnecessary, But Uncertainty Remains for FY 2020

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report last week finding that across-the-board (ATB) sequestration measures set forth in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 would not be required because fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations do not exceed statutory caps on discretionary funding.

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Is Twilight Approaching for Daylight Saving Time?

As the United States once again prepares to spring forward into another season of extra daylight, the debate over the biannual clock-changing exercise is taking place in at least 26 state legislatures this year, the most since NCSL began tracking the topic five years ago.

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New Report Examines Future of Work Across America’s 3,000-Plus Counties

America at Work: A National Mosaic and Roadmap for Tomorrow, a new report from Walmart in partnership with McKinsey & Company, examines the economies and workforces at the county level, and policy interventions that can help communities prepare for the future of work.

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Behavioral Health Professions Now Featured on Scope of Practice Policy Website

As health provider workforce shortages continue to affect rural and underserved areas in the wake of the opioid crisis, state policymakers will look to address access to care in their communities this legislative session.

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NCSL Resources on Issues of State Concern Raised During the State of the Union

President Donald Trump touched on a number of issues of significant interest to states during Tuesday's State of the Union address. Here are NCSL resources related to those issues. 

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Pew Report: States Vary in Approach to Outcome Monitoring

With increasing legislative scrutiny on program effectiveness, state legislators use performance management systems, also known as outcome monitoring systems, for guidance. Nearly every state has an outcome monitoring system in place, yet just under half regularly review or audit performance indicators to evaluate success.

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Goodbye NAFTA, Hello USMCA

NAFTA may be dead, but USMCA isn’t much different.

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NCSL Legislative Summit Opens Monday in Los Angeles

Los Angeles—Throw a dart at the nation's public policy target board and you're certain to hit one of the topics on tap at the 2018 NCSL Legislative Summit, opening Monday at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Webinar Wednesday: Revitalizing Civics Education in Schools

Millions of American students and adults continue to be unfamiliar with how their government works, leading experts to sound the alarm about a civics education crisis and call for its revitalization.

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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.