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Workforce Update Passes House, Sent to President

On July 9, the U.S. House passed H.R. 803 (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or WIOA) in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 415-6. On June 25, the Senate approved the measure by a 95-3 vote.

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New Study Offers Ideas on Appealing to Small Businesses

Online services marketplace Thumbtack recently published the results of their 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, conducted in conjunction with the Kauffman Foundation.

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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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California Takes Lead in Legalizing Bitcoin

California is the first state to enact legislation regarding digital and virtual currencies such as Amazon Coins, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Starbuck Stars and Peercoin.

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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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Happy New Fiscal Year!

While the rest of us can clean up after last night’s parties, lawmakers in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are waiting to see what gubernatorial action will be taken on their state’s respective budgets for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

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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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With the Clock Ticking, Lawmakers Pursue Budget Agreements in Two States

As we discussed in Friday’s blog post, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are the only states working to finalize their budget ahead of tonight’s midnight deadline to start the new fiscal year.

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Court Sides With Hobby Lobby in Contraception Case

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S Supreme Court held Monday that corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act because to do so would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act .

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