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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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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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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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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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Massachusetts Adopts $11 Minimum Wage

With the passage of S.B. 2195, Massachusetts became the first state to mandate an $11 minimum wage.

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Can You Hear Me Now? Supreme Court Rules Cellphone Privacy Isn’t Dead

Supreme Court watchers love technology cases. Technology is for the young, so the cliché goes, and the youngest justices are middle age. Court watchers speculate about whether the justices even understand the technology on which they are ruling.

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California, New York Forge Ahead with Voting Preclearance

One year after a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act and allowed states to make changes to elections laws without first seeking federal approval, at least two states are looking to create their own systems of preclearance.

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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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