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NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee has analyzed the federal FY 2014 budget and how it will affect programs related to agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues.

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The Student Debt Crisis

More than one trillion dollarsyes, trillion, with a Tis the amount of student loan debt that is outstanding across the country today, and it has almost doubled since 2007. In fact, it’s about $1.2 trillion to be precise. This is placing a tremendous stress on the U.S. economy, and many experts are citing huge concerns for millennials in particular. 

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A Supreme Court Term of Recurring Themes

If you follow the Supreme Court’s docket, one theme from this term is unmistakable: patent cases. The court has taken at least five patent cases (out of less than 70).  But patents don’t worry the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC). Qualified immunity and protesters do. And the court has been immersed in both of these issues too. 

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Voter Law Changes in 2013: A Roundup

When it came to new election laws, 2013 was both remarkable and not-so-remarkable. 

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Task Force Paints Grim Fiscal Picture

The State Budget Crisis Task Force, which has been examining state financial planning and reporting, released a report today that  paints a grim picture for states.

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Mixed Signals in the Economy

Which way is the U.S. economy headed? Well, it depends which economic indicator you are looking at.

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States Gearing Up for UAS (Drone) Test Sites

The heavy lifting in the next phase of the nation’s nascent  unmanned aircraft (UAS/drone) industry will begin in earnest this summer at six UAS test sites. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chose the sites from among 25 applications, based on geographic and climatic diversity, ground infrastructure, aviation experience and the type of research each site would conduct.

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The Work-Share Option

Work-sharing programs, currently available in 26 states and the District of Columbia, allow employees to work reduced hours and collect a prorated payment from the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) fund. It’s an approach that allows employers to retain talent while cutting costs in tough economic times

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Let the Debate Begin: Extending Unemployment Benefits

In something of a surprise move, the U.S. Senate overcame a threatened filibuster over the extension of unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed.  The cloture vote passed the Senate with 60 votes on Tuesday, including approval by six Republican Senators.  Thirty-seven Senators voted “no” on the procedural question.

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Qualified immunity cases are never pretty because they always involve an allegation that a government official violated the law (and usually not just any law but the Constitution). Add the use of deadly force in a high speed chase and things go from bad to worse.

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