Read about the outlook for state fiscal conditions, the effect of the drop in gas prices on states, the ethics of gifts, the debate over motorcycle helmets and state efforts to support home caregivers.Read a rundown on the top public policy issues facing state lawmakers in 2015, state-private sector partnerships for infrastructure, e-cigarettes and taxes and dealing with cuts to mental health programs.
VOLUME 35, No. 8 | September 2009
Education in the Balance
By Garry Boulard
The next version of No Child Left Behind is not going to happen without state lawmakers demanding a bigger say.
Online: A Q and A with Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy
What Teachers Need
By Michelle Exstrom
Research into why teachers leave the profession is helping lawmakers craft better policies to hold onto them.
Teen Drivers Tune-Up
By Melissa Savage
A move is underway to impose national standards on teen drivers.
Online: More resources related to graduated teen driver's licenses.
Riding Out the Storm
By Neil Downing
Tiny Rhode Island has been buffeted by a huge fiscal hurricane that’s far from over.
Online: Read more about steps states are taking to address the fiscal situation at NCSL's Budget and Tax program.
Battle for Albany
By Irene Jay Liu
Inside the battle for control of the New York Senate.
By Gary Clark
Legislators who also serve in the military often find a new way of looking at representative democracy.
Online: Military regulations regarding service by elected officials.
Improving the Odds
By Melissa Hansen
Dozens of states aim to help minorities and low-income residents receive better medical care and live
Online: Read more about steps states are taking to address health disparities and see a 50-state map
showing the 35 states that have created statewide strategic plans to address the problem.
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