State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 2 | February 2011

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RIGHT TURN
By Norman J. Ornstein
States can expect little budget help from a Congress intent on fiscal discipline.

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DEEP HOLES, FEW OPTIONS
By Corina Eckl
The end of stimulus money and still shaky revenues have FY 2012 shaping up as the worst budget year yet.

Online: Read NCSL's new "State Budget Update: November 2010" for a close look at how state budgets are
shaping up for the rest of FY 2011 and the prospects for FY 2012.

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HEADS UP!
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell talks about the importance of laws to help prevent head injuries in
student athletes.

Online: Learn more about what steps states have taken to prevent traumatic brain injuries.

 
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THE GREAT DIVIDE
By Garry Boulard
Lawmakers who once prided themselves on working across the aisle find the statehouse
turning deeply partisan.

Online: Dan Glickman, a former congressman and secretary of Agriculture, talks about how extreme partisanship hurts the legislative process.

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TAKING RESPONSIBILITY 
By Megan Foreman
New federal money to prevent teen pregnancies gives states some options.

Online: Watch a video interview with Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

Online: Read more about accountable care organizations.
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TOOLS OF THE TRADE: ETHICS

Being ethical goes beyond just following the law.

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STATELINE

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IN BRIEF: ALZHEIMER'S

The growing cost of care.

Online: Mike Splaine of the Alzheimer's Association discusses policy options for states to aid patients and families.

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PEOPLE