State Legislatures

VOLUME 36, No. 1 | January 2010

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WEATHERING THE STORM 
By Edward Smith
Despite an improving economy, legislative leaders say there are still hard times ahead for states

Online: NCSL's latest State Budget Update.

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POWER PLAY
By Edward Smith
Business guru Jim Collins says great legislators find a way to get good things done.

Online: A Q and A with Jim Collins.

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THE PRIVATE LIFE OF E-MAIL
By Pam Greenberg
The digital age has complicated the definition of what’s a public document.

Online: Video of Washington state lawmakers debating an open records law.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY 
By Vincent Badolato
The future of higher education may depend on the success of community colleges

Online: A Q and A with Washington Senator Derek Kilmer.

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EARLY RETURNS
By Julie Poppe
Lawmakers are sold on the importance of early learning programs. Now they’re figuring out
how to pay for them.

Online: A Q and A with Albert Wat of Pre-K Now.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

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STATELINE

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IN BRIEF: FOSTER CARE

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