State Legislatures

VOLUME 38, No. 1 | January 2012

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JOBS CRISIS
By Louis Jacobson
Most economists agree states can do a few things, though not a lot, to help create jobs.

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INCHING TOWARD RECOVERY
By Christopher Thornberg and Asha Shepard
The nation’s economy is gaining strength and even employment should start picking up this
year.

Online: Read NCSL's new "State Budget Update."

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THE TOP 12 FOR 2012
By Meagan Dorsch
From health care to environmental regulations, lawmakers have a full agenda as legislative sessions begin.

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BRINGING UP BABY
By Steffanie Clothier and Jack Tweedie
For new parents, home visits by trained professionals can make all the difference.

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THE NEW HEALTHY
By Amy Winterfeld
Lawmakers are cooking up ways to encourage better eating.

Online: Learn more about NCSL's Hunger Partnership.

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PARKS IN PERIL
By Douglas Shinkle
Across the country, recreation areas are being hit hard by state budget cuts.

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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: Find out the average number of constituents in all state legislative districts in 2010.

Online: Learn more about the National Popular Vote.

Online: States have some unusual signature foods.

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE

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LINSKY ON LEADERSHIP

Convictions put spotlight on need for change.

Online: Read an earlier Marty Linsky column.