MEDICAID: THE 800-POUND GORILLA
By Rachel Brand
State lawmakers are trying to cut costs so the program will survive, even when millions more are added to the rolls.
- THE TECHNOLOGY PROMISE
By Katie Boyer
Widespread use of electronic medical records promises to transform health care. But can we afford it?
- HIGHER EDUCATION: DO THE MATH
By Julie Davis Bell, Brenda Bautsch and Michelle Liu
Increasing Latinos’ success in college not only benefits lives, but can also be an economic boon for the entire nation.
- GOT MILK?
By Jennifer B. Saunders
Breastfeeding offers benefits to mother and child, and lawmakers are taking steps to encourage the practice.
- THE REACH OF FREE SPEECH
By David Savage
Recent rulings make it tough to nail down the boundaries of protected speech and other thorny state-federal issues.
- BLOG, TWEET AND POST: PROCEED WITH CAUTION
By Judy Nadler
Social media tools can pose ethical problems for lawmakers.
- STAFF: ETHICS IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD
By Natalie O’Donnell Wood
Legislative staff members discuss the ethical challenges of social media.
- EVERYTHING'S ON THE TABLE
By Garry Boulard
Selling buildings, turning to private business, cutting the size of the legislature and even taking away cellphones are all ideas for states desperate to cut costs.