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STATE UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS 

JOBS SIGNUnemployment declined in 42 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico in December 2014.  Rates went up in four states and remained unchanged in four others.



 

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STATE BUDGET UPDATE 

BUDGETThis new NCSL report highlights results from NCSL’s most recent survey of legislative fiscal officers. It includes information on FY 2015 revenue performance, state tax collections, areas of spending over budget and a summary of state fiscal situations.  



 

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FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

COLLEGE STUDENTSNCSL provides an overview of innovative state strategies to provide low-cost or no-cost tuition for community colleges and help students begin to earn community college credits while still in high school.  



 

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STATE TAX ACTIONS: 2014 

TAX CALCULATORThis new report includes tax actions taken during regular and special legislative sessions in 2014, as well as actions approved by voters. Fifty states and the District of Columbia provided information.  



 

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POLLINATOR HEALTH 

honey beeHoneybees and other pollinators are vital to ecological health and stability, the food system and our national economy. Given the dependence on pollinators for crop production, reduced pollinator populations are an important and growing concern for state legislatures.



 

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MEDICAL SERVICES TRANSPORTATION 

riding a busThis brief provides an overview of the different ways states are dealing with the increase in people who need transportation to medical services because of  age, chronic conditions or income and is intended to provide guidance for state lawmakers to consider the vital role transportation plays in positive health outcomes for citizens.



 

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OVERVIEW | RESEARCH

NCSL conducts policy research in a variety of areas ranging from agriculture and budget and tax issues and education to health care and immigration and transportation. NCSL’s experts are here to answer your questions and give you unbiased, comprehensive information as soon as you need it on issues facing state legislatures. We answer more than 20,000 requests for information a year. Call us anytime or check out our issues list to see what we have online.

Our consulting services on policy issues go beyond testifying. We help draft bills, organize workshops, and convene legislative-executive teams. NCSL staff are prepared to come to your state to work with legislators and staff on almost any public policy issue, or issue related to the management of a legislature. Contact your state’s liaison to schedule a briefing or to learn more about this service.

We also offer access to 50-state information and other legislative resources, such as weekly session schedules. You can find legislation in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress through NCSL’s new 50-State Bill Information Service, a searchable database containing the full text of legislation for the current session. You also can Join listservs and discussion groups, search tens of thousands of documents, receive personalized information on your issues, access NCSL books and newsletters, look-up your colleagues in the 50 states and take advantage of e-learning opportunities.

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