dollar billsThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updates of the poverty guidelines which are used as an eligibility criterion by the Community Services Block Grant program and a number of other federal programs.




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.  




VOTE BUTTONThe Canvass, NCSL's elections newsletter, asked 13 national experts what they expect 2015 might bring in terms of elections policy and what advice they might offer to lawmakers. Read their responses. 




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.  




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.




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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  • President Backs Off Plan to Tax 529 Investment Returns

    College savings plans, commonly known as 529 plans, surged into the news recently when President Obama proposed, then retreated from, a plan to tax investment returns on new contributions.

  • NCSL Has Your Answers on School Choice

    Legislatures across the country are recognizing this week as National School Choice Week, recognizing the right of parents to select a school that best meets the needs of their child.

  • Kaiser Study Highlights Growth in Medicaid Enrollment, Spending

    A recent Kaiser Family Foundation report based on a recent survey of Medicaid directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia provides an overview of Medicaid spending and enrollment growth for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

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