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Entries for December 2018

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Reflecting on NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program

As we close out 2018 and begin making plans for the new year, NCSL’s Children and Families and Education programs are reflecting on our work over the years to support early care and education.

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Mac Taylor, California Legislative Analyst, Retires After 40 Years

Mac Taylor must like round numbers. At the end of December, the longtime California legislative analyst will be calling it a career after 40 years working for the California Legislature.

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2018 Financial Literacy Year-End Update

Making smart money choices has a tremendous impact on the long-term self-sufficiency of families. Financial literacy policies are a bipartisan strategy that strengthen a person’s knowledge of diverse financial concepts, ranging from budgeting and home ownership to starting a business and investing for retirement.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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IRS Raising Awareness of Federal and State EITC Enactments

The Internal Revenue Service is leading a national effort to increase awareness for the earned income tax credit (EITC) building up to EITC Awareness Day on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

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Category: Human services
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What's Going on in American Higher Education Today?

When considering the challenges facing American higher education, Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik says, “The state role is so important because the states are all are so different: different issues, different conclusions, different conversations.”

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The Shutdown Is Here: What to Expect

Disagreement over the president’s $5 billion request for a border wall has resulted in an impasse on the passage of the remaining FY 2019 spending bills and a partial federal shutdown.

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Resources Supporting Economic Opportunities for Families

NCSL’s Family Economic Success Program provides bipartisan resources on policies that support economic opportunities for families.

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Category: Human services
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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

The holidays are often a time of celebration and indulgence in our favorite holiday treats. However, these festivities often include alcohol and other impairing substances, making the holidays one of the most dangerous seasons on our roads.

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Category: Transportation
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Supreme Court Roundup: From Kavanaugh to Liquor Sales to One Enormous Cross

What do the 2020 census, double jeopardy, an enormous cross and the distribution of alcohol all have in common? They’re are all issues before the Supreme Court this session.

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Trump Signs $867 Billion Farm Bill

Overall, the bill reauthorizes a host of agriculture and nutrition programs through fiscal year 2023 (Sept. 30, 2023) and has an estimated price tag of $867 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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