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Entries for April 2018

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Baby Boomers: Unprepared and 'Unretiring'

Baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011. More than 26 million have hit the mark so far. Happy birthday to the 10,000 boomers who turn 65 every day between now and 2030.

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For Some College Students, Hunger Is an Extracurricular

Faced with rising costs for books, supplies and tuition, today’s college students often skip meals to pay for their education.

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SCOTUS to Hear Landmark Internet State Tax Case April 17

Since 1992, Quill v. North Dakota, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits a state from requiring out-of-state sellers to collect and remit the state’s sales tax, has been the law of the land.  In a few months, that may no longer be the case.

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Inside This Month's State Legislatures Magazine

Find out about the latest stories in the April issue of State Legislatures magazine, including "A Question of Fairness," which looks at the upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will determine whether states can compel online retailers to collect sales tax.

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Category: Magazine
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Insurance Market Stabilization Stalls

Since last summer there has been a lot of discussion about health insurance markets and premiums at the federal level, notably, cost sharing reduction payments and reinsurance programs.

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NCSL Tracks Early Care and Education Legislation

NCSL’s Early Care and Education project monitors and tracks relevant legislation annually for the 50 states and territories.

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Qualified Immunity Ruling for Police Officer Causes a Stir

In the U.S.  Supreme Court case Kisela v. Hughes, Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed in a headline-grabbing dissenting opinion describing the decision as allowing police officers to “shoot first and think later.” 

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West Virginia Moves to Single-Member Districts

Multimember districts. Decades ago, they were a fixture for American legislatures, yet many states moved away from them following voting rights lawsuits in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Category: Elections
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Millennial Savings for a Comfortable Retirement (Avocado Toast and All)

Stereotypes about millennials’ sense of entitlement and lack of financial sophistication abound. While new research debunks some myths about this generation, it paints a less than rosy picture of millennials’ prospects for a secure retirement.

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Census Gets Funding Bump, Adds Citizenship Question

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, signed by President Donald Trump on March 23, includes an increase in funding for the 2020 census.

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Category: Census
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