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As Student Debt Levels Grow, States Look to Help Borrowers

More than 44 million Americans owe student loan debt and the total level of debt reached $1.53 trillion in 2018.

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The Census: Balancing Data Privacy With Usability

Privacy is the hot new topic: it’s one of NCSL’s priorities, The New York Times has a deep privacy project underway, and the ubiquity of smart devices has made data privacy a personal and state concern.

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Category: Census
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The States’ Prescription for Controlling Drug Prices

Representative Tom Oliverson (R-Texas) and Delegate Bonnie Cullison (D-Md.) joined staff from the NCSL Washington, D.C. office this week to meet with members of Congress, congressional committee staff, and intergovernmental partners at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Census 2020: Counting the Hard-to-Count in Alaska 

For the last three censuses, the Census Bureau has selected a remote Alaska village to be the first community to be counted.

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Looking Forward: 2020 Tax Trends Outlook Part 2

Revisiting tax trends from last year may provide insight on what to expect in 2020 legislative sessions. Sometimes there will be surprises that unfold, but here are some trends we anticipate seeing this year. 

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Category: Fiscal policy
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A Glance in the Rearview Mirror: 2019 Tax Trends Part 1

State capitols across the country come to life in January as lawmakers convene for their annual legislative sessions.

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Category: Fiscal policy
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For Now, SCOTUS Won’t Review Flint Water Crisis Case

The Flint water crisis was among the more notable events of the last decade. Unsurprisingly, it led to litigation.

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The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States.

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Cybersecurity and the Electric Grid

Malicious actors—some part of criminal groups, others backed by foreign governments—are constantly probing the cyber-defenses of the nation’s critical infrastructure, looking for exploitable weaknesses.

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Category: Technology
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Supreme Court to Hear States’ Challenge to the Birth Control Mandate Exemption

Trump v. Pennsylvania and Little Sister of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania are complicated cases. The most prominent legal issue in them is whether federal agencies have the statutory authority to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate’s conscience exemption.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.