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NCSL Celebrates ADA30 with Weeklong Web Series

As the signing anniversary of the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, NCSL and its partners in the State Exchange of Employment and Disability (SEED) plan to celebrate 30 years of the ADA by highlighting its impact and lasting legacy during the week of July 20-24.

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President Donald Trump signed an agreement in January paving the way for the USMCA to be the premiere trade agreement among the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Now, after months of stay-at-home orders and lingering doubts of international trade, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that all three countries have complied with their commitments under the agreement, which will take full effect on July 1.

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Job Gains in May, Not Felt Equally Across Demographics

The Department of Labor’s June release of the May unemployment numbers outlined a more hopeful picture of the economic recovery from coronavirus, with the national unemployment rate falling to 13.3%. However, the positive gains in employment were not felt evenly across race, gender, nationality, or disability status as the number of people marginally attached to the workforce remains high.

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In Retrospect, Speedy Implementation of Wayfair Decision Was Crucial

The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s momentous (in the state tax policy world) South Dakota v. Wayfair decision came and went over the weekend.

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Bipartisan, Cross-Branch Work Group Meets to Advance Evidence-Informed Policymaking

As state policymakers grapple with the public health and economic fallout stemming from COVID-19, they agree on the importance of having sound and reliable information to guide the difficult policy and budget decisions that lie ahead.

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Combating Misinformation During an 'Infodemic'

As COVID-19 spreads across the world and throughout the United States, so too does misinformation, creating what data and health scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) deem an “infodemic.”

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Mitigating Health Workforce Barriers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

To help states manage the unprecedented demand for health care workers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, both state legislatures and the federal government have adopted policies to enhance workforce capability.

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​​​​​​​Labor, Economy Provisions of Second COVID-19 Relief Bill

Congress passed and the president signed into law the second piece of COVID-19 relief legislation, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Congress has already set its sights on passing a third COVID-19 relief package.

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Lose Your Professional License for Unpaid Loans? It Depends

Can you lose your professional license for unpaid student loans? The answer depends on your state and occupation.

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State, Federal Governments Getting Behind Earned Income Tax Credits

Although 25 million tax filers received $61 billion in credits in 2019, millions more don’t claim their credit. Nationally, 20% of filers eligible for the EITC don’t claim it, meaning millions of tax payers and their families are missing out on billions of dollars each year.

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