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Economist Christopher Thornberg Upbeat About Economy at NCSL Seminar

Economist Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, presented an optimistic outlook for the United States’ economy at the NCSL Fiscal Leaders Seminar last month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Prekindergarten Just Got a Boost in Many States

Many state legislatures continue to focus on developing and funding expansion in state prekindergarten programs to support children’s readiness for school. This topic will be one to watch in 2015.

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New Member Advice from 'Sophomores' to 'Freshmen'

Stay involved with your community. Lean on your staff. Everyone in the building is a potential ally at some time. Partner up.

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NCSL Education Study Group Returns From China With Observations, Questions

The NCSL Study Group on International Education departed China over the weekend. It has been an enlightening week in Shanghai and Beijing, meeting with Chinese and U.S. officials and visiting schools.

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NCSL Study Group Hears How China's Culture, History Affects Education

The NCSL Study Tour moved from Shanghai to Beijing to discover how Chinese history and culture impacts the country's educational system.

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NCSL Study Group Travels to China to Examine Student Test Performances

This year NCSL created the Study Group on International Education, a bipartisan group of 24 legislators and six legislative staff. The group will meet to study with international and national experts to learn what the states can glean about education reform from high performing countries.

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Gender Gap Grows: Fewer Women in State Legislatures in 2015

Preliminary results indicate that this election means fewer women will serve in state legislatures in 2015 than this year.

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Republican Wave Capsizes Democrats

Update 9:39 a.m. ET

After a day of double-checking partisan composition numbers in the more than 6,000 legislative races this year, the extent of Republican success in legislative and governor’s elections is mostly clear. Suffice it to say, it was a banner election for the GOP.

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NCSL: Your Source for State Results and Analysis

With 147 ballot questions, including 35 citizen initiatives, 6,049 state legislative seats up for election around the country and 36 states with governor’s races, NCSL is your comprehensive source for sorting out the results on Election Night.

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Colorado Taxpayers May See First TABOR Refunds in 15 Years

As Colorado’s economy rebounds in the aftermath of the Great Recession, taxpayers may receive a tax refund courtesy of the state’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

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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.