State Legislatures

VOLUME 37, No. 1 | January 2011

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FRAGILE RECOVERY
By Christopher Thornberg
High unemployment, lackluster consumer demand and an anemic real estate market all spell continued trouble for state budgets.

Online: Read NCSL's new "State Budget Update: November 2010" for a close look at how state budgets are
shaping up for the rest of FY 2011 and the prospects for FY 2012.

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COUNTER CULTURES
By Marty Linsky
Success in government demands a different set of skills than making it big in business.

Online: Learn more about legislative leadership at NCSL’s Leaders’ Center.

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15 TIPS FOR BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR
Here’s some practical wisdom on coping with an ever increasing number of complex issues.

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PAY PROBLEM
By Morgan Cullen
Most legislative salaries lag behind the private sector, but raising them can cause a political firestorm.

Online: See a 50-state chart of legislators' pay.

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JUMP-STARTING JOBS
By Luke Martel
State lawmakers are hoping tax credits will get small businesses hiring.

Online: Read more about state economic stimulus plans.

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THEN AND NOW

Find out where our statehouse photo comes from this month.

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STATESTATS

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TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS

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SOUNDBITES

Legislators have plenty to keep them up at night in the 2011 session.

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STATELINE

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PEOPLE