Table of Contents: September 2014

9/1/2014

VOLUME 40, No. 8

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Features

Sept 2014 SL CoverHIRE POWER
By Jack Queen
To close the skills gap, states are teaming up with industries that need, but can’t find, qualified workers.

COMMON CORE: PUT TO THE TEST
By Michelle Exstrom and Dan Thatcher
State legislatures have become ground zero for the new Common Core education standards.

FRAUD FIGHTER OR BALLOT BLOCKER?
By Wendy Underhill
Although voter ID legislation has dwindled, controversy over the laws continues.

ETHICS, ELECTIONS AND ACCUSATION
By Peggy Kerns and Cassandra Kirsch
Preventing frivolous, unfounded ethics complaints, especially during election season, helps keep politics out of the process.

BIG DATA = BIG BENEFITS
By JoAnne Bourquard and Cassandra Kirsch
States are using large amounts of data to improve efficiency, fight fraud and identify savings.

FOUR DECADES STRONG: THE 1990s
The good times rolled, but they also spawned term limits and other challenges for lawmakers.

Departments

BOOK REVIEW

POINT OF ORDER

PEOPLE AND POLITICS

STATELINE

STATESTATS

TRENDS AND TRANSITIONS