Table of Contents | State Legislatures Magazine | January 2018

1/1/2018

VOLUME 44, No. 1

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January 2018 State Legislatures coverTOP 10 IN 2018
By Julie Lays
The road ahead for this year’s legislative sessions is packed with big issues, and here are 10 of the biggest.

REVENUE GROWTH: MORE TORTOISE THAN HARE
By Erica MacKellar
The new year brings new budget challenges as state revenue growth trudges slowly along.

NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TRAINED TEACHERS
By Suzanne Weiss
If the teacher workforce has grown nearly 50 percent since the 1980s, why are states still reporting shortages?

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP
By Suzanne Weiss
Hiring enough teachers to fill America’s classrooms is like pouring water into a leaky bucket.

HEALTH IDEAS GET SECOND CHANCE
By Dick Cauchi
While few agree on how to boost competition in the health insurance marketplace, association plans get another look.

PARTY CONTROL AS SESSIONS BEGIN
As gavels come down across the nation, the complexion of the legislative chambers has changed—ever so slightly—because of the November elections.
By NCSL Staff

DEPARTMENTS

SHORT TAKES ON NCSL NEWS
News from inside NCSL, with updates on recent staff professional development seminars and state lawmakers’ efforts to get Congress to hear more state-federal issues

STATESTATS
Getting to know America’s territories

A guide to the governments, exports and GDP of the five inhabited territories, whose residents are U.S. citizens or nationals

NEWSMAKERS | WHO'S MAKING NEWS UNDER THE DOMES
The latest news on leadership changes in statehouses across the nation and in the territories, with quotes from lawmakers

TRENDS IN STATE POLICY NEWS
What lawmakers are working on now: cyber threats, the high cost of weather disasters, kids’ caucuses, broadband’s reach, cyclists and the “Idaho stop” and REAL ID

STATELINE | LEGISLATIVE NEWS IN BRIEF
News bites from across the country: from wedding bells during budget talks in Connecticut to “risk-limiting” election audits in Colorado

YES, NO, MAYBE SO
This month’s ethics question: Is it wrong to use photos funded by the state on your personal social media accounts? A Washington state lawmaker's experience offers a cautionary tale.

ON RECORD
A Q&A with DAN PATRICK, Texas lieutenant governor and author
“Rebuilding after Harvey will require a massive effort.”

THE FINAL WORD
Meet Georgia House Speaker DAVID RALSTON 
“I’m a great believer that the states are truly the laboratories of democracy.”