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Federal Issues Impacting States


Looming federal decisions this Fall are creating uncertainty at the state level. Read more about Pew’s work on how federal government policies impact states, and steps states are taking to improve their financial outlook.

Resources from Pew:

Federal Budget

  • Federal-State Relationship: Federal and state finances intersect in a number of ways. This series of infographics shows how closely they are intertwined.

State Revenues

  • Five Years After The Crash: A collection of Stateline stories related to the 2008 crash, its aftermath and lessons learned.
  • States Look to Raise Minimum Wage: Will California's passage of the $10 minimum wage set the bar for other states?


  • National and State Trends and Actions: Pew's interactive maps illustrate the growth of the foreign-born and unauthorized immigrant populations in the United States from 1980 to 2010.
  • Congress Returns to Work on Immigration: The number of immigration-related measures signed into law increased 28 percent in the first six months of 2013, compared to the same time last year.
  • Little Immigration Aid to States: The immigration overhaul passed by the U.S. Senate does not help states pay for costs incurred by required policy changes, including ramped up English classes and greater  access to public hospitals and health clinics.
  • Victories in States for Immigrants After Years of Defeats: States in 2013 are passing a slew of immigrant-friendly laws, a major change from the strict enforcement measures Arizona and other states approved just a few years ago.
  • Trade Boom Fuels Efforts to Build Better Border Crossings: New Mexico's plan is one of many efforts along the border to lure more business to local crossings. Key ports of entry, including those in San Diego and Nogales, Ariz., are slated for improvements.

Everything You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

Lottery Issues:

  • The United States of Gambling: Online gambling is the latest frontier for states. Only Hawaii and Utah ban all forms of legalized gambling.
  • Wyoming Catches Lottery Fever: The 43 states where lotteries were legal last year made more than $19 billion in profits. State and local governments reaped an additional $8 billion in taxes from commercial and racetrack casinos.


  • Everything You Need to Know About Medicaid Expansion: Where states are expanding Medicaid, and which have said 'no' to expansion.
  • A Quarter-Million Uninsured Veterans May Miss Out: They will miss out on Medicaid coverage because they live in states that have declined to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Drop in Uninsured, Growth in Medicaid: In 2012, Medicaid enrollment hit 50.9 million and Medicare rolls rose to 48.9 million.
  • Combating Medicaid Fraud and Abuse: This first-of-its-kind database compiles and categorizes promising practices states employ to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse.


  • Illinois Pension Challenges: Illinois legislators work towards reform Illinois pension debt continues to grow. Without reform, pension costs could consume a staggering 40 percent of Illinois’ revenue by 2045.
  • Arizona Pension Challenges: The funding level of Arizona’s public employee retirement systems has declined every year since 2003.
  • Montana's Pension Challenges: If not addressed, Montana’s growing pension debt of $4.3 billion will threaten public workers’ salaries and benefits and will crowd out other essential state services.
  • Kentucky's Pension Challenges: In 2031, unless current policies are changed, the annual pension bill to taxpayers will reach $3.8 billion, which will equal over 42 percent of payroll.