State lawmakers play a major role in advancing the quality of Americans’ lives, from helping to protect the air we breathe and water we drink, to educating our children. By researching emerging topics and developing 50-state comparisons, Pew identifies innovative approaches states are using to help solve complex challenges. Pew also conducts extensive research and analysis to understand how states can better serve the public, and we work with states to develop data-driven, pragmatic solutions to issues such as children’s dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective, high-quality home visiting programs, public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) recently signed into law bipartisan legislation that will help state policymakers study the effectiveness of corrections and human services programs and identify those with the greatest return on public investment. Read More
Policymakers at all levels of government are attempting to address a nationwide increase in heroin abuse. Use of the drug has tripled over the past decade, paralleling widespread misuse of prescription opioids, and overdose deaths have increased nearly threefold in the past seven years. Read More
Connecticut’s newly enacted budget for fiscal year 2016 includes a comprehensive reform to the state’s Budget Reserve Fund, designed to help the state better manage its volatile revenues and expand its options for dealing with future budget pressures arising from economic downturns. Read More