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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Nearly half of California workers are on track to retire with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. That alarming data point set the stage for a robust discussion on how to implement a law passed by the California Legislature in September that mandates a state-run retirement program for private sector workers. Read More
A big new conservation park on the coast of Western Australia’s Kimberley region will be jointly managed by the land’s Traditional Owners and the state as part of a new approach to environmental protection in partnership with Aboriginal people. Read More
Most Americans save for retirement through a workplace retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b). Still, more than one-third of full-time American workers lack access to this kind of plan, and access varies widely depending on a worker’s industry. Read More
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