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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Indiana recently announced it would provide United Technologies Corp. with $7 million in tax incentives over 10 years to encourage the company’s Carrier Corp. unit to keep about 1,000 jobs in the state. This Q&A with Josh Goodman of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ states’ fiscal health team explains what economic development tax incentives are, why they matter, and how... Read More
Opioid-use disorders pose a serious public health problem in the United States. Medicaid beneficiaries are especially at risk: Nationwide, people on Medicaid enter emergency departments for opioid-related overdoses at much higher rates than patients with other types of insurance. Read More
State and local governments frequently rely on community-based organizations to serve individuals and families. In 2012, according to the Urban Institute, governments spent approximately $80 billion through contracts or grants on human services programs that were delivered by nonprofit organizations. Given the critical role these organizations play in assisting vulnerable populations,... Read More
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