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 dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.

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  • Survey Highlights Worker Perspectives on Barriers to Retirement Saving

    Many Americans are not saving enough for retirement, and potential overreliance on federal programs—such as Social Security and Medicare—to ease income insecurity among aging populations is likely to strain government budgets. Half of retired Americans receive $1,366 or less in monthly Social Security retirement benefits, which means that real retirement security typically requires... Read More

  • Dental Therapists Could Provide Cost-Efficient Care in Veterans’ Nursing Homes

    The number of senior citizens (ages 65 and older) in the United States is expected to double to more than 98 million by 2060. The Census Bureau predicts that by 2030 the U.S. will be home to about 9 million people age 85 and older, many of whom will face mobility challenges. Compared with earlier decades, more seniors are expected to still have their teeth and will need continuing dental care.... Read More

  • Arizona Advocates Push for Dental Therapists

    More than 2 million Arizonans struggle to access the dental care they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Now Dental Care for Arizona is advocating that the state Legislature be allowed to consider giving dental providers the ability to address the significant need for care in their communities. Read More

Can Public Policy Be Inventive?

Our Sue Urahn shares the latest facts and examples from across the U.S. in Trend magazine. 

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