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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Three years after nutrition standards were strengthened for the national school lunch and breakfast programs, a Mississippi poll released today by the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project reveals that 80 percent of voters and 76 percent of parents who are registered to vote and have children in the state’s public schools favor the current guidelines. Read More