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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At the National Governors Association’s Summer Meeting this week in West Virginia, leaders from around the country will collaborate across party lines to develop best practices that improve state government. Important lessons can be learned from governors who enacted policies this year to strengthen their states’ long-term fiscal and economic health. These initiatives reflect a... Read More
More than 700 policymakers, home visiting practitioners, and researchers came together in May for the Fifth National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs. Summit attendees learned, among many other topics, about state innovations such as agency and community collaboration and home visiting with two parents. Read More
The tax proposals the U.S. presidential candidates have unveiled so far differ in their priorities and level of detail, but a common approach is to reduce tax rates and scale back or eliminate certain deductions, credits, or exclusions, also known as tax expenditures. The debate over these plans will focus on how they would affect federal revenue—but that is not the entire story. Read More