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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  • How Governments Support Higher Education Through the Tax Code

    To maximize the impact of higher education investments and achieve desired policy goals, policymaker should have knowledge of the full range of assistance provided to institutions and students. This means having an understanding of the billions of dollars made available through spending programs and the tax code. However, too frequently these two types of support are not considered in tandem, and... Read More

  • Bill’s Passage Helps Washington State Tribal Communities Access Dental Care

    On Feb. 9, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill to allow Native American tribes to receive federal funding needed to sustain tribal clinics that use a midlevel dental provider. Earlier in February, S.S.B. 5079 passed the Senate unanimously. Read More

  • New College Curriculum Teaches Dental Therapy

    A model dental therapy curriculum is newly available to community colleges and universities interested in launching programs that prepare this workforce.  Crafted to meet dental therapy guidelines issued  in 2015 by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, the sample curriculum can help educational institutions streamline the often arduous process of developing new training programs. Read More

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