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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In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration intended, among other things, to allow millions of unauthorized immigrants to avoid deportation. Read More
Utah Governor Gary Herbert (R) signed into law H.B. 333 on March 27. The measure increases the amount of money the state can put into its rainy day funds. These new maximum balances will significantly improve the state’s capacity to save, manage volatility in its revenue collections, and prepare for the next economic downturn. Read More