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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Although total federal dollars to states increased by $22.9 billion, or 4.5 percent, the federal share didnot increase markedly because states’ tax collections increased enough to keep the proportion relatively stable. Read More
States receive federal grants to help fund programs in areas ranging from education to transportation to healthcare. Federal grants accounted for an average of 31 percent of total state revenue in 2014, but states’ reliance onthis revenue source varies widely. At nearly 41 percent, Mississippi had the largest share of revenue from federalgrants, while North Dakota had the smallest at 17... Read More
All dollar figures in millions. Parentheses indicate negative value. States attain positive amortization if they contribute more than 100 percent of the amortizationbenchmark. Data in 2014 reflect reporting under new accounting standards. Pension debt represents the net pension liability under the new GASB rules. The value ofplan assets is reported as net plan position. The funded ratio data for... Read More
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