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 many cases, the cost of specific state tax incentive programs has increased quickly and unexpectedly by tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. As a result, lawmakers have been forced to make difficult choices between raising taxes and cutting spending to keep budgets balanced. Read More
In recent years, policymakers have approved one- or two-year extensions of the sales tax deduction as part of a broad package of temporary tax laws known as the “tax extenders.” But as of now the deduction is expired and will not be available for people to claim on their 2015 tax returns unless Congress passes the tax extenders bill. Read More
Poor oral health affects Oregonians of all ages. Dental problems can lead to low performance in and absences from school and work and are associated with serious health concerns, including heart and lung disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight, and premature births. Read More