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 dental health, the growing costs of incarceration, the need for cost-effective public pensions, and making voting more accurate, convenient, and secure.
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U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of Alabama’s Middle District in June 2017 found “persistent and severe shortages of mental-health staff and correctional staff, combined with chronic and significant overcrowding” in the state’s prisons, following a trial over whether in-facility mental health services violate constitutional requirements. Then he ordered the state to... Read More
New Jersey faces significant fiscal challenges, including chronic budget shortfalls, substantial long-term obligations, and rising costs for services. These difficulties have led to 11 downgrades from rating agencies in the last seven years. Overcoming them will not be easy, but evidence-based policies can help put the state on stronger financial footing. Read More
A U.S. House of Representatives bill passed today would repair numerous holes in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides federally backed insurance to roughly 5 million policyholders across the country. But the legislation falls short of fully fixing the NFIP, which has drawn widespread criticism as being both too generous in its subsidized rates for risky properties and too... Read More
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