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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President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2017 federal budget plan includes a number of proposals to improve opportunities for American workers to save for retirement. Read More
Health care spending by state and local governments changed by the second smallest rate on record in 2014, a year in which millions of Americans gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of state Medicaid programs. Read More
The 2016 Pew report Who’s In, Who’s Out: A Look at Access to Employer-Based Retirement Plans and Participation in the States examines the rates of access to and participation in private retirement savings plans in all 50 states. It also assesses the challenges facing policymakers, workers, and employers in ensuring that Americans have sufficient resources for... Read More