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 a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative names Minnesota as one of five leading states in evidence-based policymaking. Read More
Tools to Help Governors, Legislatures Continue to Generate—and Implement—Policy Ideas and Innovations
The National Governors Association is holding its winter meeting this week in Washington, D.C. The meeting follows significant changes in the nation’s capital: President Donald Trump took the oath of office in January, and the new 115th Congress is in session. But governors, working with their legislatures and across party lines, will continue to generate—and... Read More
To maximize the impact of higher education investments and achieve desired policy goals, policymaker should have knowledge of the full range of assistance provided to institutions and students. This means having an understanding of the billions of dollars made available through spending programs and the tax code. However, too frequently these two types of support are not considered in tandem, and... Read More
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