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Congress will soon decide whether to revoke federal guidance for states trying to help private sector workers save for retirement. In mid-February, the House of Representatives approved two resolutions invoking the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block rules adopted in 2016 by the Department of Labor that clarify how states and some large cities can sponsor payroll deduction individual... Read More
In a new report, the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative names Minnesota as one of five leading states in evidence-based policymaking. Read More
A new twist on the legal concept of municipal insolvency could change how some financially troubled local governments seek permission to file for federal bankruptcy protection. Read More
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