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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  • Fierce Hurricane Season Again Shows Value of Natural Flood Barriers

    Wherever it rains, it can flood. After seeing the intensity of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria—Harvey alone dumped 33 trillion gallons of rain on Texas—coastal and inland areas around the country are seeking ways to better withstand floods. And one way to do that is to preserve and expand natural barriers that help protect communities from floodwaters. Read More

  • Best Practices for State Rainy Day Funds in Nebraska

    Robert Zahradnik, principal officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health project, testified Sept. 22 before Nebraska’s Appropriations Committee about best practices for state rainy day funds. He presented research by the project on savings strategies to mitigate revenue volatility, setting withdrawal conditions for rainy day funds, and determining the optimal amount to... Read More

  • Hurricane Harvey Highlights Importance of Preparing for Storms

    The United States needs a national discussion on how to prevent the level of devastation in Houston and Florida from happening again. With large swaths of the South still flooded, that conversation should begin now. Better storm preparedness could have helped lessen the damage from Harvey and Irma, and governments at all levels should invest in readying vulnerable American cities for severe... Read More

Can Public Policy Be Inventive?

Our Sue Urahn shares the latest facts and examples from across the U.S. in Trend magazine. 

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